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Academic research partnerships

UCL currently collaborates with other UK institutions on research computing projects via membership of the Science and Engineering South Consortium (SES-5) and eInfrastructure South Consortium.

Science and Engineering South Consortium (SES-5)

UCL is a member of SES-5, along with the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Southampton, and Imperial College London.

The SES-5 will explore how their shared infrastructures and training can be used to stimulate further international, national and regional synergy in research, while also sharing major facilities for research in the physical sciences, bio-sciences and engineering.

It is vital that we maintain our pre-eminence in research, and careful planning of our infrastructure is essential if we are to maintain a leading international position.

Professor Donal Bradley, Pro-Rector for Research, Imperial College

We have just started on this collaborative project, although we already have in place collaborative grants that have a value in excess of £150m. We are delighted to formalise links with the UK institutions with whom we already collaborate most in science and engineering research.

Professor Philip Nelson, Southampton’s Pro Vice-Chancellor

Find out more about the Science and Engineering South Consortium

eInfrastructure South: Centre for Innovation

The eInfrastructure South consortium comprises the Universities of Bristol, Oxford, Southampton, UCL, and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

The Centre for Innovation (CfI) project was established in January 2012 following an award of £3.8m from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) to the consortium.

The CfI comprises two regional or ‘Tier 2’ High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities for use by researchers from the CfI founding institutions, and with the aim of further engagement with industry and other universities within the region.

  • Emerald – a large graphics processing unit (GPU) system hosted by the STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Emerald has a sustained capability of 114 Teraflops and on installation in March 2012 was one of the largest GPU based systems in Europe.
  • Iridis - a 12,000 core general purpose HPC system hosted by the University of Southampton with a performance of circa 108 Teraflops.

Iridis and Emerald complement the institutional HPC services of the consortium partners by providing access to technologies, large-scale systems, and expertise that are typically not possible to provide acting alone.

The SES5 e-Infrastructure partnership enables a wide range of cross institutional research activities to be explored. Since the creation of the Centre for Innovation, Oxford researchers have been able to access not only larger HPC facilities but also benefit from being part of a much larger research community. Beyond HPC it also enables our institutes to share ideas and explore other areas of common interest such as in distributed data management.

Andrew Richards, Head of Advanced Research Computing, University of Oxford

Visit the Centre for Innovation website.