The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), Ireland’s High-Performance Computing authority announced on Friday September 11, the details of seven academic projects which will be supported by its new Academic Flagship Programme. This two year programme aims to increase Irish competitiveness in the European supercomputing landscape. The seven successful projects were selected from a competitive call which received 13 proposals from researchers distributed across 17 universities/institutes across Ireland, UK, Spain, France, Germany, Denmark, Japan and the USA. The Academic Flagship Programme will operate under the EuroHPC Competency Centre for Ireland which ICHEC recently launched. It is one of 33 similar centres across Europe which form the ambitious EuroHPC programme. The projects span a range of scientific domains and feature ambitious technical software development to achieve cutting edge scientific discoveries. The Academic Flagship projects are leading research in Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, led by PI Lawlor at UCD/Insight; workflows and machine learning for new material discovery, led by PI Sanvito at TCD; large system calculations for nano-electronics, led by PI Ansari at UCC/Tyndall; modelling of wind-driven nebulae around massive stars, led by PI Mackey at DIAS; simulating the formation and growth of black holes in the early Universe, led by PI Regan at MU; simulating the interaction of fundamental particles, led by PI Skullerud at MU and PI Ryan at TCD; and understanding the dynamics of complex quantum systems, led by PI Goold and PI Pietracaprina at TCD. For more information about the projects please see our website https://www.ichec.ie/news/artificial-intelligence-nanomaterials-and-astrophysics-seven-irish-research-projects-benefit Commenting on the projects selected, Dr Elise Jennings, Senior Computational Scientist leading the Flagship Programme at the EuroHPC Competence Centre in Dublin, said: “The Flagship projects announced today are outstanding in their scientific and technical merit and are well suited to the Academic Flagship remit as we prepare for exascale and beyond European supercomputers. The standard of the proposals we received was incredibly high and we would like to thank all of the researchers who responded to the call. The selected projects will now receive dedicated performance engineering support from ICHEC as well as computing and storage allocations to advance their science." Commenting on the significance of the Euro-HPC Programme for Ireland, J-C Desplat Director, ICHEC said: “High-Performance Computing is a strategic resource for Europe's future for academia and business. Coming technology changes will drive competitiveness and Europe is aware that supercomputing is fundamental to this. Ireland, through ICHEC, will gain access for researchers and SMEs to a coordinated, integrated, high level of expertise across Europe in high-performance computing and related disciplines for science and industry, such as high-performance data analytics, classical simulation, and artificial intelligence."