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Microsoft creates Institute for High Performance Computing at the University of Southampton

Published: 16 November 2005

This week sees the launch of the Microsoft Institute for High Performance Computing at the University of Southampton.

Led by Professor Simon Cox and Dr Kenji Takeda in the School of Engineering Sciences, the Institute will push state-of-the-art technologies to tackle real-world scientific and engineering problems. World-class researchers in the School of Engineering Sciences work closely with industrial partners that span the aerospace, automotive, bioengineering, marine and telecommunications sectors.

Professor Cox explains: "Our aim is to demonstrate why, where, and how we are exploiting current and future Microsoft tools and technologies to make the engineering design process faster, cheaper and better."

Dennis Crain of Microsoft added: "It's an exciting opportunity to have a top engineering school such as Southampton use Microsoft software to solve tough engineering research problems. In this way Southampton will help refine future versions of our new high performance computing product, Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003."

Staff from the Southampton Institute for High Performance Computing will be demonstrating their Tablet PC-based photonic crystal design system on the Microsoft stand at Supercomputing 2005 in Seattle. Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect, delivered the conference keynote speech yesterday (Tuesday 15 November).

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Notes for editors

  1. The University of Southampton's School of Engineering Sciences offers expertise in engineering disciplines that underpin every aspect of 21st century life. Evolving from its traditional engineering roots, the School continues to expand into new, exciting research areas. From orthopaedic implant modelling and modern fuel cell technologies, to enhancing satellite broadcast technology and improving the aerodynamics of Formula One racing cars and hydrodynamics of America's Cup yachts, the School is always at the leading edge of engineering research.
  2. The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. The University has around 20,000 students and nearly 5,000 staff. Its annual turnover is in the region of £274 million.
  3. Supercomputing 2005 is the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking and storage, and will convene November 12-18, 2005 in Seattle. The 26th Top 500 Supercomputers list will be announced on 15 November.
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