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Questions about the Services & Solutions provided by ICHEC

  1. How much will it cost my company?
  2. Who should I contact for services or consultancy?
  3. What solutions or services does ICHEC provide?
  4. What types of expertise are available from staff?
  5. What management of these projects does ICHEC provide?
  6. What data security is provided for electronically transferring proprietary information?
  7. What do clients say about the work of ICHEC in technology transfer?
  8. What are some examples of industries being helped by ICHEC?
How much will it cost my company?

A Proof-of-Concept approach offers a free consultation with ICHEC to allow you to see the benefits for your business. Beyond the Proof-Of-Concept stage, a flexible range of contract options covering the use of computational facilities, consultancy services and application development, porting and optimisation are available. These options include one-off and periodic use of facilities, fixed-price developments and long-term support.

Who should I contact with questions about these services or consultancy options?

Companies interested in the services or consultancy provided by ICHEC should contact our consultancy team by email at consultancy@ichec.ie or by telephone at +353-1-5241608 ext 36.

What solutions or services does ICHEC provide?

ICHEC provides a range of services and solutions for better business

  • Problem solving skills, algorithm development, and novel software solutions
  • The management, integration and mining of data
  • Consultancy and solutions in grid, distributed and cloud computing
  • Bespoke software development
  • Consultancy in numerical modelling, simulation and visualisation
  • Optimisation of application performance across a range of computer systems
  • Access to High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities
  • Training in the use of HPC for industrial applications
  • Design, development and re-engineering of applications to benefit from HPC
What types of expertise are available from staff?

ICHEC provides expertise in a range of areas including data mining, GPGPU acceleration, networking, cloud computing application migration, software profiling & optimisation, software re-engineering, numerical modelling, simulation, physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, bioinformatics, visualisation and training.

What management of these projects does ICHEC provide?

All projects are managed using the PRINCE2 framework by qualified practitioners. All ICHEC projects are undertaken at a fixed cost with clearly agreed deliverables at the outset ensuring very competitive rates. This enables customers to make a thorough cost-benefit analysis before the work starts. All projects are carefully specified in consultation with the client before any work starts. This approach ensures that client expectations are met both in terms of cost and of business benefits.

What data security is provided for electronically transferring proprietary information?

Clients will use their existing Internet connection to access ICHEC resources. The connections to ICHEC systems can be made either using virtual private networking (VPN) or using the secure shell protocol (SSH) across standard ports. This ensures that all traffic between ICHEC is both encrypted and authenticated.

What do clients say about the work of ICHEC in technology transfer?

A selection of client testimonials can be seen in our technology transfer video. These provide an overview of the type of engagement and showcase the range of problems being solved by ICHEC.

What are some examples of industries being helped by ICHEC?

Clients currently supported by ICHEC include:

  • Ezetop
  • CarTrawler
  • MET Éireann
  • Paddy Power
  • MarCon Computations International
  • Memjet Mems
  • Tullow Oil