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CIT and Dell Technologies Announce New AI Platform

CIT and Dell Technologies Announce New AI Platform

15 October, 2020

CIT has partnered with long-time collaborator Dell Technologies to deliver a new artificial intelligence platform.

The AI platform, powered by a supercomputer provided by Dell, will ensure CIT is up to speed with innovations in AI, data analytics and machine learning. Dell’s ongoing collaboration with CIT means the institute has also been granted access to the Dell Technologies AI Lab in Limerick.

The platform will be used by CIT researchers and partner organisations for advanced AI modelling in a variety of areas. Dr Niall Smith, Head of Research at CIT said, “In 2019, CIT secured €15.4 million in research funding from the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The provision of this key computing infrastructure enables CIT researchers, and our many academic and industry collaborators, to develop innovative solutions to problems in almost any domain including ICT, agritech, maritime and space”.

The platform will also be available to postgraduate students in the MSc in Artificial Intelligence programme. Dr Ted Scully, programme coordinator for the MSc in AI said, “The provision of sufficient computing power is a critical enabler of modern AI. Students in the MSc in AI can leverage the new platform to build highly complex state-of-the-art AI models”. 

Jason Ward, Managing Director of Dell Technologies Ireland said, “Our teams have worked closely with the team at CIT to better understand their needs and put in place a high-performance computing solution that can drive more accurate research results and prepare for our AI-enabled future. We’re delighted to be working with one of Ireland’s most forward-thinking third level colleges to help power their research capabilities that in time will transform the way we live, work and do business.”

President of CIT Dr Barry O’Connor; Dr Ted Scully, Dept of Computer Science; Michael Loftus, Vice President for External Affairs CIT; Dr Donna O’Shea, Chair of Cybersecurity at CIT; Dr Seán McSweeney, Department of Computer Science; Tim Horgan, Head of Faculty of Engineering & Science at CIT and Bob Savage, Vice President, Dell Technologies and Chair of CIT’s Governing Body at the CIT Bishopstown campus. Photograph: Darragh Kane


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