UK government teams up with IBM

IBM logoIBM will contribute £200 million to support the UK government’s Hartree Centre, it said today.

The UK said in last year’s Autumn Statement that it would invest £113 into the project, aimed at boosting big data research in the UK.

IBM will give the centre access to its “Watson” cognitive computing system, put 24 of its researchers into the project, and jointly commercialise the intellectual property assets in conjunction with the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The STFC runs the Hartree Centre.

Jo Johnson, UK minister for universities and science, said the partnership will “help businesses make the best use of big data to develop better products and services”.

David Stokes, IBM UK’s chief executive, said that the Hartree Centre will benefit from developments from the OpenPOWER foundation – a cooperative community that includes Nvidia, Mellanox and another 100 organisations.

Professor John Womersley, who runs the STFC said that data intensive techniques are changing every scientific discipline.