The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) launched a competition to find a name for the country’s latest supercomputer. The competition is aimed at primary and secondary students of Irish schools. A new website, nameourcomputer.ichec.ie, was created to introduce the world of supercomputing to the general public with a short video, commissioned for its launch. Previously, names of Ireland’s supercomputers were named after famous scientists that were either born or worked in Ireland. ICHEC believe it is time to open the naming process to the public as the utility of supercomputing can be widely seen. Weather forecasting, F1 racing, car/airplane design, and social media to name just a few all rely on supercomputers.
This new machine will more than quadruple computing resources previously available to scientists in Ireland. Overall, the new supercomputer will enable scientists and companies to solve their scientific and industry-related problems quicker.
A wide range of new research and development will be enabled on the new machine. These will include an increased resolution in weather and climate forecasting, larger and longer simulations for research in areas such as medical device development, nanotechnology, genomics, drug design, etc. This machine will be able to solve the Big Data problems of today.
The machine is an investment of over €4 million euro and was funded by primarily Science Foundation Ireland. The supercomputer is currently being installed at the TSSG data centre in Waterford Institute of Technology.
For more information about the competition, please click here.