New Hires at Irish Centre for High-End Computing increase capacity in HPC, AI and Quantum Computing

The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), the state supported national centre for High-Performance Computing (HPC) providing user support and complex computing skills transfer to academia, industry and the public sector, announces today Monday, 14th June, four new appointments and a further seven positions to be filled in the coming months. 

Following the appointments ICHEC will employ over fifty staff from locations in NUI Galway, where ICHEC is hosted, and its larger office in Dublin. All staff are currently working remotely. 

The new appointees are Conor Dunne, Emil Dimitrov, Ihab Salawdeh and Sean Courtney   

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J-C Desplat, Director of ICHEC said,

“The appointments follow increased demand from the HEI scientific community for advanced computational skills using HPC as well as continued growth for expertise in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and preparing for Quantum computing. This is a pivotal time in developments in HPC/supercomputing and Big Data and ICHEC, as the national centre, offers exposure to work at the edge of these advances. Across all areas of ICHEC from training and upskilling in the HEI and SME sector to our involvement in a range of EU advanced computing projects, and our Climate Science and Earth Observation work with national and international agencies we are seeing increased demand for computational scientists with advanced HPC skills.


Dr Venkatesh Kannan, Centre Technical Manager, ICHEC said,

“There is no other organisation like ICHEC in Ireland where programmers and scientists will get the opportunity to work using HPC on the latest developments in Earth Observation, Environmental and Climate Science or Novel Technologies (Quantum Computing, AI and ML).  At ICHEC, recent and experienced scientists have the opportunity to be involved in projects using extreme data which will define the solutions of the future, in science, medicine, agriculture, transport and infrastructure. We support the scientific endeavour across these domains to create new solutions.”  

ICHEC supports novel scientific research using extreme data-sets on the national high-performance computer 'Kay', ICHEC enables researchers, enterprises and the public sector to discover innovative solutions for today’s complex social, economic and environmental challenges.


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