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Durham University

Advanced Research Computing

Advanced Research Computing

Advanced Research Computing (ARC) is a dedicated computing support unit within the Research Division of the University. We support academic researchers in all faculties across the University, where there is a requirement for the use of computers as part of their research. We provide facilities and expertise, connect people across different disciplines, and build on the services provided by Computing and Information Services. Our range of activity extends from simple coding assistance through to supporting computationally intensive research requiring High Performance Computing.

Northern Intensive Computing Environment

The N8 Centre of Excellence in Computationally Intensive Research, N8 CIR, has been awarded £3.1m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Resources Council to establish a new Tier 2 computing facility in the north of England. This investment will be matched by £5.3m from the eight universities in the N8 Research Partnership which will fund operational costs and dedicated research software engineering support.

The new facility, known as the Northern Intensive Computing Environment or NICE, will be housed at Durham University and co-located with the existing STFC DiRAC Memory Intensive National Supercomputing Facility. NICE will be based on the same technology that is used in current world-leading supercomputers and will extend the capability of accelerated computing. The technology has been chosen to combine experimental, modelling and machine learning approaches and to bring these specialist communities together to address new research challenges.

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News & Events

Data Science Colloquium: Conflict Modelling with Multi-Layer Networked Dynamics: Uncovering Interaction Structure and Causal Factors

20th March 2020, 13:00 to 15:00, OC 218

Conflict plagues human development and the nature of armed violence has transformed since the end of the Cold War. Today, political violence is trans-national, interleaved with criminal enterprises, and highly stochastic. Traditional conflict prediction approaches using human knowledge, statistical laws, and agent-based models can no longer scale to match an evolving reality across complex landscapes. The Alan Turing Institute has been running a 2 year program (GUARD) to create fundamentally new mathematical frameworks to describe conflict dynamics and analyse the topological attributes of our connected world. We have developed a new global conflict model at city-scale resolution that demonstrates powerful in-sample accuracy and out-of-sample predictive power across diverse geographic regions and genres. It paves the way towards explainable power and we are now integrating this framework with advanced AI and climate change models to inform the UK government.