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EPSRC Reference: EP/C528662/1
Title: High End Scientific Computing
Principal Investigator: Taylor, Professor PR
Other Investigators:
Allen, Professor MP Arber, Professor T Roemer, Professor RA
Stuart, Professor A Jarvis, Professor S
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Department: Chemistry
Organisation: University of Warwick
Scheme: MTP
Starts: 01 October 2005 Ends: 30 September 2011 Value (£): 422,444
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
High Performance Computing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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As a result of investments by EPSRC, the UK's computational scientists have access to a wide range of computing resources, including some that rank among the world's most powerful. In order to take maximum advantage of these resources it is necessary to train a cadre of computational scientists, both to use these resources effectively with existing algorithms and codes, and also (and perhaps even more critical) to develop and implement new algorithms: to start afresh even in traditional and highly developed computational science disciplines. In addition, there is a need to broaden the user base and bring computational methods into new areas. Our proposed Training Centre will provide the means for PhD students from throughout the UK to obtain an MSc qualification and training in how to address these pressing issues. In so doing, the Centre will benefit both the disciplines that rely on high-end computing, and mathematics and computer science, which are enriched in their turn by the theoretical questions these disciplines raise.The MSc will be built on the strengths of Warwick University in the areas of Scientific Computing, the Mathematical and Computational Sciences, and in various specific Science and Engineering disciplines. The close integration of computing methodology and scientific application is essential if we are to train students to tackle problems afresh. This is not just a question of programming technique: the training must extend into the scientific disciplines and be combined with a deep understanding of the scientific goals of high-end computing. Warwick University has led the way in establishing, three years ago, a Centre for Scientific Computing, in which these multiple disciplines come together. This Centre provides the ideal environment for the proposed High End Computing training centre. The present proposal directly involves computer scientists and applied mathematicians, together with established high end computing scientists and engineers; it stresses the development of skills in visualisation, parallel computing, and software development; and it builds on established multidisciplinary activities at Warwick.The course will be based on three strands of activity:1. training in the basics of HEC (software, hardware, visualization);2. education in the underpinning concepts of mathematics, computer science, and statistics (data analysis);3. active training, through projects and other assignments, in the application of these ideas to real problems in specific disciplines.These activities will be carried out in a framework of purpose-designed graduate-level lecture-based and non-lecture-based modules, combined with modules composed of lectures taken from existing modules, supplemented by tutorials, directed reading, and practical assignments.A key aspect of the proposal is the place that it occupies in the larger plan for the Centre for Scientific Computing. We are currently developing an MSc in Scientific Computing, using the same modules. The CSC at Warwick University is simultaneously developing its own stand-alone one-year MSc course, the training components of which will also be available to PhD students throughout Warwick University. We have been very careful in constructing the new MSc modules in such a manner that they will be useable both in the proposed MSc HEC Training Course, and to students at Warwick on the new MSc in Scientific Computing, currently under development. It cannot be overemphasized that an integral part of graduate training arises through critical mass. By immersing external PhD students within a growing multi-disciplinary graduate training structure at Warwick, this critical mass will be achieved. Students both from outside Warwick, and at Warwick, will benefit from it.
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