Our supercomputers support science, industry and society
IT4Innovations is part of VSB – Technical University of Ostrava and together with another two infrastructures CESNET and CERIT-SC constitutes e-Infrastructure of the Czech Republic called e-INFRA CZ, which is listed on the National Roadmap for Large Infrastructures for Research, Experimental Development and Innovations, prepared by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, as the only e-infrastructure in the country.
The center provides state-of-the-art technology and expertise in HPC, HPDA and AI and makes it available to Czech and international research teams from academia and industry. At present, IT4Innovations runs four supercomputers: Anselm (94 TFlop/s, installed in the summer of 2013), Salomon (2 PFlop/s, installed in the summer of 2015), Barbora (849 TFlop/s, installed in the autumn of 2019) and a special system for artificial intelligence computation NVIDIA DGX-2 (130 TFlop/s and 2 PFlop/s in AI, installed in the spring 2019). A petascale EURO_IT4I system with computing power approximately 13.6 PFlop/s will be installed at the center in 2021 as part of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking.
In the framework of IT4Innovations an excellent research in High Performance Computing (HPC), High Performance Data Analysis (HDPA), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies is performed. The main research areas of IT4Innovations include big data processing and analysis, machine learning, development of parallel scalable algorithms, supercomputing technology development, solution of computationally demanding engineering problems, advanced visualization, virtual reality, modelling for nanotechnologies and materialdesign.
IT4Innovations research activities are executed across 5 laboratories:
IT4Innovations also has a strong focus on cooperation with industrial enterprises, earning IT4Innovation the status of the Digital Innovation Hub registered at the European Commission level and is a member of DIHnet EU, the European network of digital innovation hubs. In this context, IT4Innovations has developed a partnership with the Moravian-Silesian Innovation Centre Ostrava and in 2020 the Digital Innovation Hub Ostrava has been established.
Furthermore, IT4Innovations is also involved in a whole range of educational activities focused on HPC, HPDA, and AI. Moreover, IT4Innovations employees participate in educating experts on HPC, HPDA, and AI within the Computational Science PhD study program. This program is jointly guaranteed by IT4Innovations and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at VSB-TUO. In addition, the center's employees participate in ensuring education in computationally-based study programs offered by VSB-TUO on all levels ranging from Bc to PhD study programs such as applied mechanics, computational and applied mathematics, nanotechnology, and applied physics.
Mission of IT4Innovations
Our mission is to carry out excellent research in the field of high performance computing and advanced data analysis, and to operate the leading national supercomputing infrastructure, mediating its effective use in order to increase the competitiveness and innovation of Czech science and industry.
Vision of IT4Innovations
Our vision is to become a leading supercomputing center that provides professional services and conducts excellent research in the field of high-performance computing and processing of advanced data sets for the benefit of science, industry, and the whole of society.