Enhancing engagement between MidPlus and industry

Lead Research Organisation: University of Warwick


This project will establish a collaborative framework in which industry can access both High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities and industry standard commercial software packages in a commercially viable and sustainable manner. In particular, we will work with three software vendors (MathWorks, ESI and Wilde) to produce case studies demonstrating the competitive advantage to SMEs that can arise from access to quality software on HPC facilities. The project will also explore the options for more flexible licensing models that are consistent with HPC-on-demand, and will evaluate the scope for SMEs, particularly within the Engineering and Manufacturing sectors within the MidPlus region, to exploit HPC in improving their product design and development cycles.

Planned Impact

The major impact of this project will be to enhance the ability of UK industry to compete within a global market by enabling industries to make optimal use of computational modelling, simulation and analysis to optimise their product design and their market strategies. We will achieve this by forging collaborations between MidPlus, and a provider of HPC facilities and key software vendors to enable industry to access the complete modelling package that best suits their needs. In the process, we shall work with the software vendors, catapult centres and the MidPlus partner Universities to provide effective knowledge transfer to relevant industry sectors and thereby ensure that they are well placed to exploit the opportunities provided by access to high-end e-Infrastructure without the prohibitive costs of establishing and mainting in-house HPC facilities.


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Description We have established mechanisms and models to allow a synnergy between ISVs and Regional Centres in providing access to high-end e-Infrastrucuture and software to users on a commercial basis however, implementation of these mechanisms will need to await the funding of technology refreshes at regional centres in order to create sufficient capacity with cutting-edge technology for full exploitation.
Exploitation Route The findings are widely applicable
Sectors Chemicals,Energy,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

Description the grant enabled exploratory work on developing new licensing models between Independent Software Vendors and High Performance Computing Centres. In particular, we were able to conduct trials with some specific ISVs within the Engineering sector and develop plans for enhancing access and effectiveness for existing users of such packages. Unforuntately, the lack of further Government investment in regional centre hardware has meant that the regional centres can no longer offer the same cutting-edge hardware to ISV clients, and so the full impact of this project is currently on hold. The landscape has begun to change with the new Regional Centre initiative in 2016/17, but they have not yet acquire their infrastructure nor begun to operate, and so the impact remains on hold.
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Chemicals,Energy,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Societal,Economic

Description Conference Presentation, NAFEMS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presented a paper on new software licensing models for Regional HPC and commercial software vendors to interact with customers. The paper was presented as part of a session on HPC/industry engagement within the annual NAFEMS conference, and attracted more than 50 participants.

Also presented a poster at this same conference that reached a larger portion of the conference attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014