Key Milestones

We have included below some of the key milestones passed by ICHEC since its creation

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2005

  • Creation of ICHEC with seed funding from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and capital funding contributions from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) through the PRTLI4-funded CosmoGrid project. ICHEC opens offices in Galway (6 staff) and Dublin (2 staff).
  • First ICHEC Director is Dr Andy Shearer (NUI Galway).
  • Procurement of the first national Supercomputer completed with equipment from IBM (Walton) and Bull (Hamilton).
Walton supercomputer with ICHEC systems administrators Eoin McHugh (left) and Niall Wilson (right)
Walton supercomputer with ICHEC systems administrators Eoin McHugh (left) and Niall Wilson (right)
  • First appearance of an Irish system in the Top 500 (Walton, 3.14TFlops at position #204).
  • Start of first national HPC Service in the history of the Republic.
  • ICHEC runs its first HPC courses (Intro to HPC and Intro to the Message Passing Interface, MPI) at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork.
  • Appointment of Dr Dennis Jennings as ICHEC's first independent Chair of the Board.
2006

  • ICHEC's Governing Board is dissolved. The new Board is an Oversight Board of independent experts, chaired by Dr. Dennis Jennings.
  • Professor Luke Drury (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies) appointed as interim Director.
  • Establishment of ICHEC's Science Council, and award of first Class A projects (first Class A PI is Professor Jiri Vala, NUI Maynooth with a project entitled "Topological phases in quantum lattice systems").
  • ICHEC's headcount reaches 10.
2007

Signing ceremony of Met Éireann-ICHEC partnership agreement
Signing ceremony of Met Éireann-ICHEC partnership agreement. Declan J. Murphy (Met Éireann Director, left) and Dr. Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh (NUI Galway President, right)
Ministerial launch of EC-Earth Consortium in Dublin
Ministerial launch of EC-Earth Consortium in Dublin - left to right: Ray McGrath (Met Éireann), Peter Lynch (UCD), Minister John Gormley (Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government), Hugh Brady (UCD), Wilco Hazeleger (KNMI), Tom Sheridan (Met Éireann), and JC Desplat (ICHEC)
  • Installation of the first (and only to date) HPC Capability system in Ireland based on IBM BlueGene /L (Lanczos) and BlueGene /P (Schrödinger).
IBM BlueGene installation with ICHEC's JC Desplat and DIAS' Prof. Luke Drury
IBM BlueGene /L and /P installation at Servcentric. Professor Luke Drury (DIAS, left) and Dr JC Desplat (ICHEC, right)

 

2008

Signed Memorandum of Understanding - Ireland joins the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE)
Signed Memorandum of Understanding - Ireland joins the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE)
  • ICHEC moves its Dublin office from its temporary location in Merrion Sq (Kindly hosted by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies) to new offices in Trinity Technology & Enterprise Campus.
Unit 1c at TTEC
ICHEC moves in its new offices at Unit 1C of the Trinity Technology & Enterprise Campus (TTEC). Left to right: ICHEC staff Gilles Civario, Dr Kashif Iqbal, Dr Michael Browne and Asier Roa
ICHEC staff - Class of 2008
ICHEC staff (Class of 2008). Left to right: Marc Doumayrou, Eoin McHugh, Asier Roa, Simon Wong, Niall Wilson, Alastair McKinstry, Honoré Tapamo, Jim Slevin, J.-C. Desplat, Gilles Civario, Gráinne MacNamara, Michael Browne, Bruno Voisin
  • Installation of Stokes, Ireland's new national supercomputer. This system had a performance of 25.1TFlops was ranked #118 in the Top500 at the time of its installation.
2009

  • Professor Jim Slevin appointed ICHEC Director.
  • ICHEC secures 3 year funding (2009-2011) from Science Foundation Ireland for the National Academic HPC Service.
  • ICHEC moves its Dublin base to larger offices "the hub", its current location, on the same site.
ICHEC offices at the Tower, Trinity Technology & Enterprise Campus
ICHEC offices at the Tower, Trinity Technology & Enterprise Campus
  • Installation of ICHEC's 3D visualisation lab.
ICHEC's 3D Visualisation lab
  • Start of ICHEC's Industry engagement programme, and first commercial contract with Tullow Oil.
  • ICHEC's headcount reaches 20.
2010

  • ICHEC awarded status of NVIDIA CUDA Research Centre, one of only 7 worldwide at the time. David Luebke (NVIDIA Distinguished Inventor Director of Research NVIDIA Corp.) explained that ICHEC had been selected as a CUDA Research Center based on the vision, quality, and impact of the research leveraging CUDA technology carried out in the Centre.
NVIDIA CUDA Research Centre group shot
NVIDIA CUDA Research Centre team. Left to right, J.-C. Desplat, Eoin Brazil, Ruairi Nestor, Gilles Civario, Ivan Girotto
  • Ireland becomes a founding member of PRACE AISBL.
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Signature of the PRACE AISBL statues in Brussels - Ireland is a founding partner

 

2011

  • ICHEC provides a demonstration of its capability to Minister Sean Sherlock TD (Minister of State with responsiblity for Research & Innovation) at the European Science Foundation book launch "European success stories in industrial mathematics".
  • PRACE AISBL formally launches  
    Formal Launch of PRACE aisbl, Barcelona
    PRACE aisbl launches. Representative members from each PRACE member country including JC Desplat (Ireland)

