The ICG is now an internationally renowned center of excellence for cosmological research with funding from the main UK and European agencies (STFC, RS, EC, HEFCE). In the 2008 UK government Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 75% of the ICG research was judged to be "Internationally Excellent" or better (3* or 4* status, with 4* being the highest). This ranking places the ICG in the top 5 Applied Maths groups in the UK.
ICG unique resources include:
Proprietary access to key cosmological datasets from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-III (SDSS-III) and Dark Energy Survey (DES) collaborations. The ICG is one of only a handful of institutes worldwide that has proprietary access to both. The combination of the two datasets vastly improves the cosmological information we can extract from them alone, as they are highly complementary: DES is an imaging survey, while Baryonic Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) is a spectroscopic survey. In addition to these two major new surveys, we also utilize other facilities like the European Southern Observatory and the Anglo Australian Telescope.
Access to state-of-the-art computing facilities including the COSMOS supercomputer at Cambridge University which was upgraded in 2010 to a new, SGI UV1000 shared-memory machine with 768 cores and 2TB of globally accessible memory. In addition, the ICG is hosting the new SEPnet SCIAMA supercomputer, which is a large, distributed memory machine with 1008 cores.
The ICG is hosted at the Dennis Sciama Building at the University of Portsmouth. This building was opened in July 2009 and is the home of the ICG. This building provides an excellent research environment providing ample space and opportunities for both formal and informal scientific discussions. The ICG has a full range of seminars including weekly journal clubs (run by the students and postdocs) and regular outside speakers. The ICG also runs a vibrant visitors programme with many international, well-known, scientists passing through