theboar.org Sport / Features / Money / Comment / News 7 More than just a game West Midlands Warwick researcher uses gaming knowledge to to suffer in show Xbox chip can be used to model processes recession Lucy Faulkner vinced it could conduct the same tional Biology and Chemistry, and predict certain dangerous arrhyth- Kinjal Tanna scientific modelling as the parallel the GPU can be used by research- mias (heart conditions) as it is New research by the University network PC’s, shaving hundreds of ers in exactly the same way Scarle fallible to a problem known as the of Warwick Institute for Employ- pounds of the entire process. envisaged. Halting problem. ment reveals that the West Mid- A revolutionary study by the After extensive studies, the re- However, the research is limited Scarle however, is certain the lands, Warwick’s own region, is University of Warwick has dem- sults of his work have been pub- in its application, as the study dem- problem will soon be solved and is suffering under the recession more onstrated that scientists attempt- lished in the journal, Computa- onstrates that it is impossible to researching ways around it. so than any other region. ing to model a range of various This research also indicates that computer processes could use the the region will take the longest to power and capabilities of a spe- recover after the recession. cific Xbox chip instead. According to the Warwick Insti- This would result in a cheaper al- tute for Employment Research (IE), ternative to other forms of parallel which has worked in conjunction processing hardware, and has the with the Cambridge Econometrics, potential to dramatically increase unemployment in the region has be- efficiency in this field. gun to accelerate at a faster rate than Leading the study, was Dr Simon the national rate. Scarle, a researcher in the Univer- In June 2009, the West Midlands sity of Warwick’s WMG Digital had the highest rate of unemploy- Laboratory who wished to model ment in the United Kingdom. the way electrical excitations in the The study has used the latest in- heart move around damaged cardi- formation on the claimant rate to cal cells. Cells do this in order to in- show the current rate of unemploy- vestigate and predict possible heart ment and predict future rates. attacks. The IE has argued that the reces- Under previous research, simu- sion is not the sole reason for the lations have used traditional CPU’s problems in the West Midlands la- which normally need to book time bour market but has exacerbated it. on a specifically dedicated par- The reason why the recession has rell processing computer or spend affected the region so severely is due thousands on a parrell network of to the region’s dependence on indus- PC’s. tries which have proven to be vul- However, Dr Scarle’s new ap- nerable in the struggling economy, proach was partly based on his pre- such as the automotive industry. vious work experience in the com- The IE’s research not only shows puter games industry. the current impact on the region, His role as a software engineer but also indicates the recovery of at the Warwickshire firm Rare Ltd, the West Midlands too. part of the Microsoft Games Stu- The study indicates that by 2020 dio made him aware of his parallel employment in manufacturing will processing power of the GPU of continue to decline, though not as the Xbox 360. severely as in the 2000s, and em- Using this chip, Scarle was con- » Dr Simon Scarle with an Xbox controller ployment in construction and non- marketed services will grow. Balls on campus Over the medium term of the re- cession, unemployment is expected to remain at “relatively high levels” according to the IE, and it is expect- ed that by 2020 the pre-recession levels of employment will not have Ministerial team visit region to been recovered either. While the study is ongoing and not conclusive, it is clear that the launch ‘Building Britain’s Future’ West Midlands is bearing the brunt of the recession and the region’s economics partners. “together build a stronger, fairer and Subsequently, the Big Space Ed Balls Heather Spurr more prosperous country”. The key priorities of BBF are to clean up politics and reform our de- hosted a “town meeting”, attended by 150 local government officials, school teachers, community lead- Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Warwick hosted a visit by Ed Balls, the Secretary of State for Children, mocracy, take Britain out of reces- sion into recovery, and reform our ers, students and regional employ- ers. Warwick staff also attended. Are you a Families June 2007 – Present Schools and Families on Monday 20 July. public services. The ministers visited youth and Balls used the opportunity in the Big Space to give a speech talking newsbie? The University also received his community centres in the area and about the government’s priorities ministerial team whose members talked to the locals about community for the future. Join the Boar Economic Secretary to the include Vernon Coaker, Minister of issues. Round table discussions were Treasury May 2006 – June 2007 State for Schools and Learners, Iain Wright, Under-Secretary for 14-19 Following this, Ed Balls and his ministerial team attended the Sydney also held which concentrated on fundamental elements of the Build- news team: Reform and Diana Johnson, Under- Stringer School sports day held at ing Britain’s Future document after Secretary for Schools. Warwick’s Westwood sports fields. which a question and answer ses- firstname.lastname@example.org Member of Parliament for The occasion celebrated the re- Local government contacts at- sion with the ministers completed Normanton gional launch of a new Labour ini- tended a lunch meeting with the the visit. May 2005 - Present tiative to help revive the economy. minister at the International Digital Building Britain’s Future aims to Laboratory.