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Quantum-mechanical state of helium prepared by a short intense laser pulse produced by the Multiphoton, Electon Collisons & BEC ConsortiumThe primary role of the CSAR Service is to enable UK researchers to undertake World Class Research, through the provision of a World Class supercomputing service. The focus is on using these facilities to allow work that would not be possible otherwise, typically because the problems being solved are too large to be solved on any other system available.

The nature of such research is dynamic in itself. As supercomputing systems grow, more complex and more detailed models can be studied, thus allowing more realistic predictions to be made. In parallel with this, new areas of research that can take advantage of such facilities, are continually emerging. Thus the areas in which research are being undertaken comprises both the traditional areas which have used HPC systems for many years, such as computational chemistry and environmental modelling, but also new fields, particularly in the biological sciences. This is a rapidly expanding area in HPC, including such diverse topics as biomolecular modelling, structural genomics, genetic analysis, fungal growth and epidemiological modelling. Other new areas are arising in economics and in the anaysis of increasingly large datasets from a variety of disciplines. There is certainly significant growth in the demand for HPC services in many new areas, some examples of which are given in this research section.

The research described in these pages reflects some of the wide range of work performed through the CSAR service. There are many areas not covered, and in most cases the authors of the material included will have completed further work since these articles were produced. Where possible we have included references to the authors' own web pages, which include details of more research and many publications. We gratefully acknowledge the permision of the researchers to include this material on the CSAR web pages.

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Research Areas

The material included is broadly categorised under the following headings:

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