Tyndall and ICHEC to foster further collaboration following appointment of Tyndall Academic Associate

Creation of Tyndall Academic Associate position at ICHEC

Tyndall National Institute and the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) are to work together to drive mutually beneficial opportunities for the two organisations following the appointment of Dr Venkatesh Kannan as Tyndall Academic Associate

Tyndall National Institute , hosted at UCC, is a leading European research centre in integrated ICT (Information and Communications Technology) hardware and systems. The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), hosted at NUI Galway, has a mandate from the State to develop and offer computing and data management platforms and services to drive and support research and innovation in academia, enterprise and public sector organisations.

Dr Kannan is Centre Technical Manager at ICHEC, with responsibility for defining and implementing the technological vision, strategy and roadmap of the Centre’s R&D activities.  As an Academic Associate at Tyndall he will be responsible for pursuing synergies for both organisations through project development, collaborative research and targeting national and European funding opportunities and programmes.

Commenting on the appointment and the links between Tyndall and ICHEC, Professor William Scanlon, CEO, Tyndall said, “A warm welcome to Dr. Venkatesh Kannan. His appointment builds on a long-standing collaboration between ICHEC and Tyndall in applications of HPC in physical models and materials discovery. We look forward to deepening and broadening our working together. Our growing partnership will unlock opportunities to address a whole new set of grand challenges bridging deep-tech and digital technologies including the Quantum Internet and Artificial Intelligence for better health and environment and for greener energy and resources". 

Congratulating Dr Kannan on his appointment, Prof.  J-C Desplat, Director, ICHEC said,

“We congratulate Dr Kannan whole-heartedly on this well-deserved recognition. We look forward to bridging the deep-tech R&D at Tyndall with the high-performance data and compute R&D at ICHEC to build smart scalable digital technology platforms and solutions targeting key domains, particularly environmental/climate security, renewable energy systems, precision health and emerging next-gen digital technologies for the benefit of all.”

A closer partnership between ICHEC and the Tyndall National Institute will drive the following areas through National and EU activities:

  • Computational and AI modelling and simulation for material sciences, nanomanufacturing, design and engineering of devices and smart sensors, by bringing ICHEC’s HPC and AI modelling capabilities on supercomputing and edge computing platforms to Tyndall’s research and engineering of deep-tech devices and systems.
  • Development of end-to-end quantum technologies and skills (hardware, software, algorithms and applications), specifically for Quantum Computing and Quantum Communication towards Quantum Internet, by bridging Tyndall’s focus on quantum technologies engineering and development from hardware to software together with ICHEC’s focus on developing quantum computing and quantum internet platforms, software, applications and services that are tightly integrated with HPC systems.
  • Deep-tech devices, system and application software for IoT and Digital Twin solutions, by combining Tyndall’s R&D in smart deep-tech devices for IoT systems and ICHEC’s focus on software-enabled technologies for seamless and efficient data and compute workflow management on edge-to-cluster/Cloud systems.”


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