DiRAC caters for a significant portion of STFC’s science, providing simulation and data modelling resources for the UK Frontier Science theory communities in Particlar Physics, astroparticle physics, Astrophysics, cosmology, solar system science and Nuclear physics (PPAN; collectively, STFC Frontier Science). Each year we published a selection of our science highlights and these can be found below.

For information on how our Science maps onto our Services, check out our Resources page.

2019 Highlights

In 2019, DiRAC researchers studied B meson oscillations, the external photo-evaporation of planet-forming discs, how the solar corona is heated, and much more.

2018 Highlights

HPQCD finds light quark flavour breaking effects in B meson decay constants. Read more…

High resolution magnetohydrodynamic models unravel the generation of magnetic fields in the interiors of the giant gas planets. Read more…

2017 Highlights

New research, led by the University of Leeds, offers an explanation for the discrepancy between the size and age of the Rosetta Nebula’s central cavity and that of its central stars. Read more…

2017 saw a series of impressive discoveries during the LIGO-Virgo second observing run. Early in January we made our third binary-black-hole observation (GW170104). Another black-hole signal arrived later in June (GW170608). Read more…

2016 Highlights

In February the LIGO collaboration announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves and the first observation of binary black holes, and the DiRAC Data Centric System COSMA5 was used Read more…

The HPQCD Group also continued their research into Lattice QCD with the team using DiRAC to develop a new method for measuring the hadronic vacuum polariation (HVP). They were able to determine Read more…

2015 Highlights

Our HPQCD group members continue the search for new physics in the magnetic moment of the muon. They used DiRAC simulations to develop a new method of determining  Read more…

Colleagues from the HORIZON UK-Consortium furthered their quest to improve the interpretation of future imaging surveys from the Euclid satellite and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. These surveys aim to Read more…




Project Director: Professor Mark Wilkinson

Project Scientist & Deputy Director: Dr Clare Jenner

Innovation & Technology Director: Dr Jeremy Yates

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DiRAC Project Board

Dr Debora Sijacki (Chair, Cambridge)
Professor Simon Hands (Co-Chair, Swansea)

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Industrial Engagement

Working with Industry

DiRAC has a long track record of collaborating with Industry on bleeding-edge technology and we are recognised as a global pioneer of scientific software and computing hardware co-design. We specialise in the design, deployment, management and utilisation of HPC for simulation and large-scale data analytics and we work closely with our industrial partners on the challenges of data intensive science, machine learning and artificial intelligence that are increasingly important in the modern world.

We can also provide easy access to the combined strength of the Universities of Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh and Leicester in hardware, software and know-how in HPC and data management, as well offering as access to one of the largest HPC infrastructures in the UK public sector and the opportunity to consult with academic expertise from a pool of more than 20 Universities. This capability is unique in its scale, depth and breadth of knowledge and, most importantly, in its business-ready environment which allows organisations to accelerate their research and build real competitive advantage.