Computing investment puts Wales in the frame.
A BID to create the world's first 1,000mph car, cancer research and space studies are among projects to benefit from a new PS15m super computing programme of investment for Wales.
The multi-million pound facility will enable Wales to compete globally for research using state of the art equipment, and help existing projects at universities.
Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Welsh Government, "Supercomputing Wales" will be led by Cardiff University, with partners including Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea Universities.
A total of PS9m will come from the ERDF via Welsh Government, supported by a multi-million pound investment by four university partners.
The five-year programme aims to attract research funding, create high skilled jobs, increase scientific partnerships and support collaborations with industrial and other partners.
It will provide access to powerful computing facilities to existing high-profile science and innovation projects across Wales.
The programme includes investment in two upgraded supercomputer hubs at Cardiff and Swansea.
At Cardiff University, the Gravitational Physics Group - which last year announced the first ever detection of gravitational waves as part of the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitadional-Wave Observatory) consortium - will benefit from the upgraded facilities.