British and German scientists have agreed to co-ordinate an international review of research using high performance computing (HPC) in the UK.
In the first ever Anglo-German collaboration of its kind, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has teamed up with German research foundation the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
The review was conducted by a panel of international researchers appointed by the EPSRC and the DFG.
The panel of 10 researchers from Germany, Japan, Belgium, Switzerland and the US looked at 15 British research facilities which rely primarily on the use of HPC for their work. Some of the information gathered for the report was obtained in interviews at the facilities.
"The EPSRC wanted a totally unbiased, independent opinion of their research facilities," said Harald Knobloch, review co-ordinator from the DFG. "That was one of the reasons why there were no British researchers on the panel."
The findings of the review suggested that research in the UK using HPC is of the highest standard and remains competitive at an international level.
However, the panel also made several recommendations for further improvements of the research environment in the UK, in particular regarding the installation of HPC services such as the High End Computing Terascale Resource.
Unlike Germany, HPC resources in the UK are purchased and administered by the respective Research Councils responsible for each discipline, which are also responsible for allocating computing time.
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