Young Academic has some great student news for any University of Westminster attendees as the institution has been awarded with a lucrative EU grant. The universities Centre for Parallel Computing has won five landmark grants in the last year – totalling nearly £1,000,000. At last some financial news for a British university or college that isn’t all doom and gloom!
The University of Westminster’s Centre for Parallel Computing in the School of Electronics and Computer Science has been awarded the EU Framework 7 research grant of £308,000 for a Scientific Gateway-Based User Support project. Student will be able to enjoy the benefits of this grant straight away as it looks set to give the University of Westminster’s science department a great boost.
“Indeed, the EU grant brings the total external research funding awarded to the ‘Centre for Parallel Computing’ in the last year to fantastic £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 also develop eleven customised computer gateways which will be tailored to meet the specific needs of student 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 of the recent developments;“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. We will give special attention to standardisation, quality control and above all, 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).