In October I was delighted to welcome First Minister for Northern Ireland, The Right Hon. Peter Robinson, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and guests to the launch of Fujitsu’s High Performance Computing Service in the Northern Ireland Science Park – a first for Northern Ireland.
Both Ministers visited Fujitsu’s Tokyo headquarters last December as part of their first business mission to Japan and I had the great pleasure of joining them on that visit. During their time there they heard about Fujitsu’s vision for a Human Centric Intelligent Society and viewed a range of our latest innovations including High Performance Computing – a new Service that we are delighted to now bring to Northern Ireland for the first time.
Fujitsu, in collaboration with our partner HPC Wales, and using the latest Fujitsu technology and expertise will deliver the HPC service. This has the capacity to handle and analyse massive amounts of data at high speed. Importantly, HPC enables tasks that can take months using normal computers to be delivered in days or even minutes, at a fraction of the cost organisations would otherwise incur. It can be used to model and solve highly complex problems across a range of high value sectors. In particular it can deliver faster and more efficient computer modelling, data analysis, rapid mathematical calculations, simulations, visualisation of complex data, software development and digital image rendering for the creative industries.
The High Performance Computing service will enable local industry and researchers in Northern Ireland to greatly enhance their computing power in a cost effective and efficient manner. The introduction of this HPC service has the potential to fast-track more innovation and engineering excellence, to help more Northern Ireland businesses to compete on the world stage – be that in software, healthcare, manufacturing or agriculture.
Watch this video from the launch event to find out more.