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Research is a key activity for staff at DCU and a core business function of all Irish universities. Information Systems & Services endeavour to provide the best possible facilities, engage actively with the research community and develop strong trusted working relationships with researchers. ISS currently provide the following services to a number of research centres;

Comprehensive desktop support, Project management, Application hosting, Research management applications Secure network and storage solutions, Video Conferencing and High Performance Computing.

Should you have any questions in relation to these services or any other matter, please feel free to contact ISS.


High Performance Computing

DCU High Performance Computing (HPC)

Recently DCU have purchased a share in facilities operated by ICHEC, the National High End Computing Centre. This share is available to all researchers in DCU and is separate from allocations granted through the standard ICHEC application process.

The way that this works is that each university who 'buys in' has priority rights to a part of the total computing power, (or partition of the available nodes), which are assigned preferentially by ICHEC to jobs from that institution. In effect, medium large jobs can now access the DCU condominium 'share' without researchers having to apply to ICHEC directly - e.g. by formal proposal for Class B say.

Requesting an ICHEC account

In order to request a new account the process please fill in form below:

Connecting to ICHEC

See details available on ICHEC website.
Note: You may need to use a proxy in order to SSH from DCU.

 Submitting a job to the DCU 'condominium share'

Job submission to the DCU share is very straightforward - you just use the account string 'dcu01' as part of your submission script, so taking the sample from:


#PBS -l nodes=4:ppn=12
#PBS -l walltime=1:00:00
#PBS -N my_job_name
#PBS -A dcu01
#PBS -r n
#PBS -j oe
#PBS -m bea
mpiexec ./my_prog my_args

Ongoing support

Support requests for issues relating to connectivity should be directed to ISS ( Issues relating to the ICHEC facilities themselves should be directed to the ICHEC Helpdesk




If a server is needed for a research function, ISS can provide servers (physical or virtual).  These servers are housed in ISS’s server rooms (sometimes virtual servers), and we provide sercurity, backup etc.

Please contact ISS for more details


Research Support System (RSS)

Research Support System

DCU Research Support system in supported by ISS on behalf of the Research and Innovation Support. The RSS allows all staff maintain information about their individual research activity at DCU. This information is then used to populate the DCU phonebook research profile section and used by the university for research metrics

Click on the link below to access the DCU RSS page. Please note, you must be logged in as a staff member to access this page.

Research Engine