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Cambridge Service for Data Driven Discovery (CSD3) - Overview

A new Tier 2, multi-institutional research facility for data-intensive simulation and advanced data analytics.

On 30th March 2017 the University of Cambridge Research Computing Service, in partnership with EPSRC and STFC, announced a co-investment of £9M for the creation of the Cambridge Service for Data Driven Discovery (CSD3). The EPSRC element of the service is a consortium led by the University of Cambridge in partnership with the Universities of Bristol, Leicester, Southampton and Oxford, Kings College London, UCL and Imperial College.

CSD3 is a multi-institution service underpinned by an innovative, petascale, data-centric HPC platform, designed specifically to drive data-intensive simulation and high-performance data analysis. The new service constitutes a major addition to the UK national e-infrastructure, which will enable large scale simulation and next generation data analytics capability for researchers across a broad range of disciplines. The CSD3 platform has been co-designed with DELL EMCIntel and NVIDIA.

A non-exhaustive list of research areas expected to particularly benefit from CSD3 includes:

  • Turbulence simulations (relevant to the aeronautical industry).
  • Combustion simulations (relevant to the automotive industry).
  • Analysis of large data sets from the Internet of Things (relevant to smart cities research).
  • Materials modelling research.
  • Medical applications, including:
    • Analysis of large medical image data sets.
    • Population-scale gene variant analysis.
    • Real-time medical analytics for use in hospital decision support systems.