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University of Westminster awarded prestigious EU computing grant

1 July 2011

Centre for Parallel Computing wins five landmark grants in the last twelve months, totalling almost £1 million

The University of Westminster’s Centre for Parallel Computing in the School of Electronics and Computer Science has been awarded an EU Framework 7 research grant of £308,000 for a Scientific Gateway-Based User Support (SCI-BUS) project.

The EU grant brings the total external research funding awarded to the Centre for Parallel Computing in the last 12 months to £956,000.

SCI-BUS will create a platform for providing seamless access to major computing, data and networking services in Europe. The research and technology that will be developed under the SCI-BUS project will benefit a variety of academic communities at the University. The project will develop 11 customised computer gateways which will be tailored to meet the specific needs of user specialists in fields that include astrophysics, seismology, bioscience, biomedicine and business process modelling

Professor Stephen Winter, director of the Centre for Parallel Computing at the University of Westminster, said: “The SCI-BUS grant will enable us to develop essential gateway technology to connect a range of university communities to major distributed computing infrastructures (DCI’s) and services in Europe.

"In addition to building user-specific gateways based on European-wide networks of computing clusters, grids and clouds, the project will provide operation and maintenance support to the new and existing user groups and also develop grid and cloud applications for research user communities".

Prof Winter added special attention will be given to standardisation, quality control and usability issues to increase the chances of adoption of the SCI-BUS technology by new users.

The Centre for Parallel Computing’s other funded collaborative project grants, all in the area of engaging researchers with high-performance grids and clouds,  include Optimal Scheduling of Scientific Application Workflows for Cloud-augmented Grid Infrastructures, European Desktop Grid Initiative (EDGI), Sharing Interoperable Workflows for Large-scale Scientific Simulations on Available DCI’s (SHIWA), Desktop Grids for International Scientific Collaboration (DEGISCO), Enabling Desktop Grids for e-Science (EDGeS), and Protein Molecule Simulation on the Grid (ProSim).

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