Bristol labeled Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC)
Stéphane Bihan | Mar. 12, 2014
After the TACC, the Universities of Tennessee and Purdue, ICHEC, ZIB, and CINECA, Bristol University in Great Britain has become the seventh Intel center dedicated to parallel computing, and is now labeled an IPCC. These centers' vocation is to modernize current codes to make them more parallel-capable, so that modern processor architectures can be put to better use. They also aim to train students, scientists, and researchers in parallel programming techniques, which is a whole other challenge in itself.
Intel chose Bristol University for its research in manycore parallel architecture usage and for its leadership in standard and open models in parallel programming. This falls into the category of exploratory academic work that the chip manufacturer finances generously. Moreover, IPCCs are part of a program in which the more concrete objective is to address current challenges in parallel computing in the fields of energy, industrial science, life sciences, etc. As such, they receive funds for a two-year period which can be renewed, depending on provable results. Bristol, in particular, will be in charge of optimizing applications in the fields of fluid dynamics and molecular engineering.