Mayor Dan Norris has reacted with delight at the news that a new supercomputer set to be one the most powerful in Europe is to be built in Bristol.

A new national supercomputer research facility named after Brunel, and focusing on artificial intelligence, will be hosted by the University of Bristol.

It will based at the National Composites Centre, which works closely with the Mayor’s West of England Mayoral Combined Authority, already hosting the £10 million Combined Authority-funded Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation programme.

Mayor Norris said: “This is a massive vote of confidence in the West of England, and our world-leading researchers and high-tech and science sectors. I’m sure it’s something Brunel himself would have been incredibly proud of.

“This cements the West’s position as one of the leading regions for cutting-edge research and innovation, and one that will be absolutely vital in helping this country harness the game-changing potential of these new technologies in a way that’s highly positive for everyone.

“I’m delighted that our city is becoming a key location for investment, cementing the West of England at the heart of the AI revolution, and the future of the UK economy.”

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