Alison Kennedy to Chair UK HPC & Big Data Conference


By Guest Contributor | January 18, 2018 | HPC, Big Data



This blog post has been written by Govnet Events, the organisers of UK HPC & Big Data conference.

Alison Kennedy is the Director of the STFC Hartree Centre, based at the UK’s Science and Facilities Council’s National Laboratory. The STFC’s Hartree Centre is a high performance computing (HPC) and data analytics research facility which was founded by the government in collaboration with IBM, leaders of information technology.

Alison has been invited to chair the HPC and Big Data Conference on the 6th February 2018 at the Victoria Park Plaza in London. She will introduce conference delegates to a streamed programme, exploring the innovations in key areas of computational research across the public and private sector as well as exascale computing, artificial intelligence, upcycling, infrastructure components and more.

Alison brings a wealth of experience to leading HPC projects within the UK, and she is also Chair of the Board of Directors of The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE). Alison strongly believes that; “the collaboration between the UK’s world-leading infrastructures is instrumental in delivering the business benefits of investment in high-end technology and supporting services to the UK.” 

Following the UK government and IBM’s recent five year investment into the Hartree Centre, Alison promises continued growth and development, enabling the UK industry to exploit opportunities presented by big data and cognitive computing technologies. The Hartree Centre’s mission is to transform the competitiveness of UK industry through HPC, cognitive technologies and big data by collaborating academies researchers and a wide range of companies.  

Dr Andrew Taylor, Executive Director of STFC’s National Laboratories has said that; “Alison Kennedy is an inspirational and experienced technologist and so we are delighted that she has agreed to join the Hartree Centre at such a key time in its evolution.”

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