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Research & Collaborations

ICHEC both facilitates and participates in many research activities. The active involvement of ICHEC staff in scientific research is particularly important in bridging the gap between increasingly-powerful High-Performance Computing (HPC) facilities and researchers from different communities. We interact with many groups varying in size from individuals to large international collaborations. Information on some of the research projects and collaborations ICHEC has been associated with are provided below.

User Projects

ICHEC provides computational resources, technical and scientific support to a large number of Irish academic research projects. The following pages list projects which are currently active on ICHEC-administered systems and those which have been completed.

Consortium Support is a valuable mechanism that permits researchers to work closely with ICHEC staff with a long-term aim in mind over and above helpdesk-style issue resolution.

PRACE Prototype Projects

The PRACE project is a European body that aims to co-ordinate access to the very largest computer systems at a European level. ICHEC is actively involved at the co-investigator level with a number of PRACE projects.

DEISA Extreme Computing Initiative (DECI) Projects

DEISA, the Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Application recently held a call granting access to a number of Europe's leading HPC facilities. ICHEC was happy to assist a number of applicants with their proposals and is pleased to work as a co-investigator with two of the successful projects.


ICHEC is regularly cited in publications due to the support and resources it provides to the Irish academic research community. In some cases the level of ICHEC involvement in the work means that ICHEC staff act as co-authors of publications.

Reminder: If ICHEC has supported a publication you are working on, we would appricate it if you acknowledge this and notify us, for more details please see our FAQ.

Novel Technologies Research & Development

Many-core compute platforms, such as the Intel Xeon Phi, Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) and Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are emerging as viable technologies in technical computing and traditional HPC due to the increased performance and power savings such platforms offer over more general purpose multi-core CPUs. ICHEC continues to develop a deep level of experitse in the area of many-core computing to further research in the field and to put in place expertise to assist users as such technologies mature.

Weather & Climate Research

In collaboration with Met Éireann, ICHEC provides hardware and support to run climate and weather forecast models. Our computational scientists also take an active part in the ongoing development of the models and conduct related climate/environmental research. Further information on our activities can be found in the following:

Research Platforms

ICHEC works with various communities to develop tools and platforms that facilitate researchers in the field. The e-INIS project funds a number of ICHEC software developers to carry out such works. Details of projects that have reached a stage where we can provide public information are provided below:

Partner Initiatives

From time to time, ICHEC forms partnerships with other organisations where the associated knowledge tranfer and collaborative activities bring mutual benefits to our researchers in the form of better expertise, support, training, best practices, etc.

Summer Scholarships Projects

The ICHEC Summer Scholarships offers the opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in research projects, supervised by our computational scientists. The type of research carried out is typically designed and led by ICHEC in the field of HPC and/or computational science. The outcome from these projects is available in the following: