Press release

Chancellor announces boost for state of the art computing

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Two grants totalling £30 million have been awarded to the Hartree Centre in Daresbury, near Warrington, and its academic and industrial partners to develop new super technology, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced.

A grant of £19 million will go towards developing new technology to make super computers more efficient and improve battery life of devices like laptops, tablets and mobile phones. A second grant of £11 milion will fund essential advanced computing capability for the world’s largest radio telescope, allowing groundbreaking research into the origins of the universe.

The Hartree Centre is one of the biggest, and the most versatile, dedicated supercomputing centres in the world. The world class facilities are part of the wider Daresbury Science and Technology Enterprise Zone, one of two national Science and Innovation Campuses (the other is at Harwell in Oxfordshire).

Development at Daresbury is expected to create 10,000 high quality jobs across several hundred technology companies and unlock over £150 million of private sector investment in the area. Daresbury officially became one of the Government’s Enterprise Zones in April 2012 and has already begun work with IBM, Intel and Unilever.

Visiting the centre the Chancellor said:

Britain is in a global race and we are in a position to lead the way in science and technology. Projects like the Daresbury development are crucial to boosting the economy and putting the UK at the forefront of the big data revolution.

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said:

The next generation of scientific discovery will be data-driven. This £30 million investment will support one of the world’s leading high performance computing software centres.

It will help ensure that UK science and industry stay at the very forefront of research and development.

This investment forms part of the £600 million investment for science announced by the Chancellor at the Autumn Statement 2012. Details of the funding arrangements, providing investment in the ‘eight great technologies’ were set out by David Willetts on 24 January 2013.

Notes for Editors

  1. The Chancellor announced at the Autumn Statement 2012 £600 million of funding for science research facilities. Further information on the Autumn Statement is available here: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/as2012_index.htm

  2. A breakdown of the funding arrangements was set out by the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts on 24 January 2013 in his speech to Policy Exchange, announcing investment in the ‘eight great technologies’. More information is available here: http://news.bis.gov.uk/Press-Releases/-600-million-investment-in-the-eight-great-technologies-68680.aspx

  3. Funding is allocated through the Science and Technology Facilities Council. Further information on their work to keep the UK at the forefront of international science is available here: http://www.stfc.ac.uk/About+STFC/5877.aspx

  4. More information on the Hartree Centre can be found on their website: http://www.stfc.ac.uk/hartree/default.aspx