Chris Headland (left) with the students that will be
The unique project arose as part of the
Professional Perspectives module the
students were undertaking. In this module students have to present a
business idea that could utilise High Performance Computing (HPC) Wales'
supercomputer. When the team presented their unique idea to the external panel
of judges, HPC Wales offered to help them to take their idea further and have
offered to support the students to work on it as an extra-curricular activity.
HPC Wales will provide each of the students with a
training summer camp, and a £300 bursary. HPC Wales have been incredibly
supportive of the project.
The project will see the students develop an
agent-based modelling toolkit, specifically designed for use on a High
Performance Computer. By using a HPC system to program, the students will be
able to run thousands of simulations simultaneously, allowing them to improve
the accuracy of the predictive models through aggregated results. These
agent-based modelling toolkits (computer models) can run on normal computers but
with very limited results. The high performance computers speed things up so
thousands of simulations take hours, rather than weeks to run. This means that
averages can be taken from a larger number of scenarios, enabling more accurate
The project supervisor is Chris Headland, a PhD
student at the School of Computer Science, who himself is researching this area
of computing. He said: "I am delighted that HPC Wales will be supporting the
development of this idea. It will be great research and work experience for our
students, I'm looking forward to helping them."
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