The significance of High Performance Computing in materials research has recently been recognised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the award of £4 million to a consortium of partners to create a new national supercomputing centre, the Materials and Molecular Modelling Hub. The HPC facility that the MMM Hub hosts is known as Thomas, a 17,000 core machine designed to support small to medium sized capacity computing focusing on materials and molecular modelling.
The launch of this Tier 2 supercomputer on the 14 September was designed to raise awareness amongst the entire UK Materials and Molecular Modelling community of the accessibility and capabilities of this new UK-wide High Performance Computing Hub.
We were pleased to meet researchers, support staff, academics and industry members from across the interdisciplinary field of materials, be they physicists, chemists, engineers, materials scientists, biologists, geologists and more.
We welcomed leaders in the field, including Dr Susan Morrell (EPSRC), Prof. Mark Miodownik (UCL) and Massimo Noro (Science Leader High Performance Computing at Unilever). Full talks and presentations are available below, as well as the panel Q&A podcast.
From our Researchers
Dr. Francesca Baletto
Modelling ‘Magic’ Nanoparticles, KCL
Dr. Rachel Crespo-Otero
Modelling Aggregation Induced Emission In Molecular Crystals, QMUL
Dr. Elton Santos
Atomistic Control of Dynamical Properties of Energy Materials and Beyond, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr. Susan Morrell
Why Tier 2 Centres? EPSRC
Dr. Massimo Noro
Modelling for Industrial Applications, Unilever
Prof. Daniele Dini
Advanced Modelling of Surfaces and Interfaces with Focus on Tribological Applications, Imperial College London
Prof. Chris Pickard
Random Explorations of Materials Structure Space: working with computers and nature, The University of Cambridge
Prof. Mark Miodownik
Materials for the 21st Century, UCL