Our supercomputers support science, industry, and society

IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center at VSB – Technical University of Ostrava is a leading research, development, and innovation centre active in the fields of High-Performance Computing (HPC), Data Analysis (HPDA), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and their application to other scientific fields, industry, and society. IT4Innovations operates the most powerful supercomputing systems in the Czech Republic, which are provided to Czech and foreign research teams from both academia and industry. Together with the CESNET and CERIT-SC institutions, IT4Innovations constitutes e-INFRA CZ, a strategic research infrastructure of the Czech Republic.

Since 2013, IT4Innovations has been providing state-of-the-art supercomputing technologies and services to both Czech and foreign research teams from both academia and the private sector to increase the competitiveness and innovativeness of Czech science and industry. At present, IT4Innovations runs three supercomputers: Karolina (15.7 PFlop/s, installed in the summer of 2021), Barbora (849 TFlop/s, installed in the autumn of 2019), and the specialised NVIDIA DGX-2 system for artificial intelligence computation, (130 TFlop/s and 2 PFlop/s in AI, installed in the spring of 2019). The Karolina supercomputer, acquired as part of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, was the most powerful supercomputer in the Czech Republic on the year of its installation, 69th in the world (on the TOP500 list), and ranked 8th in the Green500 ranking of the most energy-efficient supercomputers. The first supercomputers installed at IT4Innovations were Anselm (94 TFlop/s, installed in the summer of 2013) and Salomon (2 PFlop/s, installed in the summer of 2015), which were decommissioned in 2021.

The key research areas of IT4Innovations include big data processing and analysis, machine learning, development of parallel scalable algorithms, solution of computationally demanding engineering problems, advanced visualization, virtual reality, modelling for nanotechnologies, and material design. 


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 as 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.


The foundation of IT4Innovations
Became a Member of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe)
Implementation of Research Programmes

Launching of the Anselm supercomputer

Opening of the IT4Innovations building
Launching of the Salomon supercomputer
Incorporation into the Intel® Parallel Computing Center programme
Membership in ETP4HPC (European Technology Platform for High-Performance Computing)
The Czech Republic joined the EuroHPC JU (support for building a European exascale supercomputer), in which IT4I is actively involved
IT4Innovations became part of the H2020 POP2 Centre of Excellence
IT4Innovations is registered by the European Commission as the DIH
Launching of the NVIDIA DGX-2 system specialized for Artificial Intelligence calculations
Launching of the Barbora supercomputer      
Success achieved in the competition to build a EuroHPC pre-exascale supercomputing system as a member of the LUMI consortium
Membership in BDVA (Big Data Value Association) and EUDAT CDI
Foundation of e-INFRA CZ
Launching of the H2020 LEXIS project, the coordinator of which is IT4Innovations
Foundation of the Digital Innovation Hub Ostrava
Signature of the contract to building the EuroHPC petascale Karolina supercomputer with a theoretical peak performance of 15.7 PFlop/s, the most powerful supercomputer in the Czech Republic              
IT4Innovations becomes the National Competence Centre in HPC
Termination of the Anselm and the Salomon supercomputers
Launching of the Karolina supercomputer

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.

memberships in international organizations 
international projects
projects for industry


IT4Innovations building
IT4Innovations building
IT4Innovations building
IT4Innovations building
IT4Innovations building
Supercomputer Salomon
Supercomputer Salomon
Data room
Data room
Supercomputer Anselm
Supercomputer Anselm
Supercomputer Barbora
Supercomputer Salomon
Supercomputer Anselm
Supercomputer Salomon
Supercomputer Salomon
Data room — Supercomputer Salomon
Data room — Supercomputer Salomon
Supercomputer Salomon
Supercomputer Salomon