Why is HPC important?

A strong consensus exists among EU and US policymakers that High-Performance Computing (HPC) represents a key technology for economic competitiveness and innovation [1-3]. This position is realised in a number of international initiatives seeking to further accelerate its widespread adoption across academia, industry and the public sector. This is exemplified by the recent EU announcement of c. €6.7bn investment in the area of HPC for High-Performance Data Analysis (HPDA) [4].

The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) represents an excellent example of a modern, lean and efficient mission-focused organisation. Its primary purpose is to accelerate the effective use and adoption of novel technologies such as HPC and technical computing. It is predominantly operating in TRLs 4 to 7 (proof of concept, pre-competitive research) and has already established a remarkable track record of industry R&D collaboration, SME support and service provision to the public sector.

Ireland now has a timely opportunity to leverage this exceptional expertise and track record to place itself amongst the front runners in leveraging these technologies for economic and societal benefits. Ireland cannot afford world-leading infrastructure, but it can and should be among the leaders in the effective exploitation of this disruptive technology, a view echoed by leading technologists. ICHEC is the ideal instrument to fulfil this ambition.

A more detailed presentation of High-Performance Computing (HPC) and its benefits can be found here.