The Centre for Scientific Computing at Cambridge is a federated initiative that encompasses high-level computing resources, including the HPC service , as well as teaching, mostly at the MPhil or Part III level. Its goal is to enable the linking together of research projects in diverse disciplines, encouraging sharing of resources, consolidating intellectual activities and transmitting skills. The Centre also encompasses the Cambridge eScience Centre, and operates with the support of the UCS with a focus on external relations.
High-level computing is embedded in nearly all research activities throughout the sciences and engineering. Scientific computing is driven on the one hand by the ability to collect enormous datasets, such as from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, or from massive deployment of environmental sensors, or gene banks, or medical records. Accessing and interpreting such data is becoming an essential part of scientific work in many fields. In parallel, our needs and ability to simulate and model have grown: this work ranges through ab initio methods in chemistry and materials science, in environmental modelling, in genomics, cell biology, and pharmacology.