IBM pushes for UK raw power

IBM data centreIBM said it is to create a UK Power design centre at Hartree in conjunction with Nvidia, Mellanox and Science and Technology Facilities Council (SFTC).

Power is shorthand for IBM’s microprocessor family, and the centre will focus on high performance computing for modelling, simulation, and big data analysis.

The UK government had recently announced investment into the Hartree Crntre at Daresbury, in the belief it will boost economic growth.

Dr Peter Allan, acting director of the Hartree Centre said the new design centre is aimed at helping industry and academia use IBM and Nvidia’s expertise in supercomputing.

Dave Turek, an IBM VP of high performance computing, said the centre will extend existing acceleration and design centres in Hermany and France, based on the OpenPOWER technologies.