April 21, 2021 — The European Competency Centre for Ireland at the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) recently held a webinar for SMEs with over 40 organisations showing interest in what AI and HPC can do for their business operations.
The EuroCC_Ireland Competence Centre is one of 33 centres across Europe operating under the EuroHPC project. The focus of these centres is to upskill SMEs in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and High-Performance Computing (HPC) as well as provide access to academics to European exascale and Supercomputing resources.
At the webinar on the 7th April the Irish companies in the first phase of SME activity were confirmed.
Peter Woods, Business Development Manager, ICHEC said, “Strong interest by Irish organisations in the EuroCC SME Accelerator has shown demand for skills development in HPC and AI is robust. The companies selected which represent sectors from the construction and agriculture sectors to biology and earth observation illustrate that application of HPC and AI is becoming more mainstream across the economy. The companies which will participate in the first SME Accelerator are:
Companies in the SME Accelerator will receive the equivalent of three months training and practical computational support. For ICHEC this is counted as a technical staff member’s time over the period.
There will be a second opportunity for companies to avail of these resources in 2021. Interested companies can apply on the ICHEC website at https://www.ichec.ie/form/sme-accelerator-interest.
For further information please see our website https://www.ichec.ie/news/euroccireland-projects-four-key-sectors-receive-hpc-and-ai-skills-transfer