The University of Bristol has teamed with Zenotech to deliver an ambitious project to take high performance computing (HPC) into schools. This initiative, called "HPC4schools ", officially launches with an event at @Bristol on November the 27th, which will gather together over 100 local school children to learn how to use HPC techniques to design their own improved version of the Bloodhound 1000mph land speed record car. Teams from local schools will each optimise their own designs in an attempt to improve Bloodhound's aerodynamics and the use of its jet and rocket engines, before their designs are tested by running them through a simulation on the university's multi-million pound Blue Crystal supercomputer.
The HPC4schools initiative is being jointly developed by the University of Bristol and Zenotech, with support from the Royal Academy of Engineering, @Bristol, STEM Ambassadors, GraphicScience and Mentor Digital.
Contributing staff from the University of Bristol include Simon McIntosh-Smith and David May (Computer Science) and Ian Stewart (IT Services).
"This is one of the first projects anywhere in the world where school children have been given access to real supercomputers" said Simon McIntosh-Smith. "We're very excited that the HPC4schools initiative will help to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, and are delighted with what Zenotech has made possible with this first project".