The National College of Ireland (NCI) is a third-level higher education institution in Dublin. Its academic areas include business and computing. The NCI Cloud Competency Centre (CCC) was originally founded as a private research–intensive computing facility financed through an independent donation of a non-profit foundation.

From its inception in 2012, the CCC has been positioned as a global hub of cloud, high-performance computing, and data analytics, located within the NCI campus at the heart of Ireland’s International Financial Services Centre in Dublin. CCC has been developed in collaboration with industry representatives from global companies such as Dell, IBM, and Microsoft. Chaired by Professor Emeritus Jerey D. Ullman (Turing Award ’20) from Stanford University, the CCC academic advisory board includes Professors Michael Franklin and Armando Fox from University of California-Berkeley, and Professor John Hopcroft (Turing Award ’86) from Cornell University. CCC has actively participated in significant EC-funded projects such as SPuMONI – Smart Pharmaceutical MaNufacturIng, cHiPSet – High-Performance Modelling and Simulation for Big Data Applications, and ParaPhrase – Parallel Patterns for Adaptive Heterogeneous Multicore Systems.