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The University of Bradford transforms heritage preservation and Archaeological Research with HPC

By Julian Fielden, Managing Director of OCF. We’ve recently been working with archaeologists and computing scientists at the University of Bradford who are benefitting from the University’s first high performance computing (HPC) system.  This new HPC environment (designed, integrated and supported by OCF) is transforming heritage preservation by revolutionising the capacity for data collation for […]

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OCF, the BBC and Machine Learning

It was with great interest that I read about a new project that has been announced by BBC Research and Development, which is partnering with eight UK universities – several of which are customers of OCF.  The Data Science Research Partnership (DSRP) aims to be at the forefront of Machine Learning in the media industry, […]

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Three Astounding Deep Learning Projects

Deep learning is now a fundamental part of research and teaching at many universities and organisations around the world. Yet as with all kinds of academia, those fastest to findings take the limelight – as well as the next round of research grants. At the forefront of deep learning is the relatively new IBM Power […]

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Will Brexit have an impact on University research in the UK?

Brexit has been at the forefront of our minds for the past few months and there have been concerns about how the vote to leave the European Union will impact University-based research in the UK. In many walks of life there is the temptation to use the news of a huge ‘macro’ event to cover […]

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UCL ‘Graces’ HPC Top 500 List

I am very happy to share with you that UCL’s Grace Expansion project has made #399 on the HPC Top 500 list. Grace has also become the number 1 University HPC system in the UK! The Grace system was launched earlier this year, as a result of hard work not only from the team at […]

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Enabling big data for microbiology in the food sector

In the last of a four-part series about bioinformatics, I’ll be taking a look at the food industry and discussing the role micro-organisms play and how we must control their presence in the production chain. Micro-organisms are found virtually everywhere in the environment; in the air, soil and water, in the intestines and faeces of […]

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Unlocking the data secrets hidden in life sciences

In the third of a four-part series about bioinformatics, I’ll be discussing the role microbiology plays in life sciences, and how technology can assist you with processing and analysing such vast datasets. The life sciences are becoming a big data enterprise as advances in genomics, imaging and other technologies enable biologists to generate new information […]

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Overcoming the data challenge posed by DNA sequencing

In the second of a four-part series about bioinformatics, I’ll be discussing how DNA sequencing is affecting storage infrastructures, and provide insight into how you can share this information to collaborate more effectively with your colleagues and peers. When Applied Biosystems introduced the AB370A in 1986, it signalled the beginning of a revolution in genomics. […]

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