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Loughborough leads the way in making supercomputing accessible to industry

HPC Midlands, a supercomputing facility based at Loughborough University’s Science and Enterprise Park, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Times Higher Education Award.

HPC Midlands is a joint initiative between high performance computing (HPC) experts at Loughborough and the University of Leicester. The project, whose key component is the Loughborough-based 3,008 core supercomputer, provides researchers and business of all sizes with a crucial tool to drive innovation. Its development was supported by funding of £1 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), as one of five regional e-infrastructure centres.

High performance computing is used to process vast quantities of data and undertake complex simulations. It has the potential to act as a catalyst for breakthroughs across a wide range of sectors including bio-informatics, engineering, finance, manufacturing and power.

HPC Midlands has been shortlisted for the Times Higher’s Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology Award, which recognises breakthroughs in the university sector that have a direct impact on the UK economy. This is due to its pioneering work on making e-infrastructure directly accessible to industry and breaking down the barriers that prevent engagement.

Dr Steven Kenny, Director of HPC Midlands, said: “Loughborough University has been working for over ten years with a range of large and small firms on collaborative research and development, using supercomputers to accelerate business processes and bring new products to market faster and cheaper that was previously possible.

“The national recognition that this award nomination will bring is testament to the Loughborough ethos of conducting ‘research that matters’.”


Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 13/164

  1. For further information about HPC Midlands contact Peter Strutton, Business Development Manager, T: 01509 223110, E:, or go to
  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. It has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league, and in recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 11 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.


Hannah Baldwin
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Loughborough University
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