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The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC)

Address: ICHEC, IT302, IT Building, NUI Galway, Galway City, Ireland.

Phone: +353 (91) 495491

Email: info@ichec.ie

Ireland is committed to establishing a world-class research environment characterised by world-class research outputs, populated by researchers of excellence working within a world-class research infrastructure (as per the 2006 Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation). The provision of high-end computing resources for computational scientists is integral to the achievement of this overall vision. Computational modelling now plays an increasingly important role in modern science and engineering – and is increasingly recognised as the third pillar of scientific inquiry following theory and experiment, and no country can expect to offer an innovative and competitive research environment without a strong and dynamic research base in computational modelling. The ability to perform internationally competitive research and to attract to Ireland the best computational scientists requires the ready availability of high-end computational (HEC, often also referred to as high-performance computing or HPC) resources.

Ireland already has sufficient demand to justify a national facility for the provision of high-end compute resources to the research community. The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) was established in response to this demand and to extend both the computational science expertise and IT skills-base of Ireland through programmes of training and education. With highly skilled staff, ICHEC is able to leverage its expertise to provide up-skilling services to the research and broader communities and to engage in technology transfer with the commercial sector, particularly Irish small and medium enterprises (SMEs). ICHEC also recognises that the provision of a centralised HEC facility must align itself with and participate actively in EU-wide HPC consortia which seek to consolidate and foster both a pan-European world-leading computational science research infrastructure and develop a persistent pan-European high-performance leadership-class computing service and infrastructure.