NUI Galway is one of five European sites selected by the EU to host a new supercomputer.

Along with Germany, Hungary, Greece and Poland, the the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) at NUIG has been chosen to operate the next generation of European High Performance Computing.

The announcement of EU funding is the first step in a process which will be completed subject to national co-funding arrangements.

Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of NUI Galway said this new technology will allow the university to expand its research opportunities.

"Our core values at NUI Galway include openness and respect and computing infrastructure of this capacity will be a significant asset in that regard as it futureproofs our approach to research, respecting the evidence and making a major contribution to openly supporting the scientific research community in Ireland," he said.

"It also fits with so many aspects of our research strategy, using data to support research and policy-making in the environment, marine, healthcare, and in supporting a good society," he added.

Professor J-C Desplat of ICHEC, said the new supercomputer is expected to be around 25 times more powerful than the current national supercomputer Kay.

"It would provide a national competence development platform for both numerical modelling and for the next generation of data-centric techniques and platforms and, as such, accelerate the adoption of powerful new hybrid techniques embedding machine learning within mainstream computational science models and Grand Challenges."

These EuroHPC supercomputers will be available to serve a wide range of European users, including the scientific community, industry and the public sector, powering new applications in a wide range of areas, from designing medicines and new materials to fighting climate change.