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New ICHEC Acting Director

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Posted on 13 March 2007

The Board of the Irish Centre of High-End Computing (ICHEC) has appointed Dr. Jean-Christophe Desplat as Acting Director of ICHEC until 1st June 2007. Dr. Desplat succeeds Prof. Luke Drury, who has to stand down as Acting Director of ICHEC due to pressure of other work at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS).

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Desplat occupied the position of Technical Manager, and was instrumental in establishing ICHEC and setting up Ireland’s first National High-Performance Computing (HPC) Service. Dr. Desplat has 16 years experience in HPC, including ten years at the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) in the UK, considered by many as Europe’s premier HPC centre. Throughout his career, he has been involved in a number of high profile European projects such as the €13M DEISA (Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications) and €13M HPC-Europa projects, where he chaired the Technical Executive Board. Other relevant experience include his participation in three UK National HPC services from 1995 and first hand experience of technology transfer in the medical sector (EUTIST-M cluster). He also enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with Prof. Michael E. Cates’ research group at the University of Edinburgh with whom he co-authored a number of high profile publications.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr. Desplat said: “I am particularly proud of the vote of confidence which the ICHEC Board has expressed through my appointment. I have striven through my role of Technical Manager to provide a fair and efficient service which would benefit the research community at large, addressing the needs of experienced groups and newcomers alike. This appointment occurs at a very interesting time when ICHEC is consolidating its involvement in the community through its Consortium support and training activities, and playing a major part in laying the foundations of Ireland’s emerging e-Infrastructure.”

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