About High Performance Computing (HPC)
What is it?
High Performance Computing (HPC) is the supercomputing tool that researchers and students across Imperial College London use to discover and innovate in the fields of science, engineering, medicine and business. HPC supports simulation, alongside theory and experimentation. HPC uses state-of-the-art computational techniques and hardware at the frontline of current processing capacity.
Who uses it?
Students want to come to Imperial College London to play their part in finding solutions to global challenges in areas such as energy, the environment and healthcare. Our students learn about the opportunities in harnessing big data and become skilled programmers in addition to their core discipline. They go on to apply these skills, continuing to influence and innovate in successful careers across the digital economy."
The HPC facility at Imperial supports hundreds of professors, senior researchers and PhD and Masters students in making important advances in areas from aeronautics to clinical science. The facility is also used by many of College's multidisciplinary centres for research, including the Applied Modelling and Computation Group, Centre for Computation Methods in Science and Engineering, The Thomas Young Centre and the London Centre for Nanotechnology.
HPC-enabled research has supported innovations in more efficient energy use, developed diagnostic tools and treatments for both common and rare genetics diseases and cancers, designed digitally smarter and more sustainable cities and enhanced aerodynamics for aviation.
Today, many students not only have to become experts in their own field but also skilled software developers and HPC plays an important role in developing advanced digital skills.
Our investment in HPC
To grow the capability of this valuable research and teaching supercomputing resource, Imperial has committed significant capital investment over coming years to continuously develop HPC hardware, in addition to funding for support, running costs and training. The vision for substantial expansion of Imperial's supercomputing facilities is to achieve a Tier 2 capability, normally considered a regional scale one level higher than what is expected of local institutional facilities. Such a facility would also ensure that Imperial's researchers can make best use of Tier 1 national facilities such as ARCHER.