31 May 2017
The new Hartree Centre building at Sci-Tech Daresbury has been officially opened by HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, during a visit to the world-leading campus.
STFC’s Hartree Centre is a high performance computing and data analytics research facility founded by the UK government in collaboration with information technology leaders IBM.
The new building brings together under one roof staff from the Hartree Centre, IBM, the University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre and Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Scientific Computing Department.
During the visit His Royal Highness heard from Hartree Centre users and observed demonstrations of the centre’s projects and capabilities.
The Hartree Centre’s mission is to transform the competitiveness of UK industry through high performance computing, big data and cognitive technologies by working with academic researchers and companies in a wide range of industries.
Professor Susan Smith, Head of STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory, said: “This new building symbolises STFC’s commitment to transforming UK industry through high performance computing, big data and cognitive technologies. The interior has been extensively upgraded to integrate technology supporting and developing the partnerships and collaboration that underpins how STFC and all the Hartree partners work.
“Bringing collaborators and clients together in this new environment, builds on the strength of Daresbury’s long running relationship with IBM and will accelerate the development of technologies, boosting UK productivity.”
Bill Kelleher, Chief Executive of IBM UK & Ireland, added: “The opening of this centre, where IBM research staff will work alongside researchers from other organisations to develop tools for companies to use as part of a push towards technological leadership, is evidence of the quality of work that has already come out of this partnership.”
The Hartree Centre works with academic researchers and companies in a wide range of industries. One notable collaboration between IBM and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital is creating the UK's first ‘cognitive hospital’, using the IBM Watson cognitive computing platform to improve the patient journey and experience.
Sci-Tech Daresbury is a private-public joint-venture partnership between developer Langtree, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Halton Borough Council.
The Hartree Centre was formed in 2012, as part of part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and awarded Government funding to strengthen UK competitiveness in areas including big data and energy efficient computing. The Hartree Centre is home to some of the most technically advanced high performance computing, data analytics, machine learning technologies and experts in the UK.