Hartree Centre

Focusing on Cell Membranes to Fight Antibiotic Resistance

Coupling ultra-large-scale computer simulation with AI has shown that mechanical stress on cell membranes can affect the potency of antibiotic agents.

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Bottom-Up Materials Design

Worldwide, industries face significant challenges that often require the discovery and design of new materials.

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Five Years of the Hartree Centre in Partnership with IBM Research

Five years ago, 1 February 2013, the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Hartree Centre was formally opened, bringing together a critical mass of computational scientists and engineers from STFC and IBM to reap economic benefits from advanced computer architectures and address important challenges for commercial businesses. Kirk E. Jordan, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief […]

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Simulating Antibiotic Resistance Scientist Gains Fame from Forbes

IBM scientist Flaviu Cipcigan has high ambitions. Despite recently being listed on Forbes magazine’s European 30 under 30 list for science and healthcare, he believes there is still much work to do to raise awareness and solve the challenges he is attempting to address with his research. “Antibiotic resistance is a problem that doesn’t inspire […]

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Pushing liquids to their limits with next-gen materials simulation methods

Materials in industrial and engineering applications, such as iron and steel, are often used at extreme pressures and temperatures or in complex environments where their properties may be very different from those found under normal circumstances. Perhaps the most famous example of this in practice are the exterior tiles of the NASA Space Shuttle Columbia, […]

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Thanksgiving Stuffing and Addressing the Concerns of Future Food Security

Today my American friends in the United States and across the global diaspora will enjoy Thanksgiving. Part of this festivity is the annual feast with family members, which traditionally includes turkey, vegetables, and many wheat-based products including buttermilk biscuits, pies and my favourite, stuffing. While we enjoy the variety of delicious food available to us, […]

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Oil and Water Really Do Mix: Simulating the world of micro-hydrodynamical phenomena

Have you ever wondered why milk is so white or why mayonnaise appears so thick and yet it can flow out of the bottle? Are you aware that these such substances are just oil and water mixed together though they look and feel like neither of them? It turns out that these delightful little mysteries […]

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Progress in IBM & Hartree Collaboration Reduces Physical Prototype Testing, Protects Crops from Pests and Improves Mobile Phone Coverage

More than 24 months ago, IBM and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre set an ambitious goal for themselves — enable UK businesses to use modelling, simulation and Big Data Analytics on real problems to develop better products and services that will boost productivity, drive growth, increase UK competitiveness and create jobs. […]

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Designing new materials with data-centric systems

For decades, researchers have used high performance computing (HPC) to simulate systems at ever-growing speeds and scales. Recently, the design of HPC systems has started to evolve to handle and exploit the vast amounts of data now produced by both models and real-world data-sources, a paradigm IBM calls Data-Centric Computing (DCS). DCS provides a flexible […]

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IBM and Hartree Centre collaboration makes significant progress in first year

In 1907 German chemists at Henkel AG combined sodium silicate with sodium perborate, which when mixed with boiling water resulted in a self-acting textile-friendly and odorless bleach they eventually branded Persil. Nearly 100 years later Persil remains the detergent of choice for millions of households, manufactured and sold globally by multi-nationals including Unilever and Henkel. Those […]

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