Supercomputing, also known as high performance computing (HPC) puts supercomputers and computer clusters to work to solve complex and advanced problems in a variety of research disciplines.
Each one of us experiences the effects of HPC in our day-to-day lives, although we are unaware of this. For example, while traveling we use cars and planes that were designed and developed using advanced modeling techniques, the fuel spent is made out of the oil that is found and produced using analysis which are relying heavily on supercomputing. The medicines we use are most likely developed through supercomputing. The weather forecasts would be even more inaccurate if supercomputers were not in the picture.
Our reliance on HPC will only increase as it penetrates more and more aspects of business and society. HPC will soon be an essential technology, if not already, due to some major challenges that society is facing today, such as the efficient production of clean energy, predicting and addressing the impacts of climate change, curing diseases, ...The HPCUGent Team supports the UGent researchers in tackling these challenges by offering a state-of-the-art supercomputing environment with associated services.
Our mission: Empowering Researchers
- We support researchers by providing a stable and state of the art high performance computing environment.
- We are in direct contact with the researchers, to support and implement their computational needs.
- We are a driving force behind research projects, by sharing expert knowledge on parallelization of scientific experiments and optimizing existing software packages.
- We are a strategic partner of the Flemish Supercomputer Centre (VSC), a collaboration effort between the Flemish universities, and strive to develop partnerships with international research institutes.
On October 25th 2012 the first VSC supercomputer, hosted at Ghent University, was inaugurated. For more information, click here.