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Waterford Institute of Technology – TSSG – Technical Lead

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Waterford Institute of Technology – TSSG – Technical Lead (Ref. No. 016078)

Job Title: Technical Lead (Ref. No. 016078)

Department: TSSG (www.tssg.org)

Location: Waterford

Commencement Date: Immediately

Major Duties:

Lead advanced contract R&D and EI projects.

Liaise with prospective clients and stakeholders to understand and interpret their business requirements, goals and identify appropriate solutions.

Accurately define and estimate technical architectures and solutions.

Ensure delivery of software and documentation of technical projects to agreed schedule and specification.

Ensure all stakeholders up to date with progress of projects.

Co-ordinate resolution of technical issues across multiple teams.

Act as a mentor to less experienced developers – providing technical guidance and direction, developing their skills and competences.

Follow and promote a SCRUM and test-driven development (TDD) approach.

Participate in improvements to all aspects of development lifecycle methodology.

Collaborate with the TSSG Research Units to ensure alignment with WIT governance and following best practice.

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Openstack Cloud Software tested at TSSG.

OpenStack_CloudSoftwareThe Infrastructure Group (IG) have been working over the last twelve months to bring Openstack Cloud Software into production internally within TSSG.

Deploying Openstack will not only bring the benefit of reduced infrastructure costs but there we should also witness a noticeable improvement on productivity within TSSG research units. The current cloud system within TSSG does not offer self-service and instead delivers a time-consuming process between developers and the infrastructure group.

What has been noticed over the years is that the lack of self management for the developer results in an increased life-cycle of virtual machines and backups, which in turn increases management complexity and wastes valuable resources.

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Network Enabled Testbeds

Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications, Software & Systems Group (TSSG)  was invited to present at the HEAnet National Conference 2015.

In this talk TSSG presented testbeds for research and development. More specifically, looking at making testbed resources accessible over networks (the most common of which is the Internet). Testbeds require bigger user communities to become sustainable due to their specialised nature. Exposing the resources of different classes of test facilities has long been a component of European research. These programmes and resources are utilised to showcase technologies being developed by some of the leading research groups at HEAnet clients such as TSSG and CTVR.

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TSSG, in partnership with HEAnet, deployed a Multi-Domain Virtual Private Network (MDVPN) as part of the EU XiFi project. MDVPN is a GÉANT service that enables to creation of large-scale multi-site meshed VPNs, in this case 16 sites were involved. The VPN connected each of the nodes, or data centers, to each other in a mesh, enabling the federation of resources within each node to be used by all the members of the federation, whilst achieving reliable performance. This resulted in a EU wide testbed being created that provided distributed cloud infrastructures for SMEs (the XiFi end-users) to leverage.

While XiFi has concluded, this infrastructure continues to be developed as part of the FIPPP capacity building and technology foundation activities. This is visible as FIWARE Lab – a pre-production facility for test and trial of FI applications. This is being actively used in Phase 3 Accelerators for SMEs across many domains. If you’re an SME looking to develop your next generation of technology, please contact TSSG 

Feast your eyes on a constellation of 21 Irish software superstars

software-stars-ireland-718x523Ireland’s software leading lights have impacted the industry, inspired the next generation, made incredible gains around the world and even taken their ideas to space.

Tonight (20 November), the Irish Software Association’s annual awards ceremony will celebrate the best of this sector in Dublin’s city centre.

Each year, companies that have achieved exceptional success and developed innovative technologies and partnerships are awarded in front of an audience of over more than leading influencers and decision-makers from the industry.

And, in case you were in any doubt about Ireland’s remarkable software pedigree, just check out some of the accomplishments of those below.

1. Eamon Leonard

Epitomising the kind of success that can be enjoyed through a career in software, entrepreneur and software developer Eamon Leonard sold his company Orchestra to Engine Yard for an undisclosed sum in 2011.

Generous with his time, Leonard is something of a community standard-bearer for start-ups and coders and has provided meet-up space for communities focused on software languages ranging from Node.js and PHP to Python and Ruby on Rails. Leonard also set up the popular Pub Standard event in Dublin and somehow still makes time available to host coffee meet-ups with entrepreneurs.

2. Claire McHugh

Hard-working and determined, Claire McHugh is one of the leading female CEOs in the indigenous software industry and her TV software company Axonista has signed key deals with broadcasters including QVC in the US and TV3 in Ireland.

The Dublin-based company has developed SaaS-based TV scheduling middleware that enables broadcasters to add more information for viewers intent on enjoying the ‘lean back’ tablet experience.

3. Mike Hinchey

Based at University of Limerick, Lero is Ireland’s national software engineering research centre and it has been led by Mike Hinchey since 2008.

Previous to his work at Lero, Hinchey worked at NASA, where he rose to the position of director of NASA’s software engineering lab.

Hinchey helped make NASA missions self-managing and able to proceed to terrains that were previously inaccessible. He also helped develop significant advances in survivability, resulting in less likelihood of mission failure.

His work was so useful to NASA in terms of existing and future space missions – including landing swarms of robots on Mars at some future stage – that, after four years, a vote in Congress had to be called to extend his contract.

4. Sarah Bourke

While the shiny new crafts boldly going where few humans have gone before usually get the headlines, Sarah Bourke and her company Skytek are the ones ensuring that those vehicles stay in the air and the depths of space.

One of the pieces of software that Bourke and Skytek developed was the International Procedural Viewer, which has been operating aboard the International Space Station since 2005.

“It has all the information they need,” Bourke said in an interview with Siliconrepublic.com last year. “Our system assists them as they do their work onboard – if they have a scientific experiment the system walks them through the process, or if they need to do a spacewalk it tells them the procedures that should be followed.”

5. Annrai O’Toole

Annrai O’Toole was a co-founder of Iona Technologies, the second Irish company ever to go public on the NASDAQ, way back in 1997. A software High King of the country, O’Toole saw his company reach a peak value of $1.75bn at the turn of the millennium, before it was sold later in the decade.

Elsewhere, O’Toole created another successful start-up, Cape Clear, which was acquired by Workday in 2008, the same year that Iona Technologies changed hands. Cape Clear’s expertise is exemplified by the fact that its entire workforce remains in Workday today, a full seven years later.

6. Barry Downes

With many efforts being made to make Ireland one of the leading countries in the world when it comes to developing internet of things (IoT) technology, one of the largest R&D centres is TSSG (Telecommunications Software and Systems Group) at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).

At its helm is Barry Downes, is the founder of the mobile software company FeedHenry, which was snapped up by Red Hat last year for a cool €63.5m in cash.

With the addition of a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in the Internet of Things at WIT, Downes is currently facilitating many of the next generation of software developers and IoT technologies, building on the success he had with FeedHenry.

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€3.1m R&D project to turn aquaculture data into profits

AquaSmart-LogoA new research project is aiming to help the aquaculture industry to improve its efficiency through data use, and without harming the environment.

The €3.1 million Aquasmart project is an R&D project which will use big data, data mining and open data to assist companies in transforming data into knowledge, and then using this knowledge to improve efficiency, increase profitability and carry out business in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way.

“Aquaculture companies are drowning in data, but starving for knowledge. Within Aquasmart, we intend to create new opportunities through the provision of a comprehensive data mining solution, which is based on an integrated platform, enabling companies to expand by having raw data transformed into knowledge via accurate business-driven analytical models in a seamless and efficient process,” the company said.

“Whether Aquasmart is used to drive new business, reduce costs or gain the competitive edge, data mining is a most valuable and transformational asset for every fish farming organization, be it large or small.”

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