NUI Galway joins the Intel Parallel Computing Program to Boost Parallel Application Performance in High Performance Computing

Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC) will host the research that has likely applications in materials science, meteorology and data analytics.

Yesterday, Wednesday, 15 January 2014, NUI Galway and Intel signed an agreement to jointly conduct research on many core technology in high performance computing and big data analytics. The research will be carried out at the _ (ICHEC) in NUI Galway.

The new parallel computing centre aims to significantly improve parallelism, scalability and efficiencies of existing High Performance Computing (HPC) applications.

The agreement to establish the ‘Intel Parallel Computing Centre between NUI Galway and Intel’ was announced by NUI Galway president Dr Jim Browne and Intel vice president and director of Intel Labs Europe, Martin Curley at a ceremony in NUI Galway.

NUI Galway President Dr Jim Browne said, “we in NUI Galway are proud of our long association with ICHEC, since its establishment and are very pleased to support their ongoing work. We believe that ICHEC’s mission is vital for Ireland and that its services are very important to academia and industry alike.

This signing is a wonderful example of the work of ICHEC. We are delighted to be working with Intel in this way and look forward to the continuing partnership.”

Intel will fund the research programme led by director of the Irish Centre for High End Computing, Professor JC Deplat. The programme will foster the uptake of current and next generation Intel many core technology, such as the Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessor.

“Intel is pleased to expand our Intel® Parallel Computing Center program in collaborating with the National University of Ireland-Galway and ICHEC,” said Intel vice president and director of Intel Labs Europe, Martin Curley. “This new centre creates an opportunity for Intel, NUI Galway, and ICHEC to innovate and optimise applications which benefit industry and science in Ireland, Europe, and globally.”

Principal investigator Professor JC Desplat said “ICHEC has been chosen for this programme following its track record of excellence in many-core solutions. We are delighted to be part of the development of this exciting new technology. As a country, Ireland excels in the effective use of high-performance computing, and today’s partnership consolidates that standing. The outcome of this ambitious programme will be improved software solutions in materials science, weather forecasting and data analytics.”

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Pictured signing the Agreement to Boost Parallel Application Performance are President of NUI Galway Dr Jim Browne and Intel Vice President and Director of Intel Labs Europe Martin Curley
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Pictured with an Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessor are Intel Vice President and Director of Intel Labs Europe Martin Curley, President of NUI Galway Dr Jim Browne with Director of ICHEC and Principal investigator Professor JC Desplat

Further Information

For further information contact Tomás Ó Síocháin, Acting Press & Information Officer, NUI Galway on +353 91 493361 or tomas.osiochain@nuigalway.ie.

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