Edinburgh University and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) are constructing the new Edinburgh International Data Facility (EIDF) together. It will cost £100m over a ten year period and is part of Edinburgh’s journey towards being Europe’s data hub.

What’s the purpose of the Edinburgh International Data Facility?

Everything about the ‘data economy’ requires constant reinvention. And there is most value in getting there first. The new facility will have top notch resources for researches from the academic world, industry and the public sector to work together.

We need accurate results as fast as possible. And the modelling and simulation analytics necessary to achieve this will be made possible by the facility’s artificial intelligence and computing technology.

The EIDF will be able to host the development of enormous R&D projects that aim to resolve out global issues, like: climate change, space exploration, genetically bespoke health treatments and food manufacturing.

How will this benefit the University?

Director of EPCC at the University of Edinburgh, Mark Parsons, said: “We are pleased to be working with HPE to deliver what we believe is the only facility of its kind in Europe focused specifically on data-driven regional growth. With the Edinburgh International Data Facility, we are combining computing and data resources to create a facility that will allow organizations to use data to innovate throughout their organizations. HPE is uniquely positioned to provide the spectrum of infrastructure and services, as well as the flexibility that this project demands.”

And why are Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE) interested in the partnership?

Director of high-performance computing and artificial intelligence at HPE EMEA, Lee Rand said: “HPE is proud to embark on this long-term initiative with the University of Edinburgh, following a highly competitive tender process. We were chosen due to the flexibility and reliability offered through our end-to-end solutions portfolio, and because we were one of the very few organizations able to seamlessly combine all of the Edinburgh International Data Facility’s requirements into a single framework. In the data-centric era deriving insights and value from across multiple datasets will be a key to success for business and government alike. We look forward to boosting the UK’s capacity for data-driven innovation through this initiative.”

An exciting time for the city of Edinburgh and the UK as a whole. To have such a centre of innovation right here is an amazing resource for everyone developing data based innovations.

Jamie Smith