Mr. Niall Wilson
Tel: +353 1 524 1608 (ext 62)
As Infrastructure Manager, Niall is responsible for coordinating efforts to ensure the continued high availability and performance of the ICHEC systems and for managing the procurement and deployment of new systems. ICHEC currently operates two HPC systems in two separate locations along with a large data management system and various other smaller servers. Maintaining these systems and associated software services so that they provide a high quality of service for users and staff is the main focus of the Infrastructure Group.
As the primary point of contact for all matters relating to IT services and infrastructure, Niall is a key decision maker in the design, planning, procurement and deployment of new projects which rely on computational and storage resources. He has lead the successful procurement and installation of every one of ICHEC's HPC systems and acted as an expert advisor on a number of others. The role also involves representing Ireland's HPC infrastructure presence in the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) project and contributing to the operation of the PRACE Tier-0 and Tier-1 service in collaboration with the major HPC centres of Europe.
Niall is a graduate of Experimental Physics and has an MSc in Computational Image Analysis. During the course of his research work, Niall spent some time as a TRACS (Training and Research on Advanced Computing Systems) visitor at the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre.
Niall has worked as a HPC Experimental Officer at the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science at NUI, Galway. As well as acting as system administrator for the HPC facility, he worked in a support role for the scientific user community assisting in porting and parallelising codes and designing efficient workflows. Niall has also worked as a system administrator for CosmoGrid, maintaining three separate HPC systems and continuing his support role within the research community.