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Technologies and Facilities

The School of Computing has equipment and data, which can be used by other projects, such as:


Ampato Cluster (made available to university as a general resource: now maintained by ISS - the DCU Information and Systems Services unit)

Maker: Dell
Product: High-Performance Computing (HPC) cluster consisting of 56 computing nodes, each with two quad-core Intel Xeon processors (total: 448 CPU cores). Infiniband communications interlink between nodes.

56 Compute Nodes:

2 x Quad-Core Xeon E5430 2.66GHz (2x6MB L2 Cache, 1333MHz FSB)

8GB 667MHz FB-DIMM RAM (4x2GB dual rank DIMMs)

80GB SATA2 (7,200rpm) 3.5 inch Hard Drive (hot plug).


The web sensor technologies group has vast archives of personal sensing data collected over years. These archives include the largest known single individual visual lifelog (7.5 years and 14 million images). In addition, the group maintains various comparative research test collections from TREC, TRECVid and CLEF including thousands of hours of digital video from TV, CCTV and personal media sources.

Research Groups and Centres

Research Groups Affiliated Research Centres
The School of Computing is part of the Information and Technology and Digital Society hub, one of four set up by DCU under its Research and Innovation Strategy.

The five research groups in the School of Computing are broad-based disciplinary teams that reflect the expertise of the faculty and its identified research priorities.

Language and Cognition Group: research and development of applications in the areas of speech and language processing and artificial intelligence.
Dependable Systems Group: research on techniques, tools and processes for developing reliable and secure software.
Sensor Web Technologies Group: research on multi-modal analysis and interaction tools to extract and leverage useful information from multimedia data.
Modelling and Scientific Computing Group: research on computational models and methods in exploring the natural and artificial world through solutions to problems, which, because of their complexity, are intractable by conventional methods.
Cloud Computing Group: research in new trends and concepts for the management of hybrid cloud systems and to provide intelligent solutions for high throughput and computational problems utilising large-scale data in the cloud environment.

The five research centres in which we have a strong presence are large-scale, inter-disciplinary cross-cutting teams which increase external support for research, support knowledge transfer, and maximise the economic and social benefits, which Ireland and Irish industry gains from DCU's research.

ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology: research in digital content creation, transformation, translation, discovery, personalisation, analysis and delivery, with particular focus on language technology.

LERO Centre for Software Engineering: research on how to develop, modify, and enhance software, and on new techniques to allow software to enhance itself automatically, without risk to its performance, reliability, or security.
INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics: research in data analytics that has significant impact on industry and society by enabling better decision-making.
SCI-SYM Centre for Scientific Computing and Complex Systems Modelling: research in high performance computing (HPC) applied to computational and mathematical models for complex and data-rich systems in engineering, natural and applied sciences.
IC4 Cente for Cloud Computing and Commerce: research in cloud architecture including migration, brokerage and interoperability, service lifecycle management in the cloud, trust and security concerns and business research.

Research Overview

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The School of Computing is a stimulating environment for research, particularly in the areas of localization, data analytics, software engineering, scientific computing and cloud computing. It currently has over 50 postgraduate research students and a wide range of funded projects at national and international level. The School is heavily involved in three of the five new world-class research centres recently lanuched by Science Foundation Ireland: the ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology,  the INSIGHT Centre and the LERO Irish Software Research Centre.

Research is funded by national and international agencies including Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Higher Education Authority, Irish Research Council, Teagasc, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Department of Education and Skills, and EU Seventh Framework Programme.

The School enjoys close links with industry, evidenced in its extensive research collaborations with companies such as IBM, GoogleMicrosoft, SymantecIntel, Oracle/Sun Microsystems, Xerox, McAfee, CiscoMitsubishi Electric Research Labs and Ericsson.


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