KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need


The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from ICT to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.


The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

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The challenges of multicore

Multicore technology is becoming increasingly prevalent - but it's far from being used to its full potential.

The latest issue of the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre's newsletter focuses on exactly this. On Pages 4 &  5 Mark Parsons, Commercial Director of EPCC, looks at the challenge of using multicore properly when fewer than 1% of programmers are trained to develop parallel programming code.

"The only way to realise true performance gains would be to parallelise all applications, which brings us to the nub of the problem: there are far too few programmers familiar with parallel programming methods in Europe and throughout the world. Without high level language support for parallelism – support that has been extremely hard to develop in over 20 years of HPC computing – we are running into a performance dead-end at all levels of computing from HPC to technical to business to home computing and there is no easy solution."

EPCC newsletter issue 65

Also worth a read is the report on a workshop on Multicore Processing, held in June 2009. The workshop was led by Concertant LLP and the The 451 Group, on behalf of the Technology Strategy Board and its KTNs.

The meeting concluded that the deployment and exploitation of MCPs (multicore processors) must be supported if the UK is to deliver the goals of Digital Britain.

The meeting recognised a lack of preparedness at all levels, in particular among senior management, of the commercial impact of MCPs. In order to combat this it recommended a strategy that could include the creation of a Multicore Institute to exploit existing UK skills in MCP technologies, to act as a centre of excellence, co-ordination of knowledge transfer and best practice. Such a body might be financed by a mixture of Government and industrial sources together with income from commercial services.

Report on a Workshop on Multicore Processing

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