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1 Knowledge Exchange and Economic Benefit Dr Mark Parsons Commercial Director EPCC and NeSC

2 Why work with industry? From outset industry was a key component of DTIs Grid Core Programme (GCP) Industry collaboration brought – Early access for industry to research excellence and input to user requirements – Industry quality software development practices Edinburgh already had several decades of experience in engaging with industry and demonstrated UK leadership

3 Early industry projects Within the first 2 years of programme many projects – funded 50:50 with industry – were established: 1.OGSA-DAI – IBM and Oracle 2.FirstDIG – First Group Buses 3.PGPGrid – Peppers Ghost Productions 4.SunDCG – Sun Microsystems 5.MS.NetGRID - Microsoft 6.BRIDGES - IBM 7.GridWeaver – Hewlett Packard and many more then and since

4 Building on success UK led e-Science funding in Europe Early UK funding leveraged large European programmes Placed Edinburgh at the centre of many European projects collaborating with industry e.g. – NextGRID – 22 partners, 12 from industry – GRIDSTART – network of companies and universities – BEinGRID – 100+ partners and multiple business experiment projects Continues to this day with ADMIRE and many other EU projects

5 Economic Impact Early funding enabled UK companies to get immediate access to new technologies GCP ensured developments benefitted both science and industry from outset – Stimulated increased engagement between Computer Science departments and Industry & Commerce Use of Open Source enabled rapid Technology Transfer and takeup Many projects became long-term eg. OGSA-DAI

6 Three success stories Peter Toft, HP Laboratories Bristol – GridWeaver project – an early GCP success Vivian Lee, Fujitsu Laboratories Europe – ADMIRE project – an ongoing EU success Richard Baldock, MRC Human Genetics Unit – 3DMouseGrid and other projects – successful collaboration through the e-Science Programme

7 Conclusions e-Science industry collaborations were very successful Edinburgh continues a wide variety of Knowledge Exchange projects, focussing on – Entrepreneurship – Company creation – Collaborative research and consultancy Many of the early e-Science partner companies continue to engage


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