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Chancellor endorses big data and energy efficient computing as technologies the UK should lead the world in

George Osborne has signalled the Government’s support of initiatives in big data and energy efficient computing by naming them one of the eight future technologies “where we believe we can be the best – where we already have an edge, but we could be world-leading”. The UK Chancellor was speaking at the Royal Society, on Friday.

“We have a particular opportunity in energy efficient computing,” said the Chancellor. “it is an increasingly heavy user of energy – the typical visit to Facebook uses as much energy as boiling a kettle. Energy-use is driven by the number of calculations, so smart algorithms which get to a result with less effort need less energy”. 

“At the large scale, this means the UK is well placed to solve the challenges posed by clusters like the City of London which are close to reaching their energy and computing capacity”. 

“At the smaller scale, this means UK research leads the way in developing longer-life mobile communications such as mobile phones and tablet computers”. 

“Business says we must out-compute to out-compete”.

The Chancellor called for a national debate on where the UK can lead the world in scientific excellence. 

He also used the occasion to increase spending on space technology by £60m per year over the next two years.

The full speech is available to download here




1 person has had something to say so far

Very pleased to see the Chancellor chose Big Data and Energy Efficient Computing as a vector to encourage the development of preeminence in the UK's methodologies, science, technologies and capabilities providers applicable to these domains. Of course he didn't quite use these technology words; but we know that's what he means. And we also know that he is aware of how important those technologies are to other Electronic System domains; and therefore how much we contribute to the UK Economy. But if I was neurotic, I might be inclined to think that describing it as IT might not indicate the depth of understanding that we need here.

Posted on 12/11/12 12:25.

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