Jean-Christophe "JC" Desplat is a technology expert with over 25 years' experience in high-performance computing (HPC). His particular interest lies in the innovative use of HPC technologies in emerging domains. He has served as advisor to a number of committees in Ireland and abroad, including the strategic advisory team of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the ICT sub-committee of the Irish Medical Council, the Climate Change Research Co-ordination Committee of the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as the scientific board and the infrastructure advisory board of the IT for Innovations national centre in the Czech Republic. JC is also the national representative for Ireland on the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) AISBL Council since 2010.
JC joined the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) at the University of Edinburgh in 1995. During almost 10 years at the EPCC he took part in a number of projects and activities including user support for the UK national HPC service, collaborative research, teaching at post-graduate level and research student supervision, software development, development and co-ordination of large European programmes.
JC joined the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) in June 2005 as Technical Manager and later became Associate Director (July 2007) and Director (May 2012). His expertise has proven crucial in establishing ICHEC as one of the leading high-performance and technical computing centres in Europe with an impressive track record of industry engagement and public competitive funding, and scaling up the Centre from six to its current size of c. 30 employees. To date, JC has secured c. €35M (and rising) funding for ICHEC.