Hartree Centre
Hartree Workshops



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The Hartree Centre will be a new kind of computational sciences institute for the UK. It will seek to bring together academic, government and industry communities and focus on multi-disciplinary, multi-scale, efficient and effective simulation. The goal is to provide a step-change in modelling capabilities for strategic themes including energy, life sciences, the environment, and materials.

The Hartree Centre is being realised as one of a number of Technology Gateway Centres that form part of STFC's strategy for the development of the Daresbury and Harwell Science & Innovation Campuses. Capital funding for the first three of them, including £50M from the Large Facilities Capital Fund to build and equip the Hartree Centre, was approved by DIUS, see the DIUS Press Release on 14th July 2008 for more details. Detailed science and business cases are being developed for submission to the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS). In 2008 we also organised a series of initial workshops in several different subject areas (see below). We plan to work with the industrial and academic community to build an exciting science programme that supports a step-change in knowledge exchange and economic impact.

Our vision for the Hartree Centre combines an innovative approach to computational science research that will be funded through a programme of grants, knowledge exchange and service activities. Some of the key elements of the Hartree Centre approach will be:

~ a small number of focussed, medium- to long-term, grand challenges in a highly collaborative structure, bringing together the skills of leading UK and international research groups, and the STFC;

~ extended and dedicated access to large-scale computational resources;

~ a coordinated programme of algorithm and software development, driven by the needs of the grand challenges, with input from both commercial and non-commercial application software developers, software tool developers, computer science and numerical algorithms experts and computational scientists;

~ space to host extended visits from UK and overseas academics and students additional funding from the Centre in the form of research grants and funded sabbaticals extended access to peta-flop scale computational hardware;

~ a training facility offering courses in theory, computational science and engineering and advanced computing to augment postgraduate courses and industrial staff training;

~ the support of knowledge exchange in conjunction with a wide range of commercial and industrial partners.

Hartree Workshops

13th & 14th July 2008 — Correlation Workshop (at Jurys Inn Hotel, Manchester)

14th July 2008 — Computational Challenges in the Environmental Sciences (at STFC Daresbury Laboratory)

17th July 2008 — Extreme Engineering — Opportunities Using Petaflop Computing (at STFC Daresbury Laboratory)

17th July 2008 — Materials Simulation on Petascale Systems (at Imperial College London)

22nd & 23rd July 2008 — Exploitation of Petascale HPC Systems (at University of Manchester)

5th & 6th August 2008 — Towards the Virtual Cell (at The Cosener's House, Abingdon)

20th August 2008 — Challenges at the Experimental/Computational Science Interface (at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)

Research Challenges in Applied Computing Science (date and venue to be confirmed)

Towards the Human Physiome (date and venue to be confirmed)

Contact Details

The Hartree Centre
c/o Dr Richard Blake
Science & Technology Facilities Council
Daresbury Laboratory
Daresbury Science & Innovation Campus

Tel: +44 (0)1925 603372
Fax: +44 (0)1925 603634
Email: richard.blake@stfc.ac.uk