     

PRACE Council formally launches PRACE AISBL (Barcelona)
PRACE Council Meeting (Barcelona)
2012

  • JC Desplat appointed ICHEC Director.
  • ICHEC wins first HPCwire Readers' Award (with the largest winning margin that year) for the "Most Innovative Use of HPC in the Financial Service Sector"
    HPCWire
    L-R: Dr. Ian Buck, General Manager for GPU Computing at NVIDIA, Mr. Gilles Civario, Computational Scientist receiving the award from Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications

Garry McGuire (UCD) and ICHEC first to demonstrate the Sudoku 16 clues grand challenge on Intel's new Xeon Phi architecture at ISC'12 in Hamburg.

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Dr. Eng Lim Goh, SGI CTO & SVP and Dr. Michael Browne, ICHEC Technical Manager at ISC, June 2012
2013

Siobhan Ryan from Met Éireann presenting 3D weather data to students (Aisling Kenny and Graham Dwyer) from Colaiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir, Co. Tipperary.
Siobhan Ryan from Met Éireann presenting 3D weather data to students (Aisling Kenny and Graham Dwyer) from Colaiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir, Co. Tipperary.
  • ICHEC procures Ireland new national Supercomputer, Fionn.
  • ICHEC launch Fionn with Minister Sean Sherlock. The name Fionn was proposed by Oscar O’Donoghue and Lauren Boyle following a competition open to all schools in Ireland.
Minister
Oscar O’Donoghue, Lauren Boyle, Maciej Goszczycki, Minister Seán Sherlock TD, Prof. Luke Drury
  • ICHEC re-launch its industry engagement programme focused on bridging the skill gap in Irish SMEs and Startups.
  • The Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation and the Department of Education & Skills (with the Higher Education Authority) co-fund ICHEC's new funding cycle for 2013-2015. Ministerial launch at the Royal Irish Academy.
2014

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Launch event for Intel IPCC @ ICHEC. Left to right, Vice President, Senior Principal Engineer and Director, Intel Labs Europe Prof. Martin Curley, NUI Galway President Dr Jim Browne, and ICHEC Director Prof. J.-C. Desplat
2015

  • ICHEC joins LERO programme under SFI Research Centre Call for 2013 securing €970,250 in partnership with Tullow Oil PLC and DataDirect Networks.
  • Workshop on "Technical computing and the economy:competitiveness and, job creation".
Intel's Joe Curley (Senior Director, HPC Platform and Ecosystem Enabling at Intel Corporation) provided the keynote address
Intel's Joe Curley (Senior Director, HPC Platform and Ecosystem Enabling at Intel Corporation) provided the keynote address
Visitors to the ICHEC booth at SC'15 (Austin, TX)
Visitors to the ICHEC booth at SC'15 (Austin, TX)
  • ICHEC holds its first workshop at SuperComputing'15  as co-organisers
  • EPA launches new report on Climate Change for Ireland and Climate Adaptation, published by ICHEC's Dr Paul Nolan.
  • Creation of the CSO - ICHEC partnership and Irish Sandbox under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
  • ICHEC secures participation in its first EI Innovation Partnership with Becton Dickinson & Company through its collaboration with Professor Dermot Kenny of RCSI.
  • ICHEC becomes a proud member of Xilinx alliance programme.
  • Under Horizon 2020 programme, ICHEC secures €1,078,860 from SESAME Net, ESCAPE and PRACE 4IP projects. 
2016

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The ICHEC team receiving 'Outstanding Academic Achievement of the Year' award from the Irish Software Association 
  • Celebration of ICHEC's 10th Anniversary with a workshop on "Roberto Viola on HPC and Competitiveness in Ireland and Europe". European Commission Director General of DG-CONNECT, Dr Roberto Viola, provide the keynote addressed.
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European Commission Director General of DG-CONNECT, Dr Roberto Viola and a panel of industry experts discuss HPC future at 10th anniversary event Royal Irish Academy 30th November 2016
  • ICHEC secures its 2nd EI innovation partnership with Mediolanum Financial Limited, the 1st partnership of its kind with the banking and financial sector in Ireland.
  • Under Horizon 2020 programme, ICHEC successfully secure €610,900 for READEX, E-CAM, and EiSWACE projects.
  • ICHEC's headcount reaches 30.
  • ICHEC Director receives top French Honour, one of France’s highest honours, the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Knight of the Order of Academic).
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French ambassador to Ireland, Jean-Pierre Thébault (left) and Professor J.-C. Desplat (right)
  • ICHEC received confirmation of funding for Ireland's next national academic supercomputer. Funded was awarded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) as part of its Research Infrastructure 2015 call (category A).
2017

2017-BTYS
The ICHEC booth remains a popular stop at the exhibition
  • ICHEC awarded PRACE Training Centre status.
  • Creation of ICHEC's Oil & Gas activity.
  • Procurement for Ireland's next national academic supercomputer now underway, with opening of the new service scheduled for Q1-2018.
  • Under Horizon 2020 programme, ICHEC successfully secure €730,860 for PRACE 5IP and HPC3 Europa projects.