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NCSA Special Seminar: Paul Hatton (University of Birmingham)


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Join us on April 18th for an NCSA Special Seminar with Paul Hatton from the University of Birmingham!

Abstract: The University of Birmingham is one of the major research universities in the UK and was awarded the prestigious Times and Sunday Times University of the Year in September 2013. When the University released recurrent funding in 2012 for a central High Performance Computing (HPC) resource, a free-at-the-point-of-use integrated research environment was developed to serve the wide range of users and disciplines that would benefit from such a service. This presentation will describe the development of the suite of Birmingham Environment for Academic Research (BEAR) services, and briefly outline some of the projects that benefit from their availability. BEAR is described at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/bear.

Bio: Paul Hatton graduated from Cambridge University in 1975 with a first class honours degree in Engineering, specialising in Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, followed by a Diploma in Computer Science. He worked for Rolls-Royce Aerospace as a founding member of their Theoretical Science Group and later moved to the Compressor Technology Group where, amongst other responsibilities, he developed real-time data analysis from rig tests using PDP-11 minicomputers. He was elected to the Royal Aeronautical Society in 1987 and subsequently gained Chartered engineer status.

In 1988 Paul attended a conference at the University of Birmingham and subsequent discussions led to him being offered a Research Fellowship in Chemical Engineering working on theoretical and experimental aspects of 2-phase buoyancy-driven flow. In 1990 he joined the Academic Computing Service on an IBM-funded post associated with the installation of an IBM 3090 with a vector facility, which provided a (very) nascent HPC service to the University. Since then he has driven the development of a wide-ranging and widely-used Research Computing service with HPC at its heart that addresses the wider need of the varied research community at the University.