Key milestones achieved by ICHEC since it was established in 2005 are detailed below. HPC is a rapidly evolving technology globally. ICHEC has been fortunate in the strategic insights and support of its Board and Chairman, the dedication of staff and the formal and informal support it receives from its original and ongoing connection with NUI Galway, the HEA and the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.
- 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).
- Procurement of the first national Supercomputer completed with equipment from IBM (Walton) and Bull (Hamilton).
- First appearance of an Irish system in the Top 500 (Walton, 3.14TFlops at position #204).
- Start of first national HPC Service in Ireland.
- 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.
- New Governing Board 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").
- Establishment of ICHEC's Users Council.
- Signing of Met Éireann Co-operation agreement.
- ICHEC secures capital and recurrent funding from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) through its PRTLI4 programme. The e-INIS initiative, co-ordinated by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), seeks to establish the foundations for a national e-Infrastructure in Ireland.
- Launch of EC-Earth Consortium in Dublin, with ICHEC as key founding partner.
- Installation of the first (and only to date) HPC Capability system in Ireland based on IBM BlueGene /L (Lanczos) and BlueGene /P (Schrödinger).
- Ireland joins the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) through signature of the PRACE MoU.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Installation of ICHEC's 3D visualisation lab.
- Start of ICHEC's Industry engagement programme, and first commercial contract with Tullow Oil.
- ICHEC staff grows to 20 personnel.
- 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.
- Ireland becomes a founding member of PRACE AISBL.
- Stokes undergo technology refresh, increasing its processing power to 36.6 TFlops and gain position #332 in the Top 500.
- First participation as exhibitor to the International Supercomputing Conference, ISC'10 in Hamburg.
- 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
- 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".
- Start of collaboration with DataDirect Networks (DDN).
- Under Horizon2020 programme, ICHEC secured €716,000 for PRACE 3IP project.
- First participation of ICHEC as exhibitors to the BT Young Scientist Exhibition
- ICHEC procures Ireland's 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.
- ICHEC re-launches 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.
- ICHEC is awarded the status of INTEL Parallel Computing Centre (IPCC) by Intel, only the 6th in the world (and 3rd in Europe).
- Started testing of DataDirect Network (DDN)'s Infinite Memory Engine (IME) platform.
- ICHEC joins the European Technology Platform for High-Performance Computing (ETP4HPC).
- ICHEC launches the "Irish Engineering Sandbox" in partnership with CADFEM Ireland.
- 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".
- First participation as exhibitor to the Supercomputing Conference, SC'15, in 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.
- ICHEC partners with Irish SME Skytek to develop the ESA Validation DataCentre (EVDC) in Ireland.
- ICHEC wins the IBEC-ISIN Outstanding Academic Achievement of the Year for its work with Becton Dickinson & Company and RCSI.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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).
- 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.
- Five year's supporting BT Young Scientist
- ICHEC appointed Ireland's representative for EuroHPC
- ICHEC collaborates on first Masters in Artificial Intelligence a programme, with University of Limerick following a launch by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys (TD) at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
- Seminar with Microsoft on Deep Learning
- ICHEC announces new High-Performance Computer. The new system, which is being provided by Intel is comprised of a cluster of 336 high performance servers with 13,440 CPU (Central Processing Unit) cores and 64 terabytes of memory for general purpose computations.
- Winner of the 55th BTYSTE conducts research on "Optimizing The Simulation of General Quantum Circuits" using High-Performance Computing
- ICHEC supercomputer user Dr. Cristina Trujillo is awarded funding via a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG) award, for her project entitled "Theoretical Development of New Class of Phase Transfers Catalysts: Applications in the Pharmaceutical Industry".
- ICHEC outlines recent developments in Programming Quantum Platforms at the 2nd All Ireland Conference on Quantum Technologies
- AI for Recruitment. ICHEC works with Opening.io, Microsoft Ireland and Nvidia on a proof of concept project aimed at increasing software performance by porting CPU based software to GPUs.
- ICHEC launches first Copernicus Hackathon
- ICHEC researchers lead Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report on Irish hydro-climate
- Annual Seminar 2019