Supercomputer firm to set up in Dylan Thomas Centre [South Wales Evening Post (Wales)]
(South Wales Evening Post (Wales) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A SUPERCOMPUTER enterprise which has attracted some Pounds 40million of funding aims to set up shop in Swansea's Dylan Thomas Centre.
High Performance Computing (HPC) Wales, a company owned by all Wales's universities, has been lined up as a tenant for the building in Somerset Place.
In plans submitted to Swansea Council by the University of Wales, HPC Wales is described as providing hi-tech computer support to businesses and researchers.
The Dylan Thomas Centre will be the main site for HPC Wales's supercomputing infrastructure, with cooling equipment sited outside next to the existing supermarket loading area and pipe work buried underground. An emergency diesel generator will also be installed in case of a mains power failure.
The company has said the plans have attracted around Pounds 40million of European funding.
If council planners gives the redevelopment the green light, the centre will become an "innovation hub for entrepreneurs" with a mixture of office accommodation.
The idea is to attract hi-tech companies involved in research and development, plus creative industries.
The centre hosts exhibitions, talks, literary festivals and other events including planning inquiries.
Fans of the Swansea-born poet and playwright whose name the centre bears will be relieved that the main exhibition will be unaffected. Some alterations to the former bookshop and cafe will be required, though.
In 2011, the Post reported that the council was continuing negotiations with the University of Wales over a joint venture to run the venue. Singer Cerys Matthews, writer Russell T Davies, actor Michael Sheen and Gower MP Martin Caton were among more than 200 people who signed a letter calling for the centre to be retained in its present form.
Next year marks the centenary of Dylan's birth, with Prince Charles recently announcing he will be patron of the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival.
The new planning application said: "Letters of support for the proposals have been received from Welsh Government ministers and Welsh business organisations."
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