HPCSE 2024: Meeting of Top Experts in High-Performance Computing in the Beskydy Mountains

The HPCSE 2024 (High Performance Computing in Science and Engineering) conference, which hosted 85 participants, was held in the beautiful surroundings of the Beskydy Mountains from 20 to 23 May. IT4Innovations organised this event to bring together international experts from various fields, such as HPC, applied mathematics, numerical analysis, data analysis, machine learning, quantum computing, and advanced visualisation. The conference provided a platform for sharing experience and ideas and initiating new research collaborations.

IT4Innovations and the EVEREST project partners released an open-source System Development Kit

IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center has been involved in the EVEREST project, funded by the Horizon 2020 program, for the past three and a half years. The project, which brought together ten partners from industry, industrial research laboratories, and academia across six European countries – announces the first public release of its open-source System Development Kit (EVEREST SDK). The EVEREST SDK integrates tools to simplify the deployment of applications on heterogeneous high-performance cloud infrastructure, especially for environments offering FPGA acceleration.

The Karolina supercomputer back in operation

The Karolina supercomputer underwent a software upgrade. This upgrade was essential to ensure compatibility with new versions of tools and applications, essentially resulting in a re-installation of the Karolina supercomputer.

Discover who uses IT4Innovations supercomputers

IT4Innovations supercomputers are primarily utilised by researchers and academics from Czech research institutions, who receive computing time through open access grant competitions. Selected projects across various disciplines such as engineering, informatics, earth sciences, life and material sciences are supported by IT4Innovations. You can explore some of these projects here

A new method to improve the safety and reliability of autonomous driving thanks to the EXA4MIND project

IT4Innovations national supercomputing center has been coordinating the EXA4MIND project since January last year. The consortium consists of ten partners from six European countries. Among the partners are the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics, and Cybernetics at the Czech Technical University (CIIRC CTU) and Valeo.ai company, which have now introduced a new method to search image data from autonomous vehicles using natural language.

Ostrava hosted a unique meeting dedicated to carbon dots

The NanoLumCat Ostrava 2024 workshop brought significant findings in the field of carbon dots and single-atom catalysis for renewable energy sources. Participants learned about the latest scientific advances and discussed the possibilities of new technologies in the field of nanomaterials for sustainable development. This was one of the world's most significant meetings on this topic, and participants left with new insights and inspiration for their future work.

Newsletter 2/2024

Dear fans of IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center,

We bring you news not only from the world of Czech supercomputing. The Karolina supercomputer is about to undergo a major software upgrade, and a new type of EuroHPC JU access call has been announced, giving companies and public sector entities access to supercomputers for artificial intelligence and data-intensive computing applications. We remind you of the next round of the IT4Innovations Open Access Grant Competition, and we are pleased to announce that the tender for the supplier of the LUMI-Q consortium's quantum computer, which will be located in Ostrava, has been launched.
Attached is an invitation to the e-INFRA CZ conference in Prague at the end of April and to the HPCSE conference in the Beskydy mountains in May.
Read on to ensure you don't miss anything from the world of supercomputing. →

The IT4Innovations Team

Radek Halfar won 1st place in the TOP dissertation competition

Our colleague Radek Halfar won 1st place in the "Information Technology and Electrical Engineering" category of the VSB-TUO competition for his dissertation titled "Dynamics of cardiac electrophysiology models", which he worked on under the supervision of Marek Lampart. He received the award at the Ceremonial Meeting of the VSB-TUO Scientific Council on Thursday 21 March.

We would also like to mention another success of Radek, ranking 7th in the Best Dissertation category of the Werner von Siemens Prize for 2023.

REFRESH will turn the Moravian-Silesian Region into a smart and green region

VSB-Technical University of Ostrava (VSB-TUO), in cooperation with the University of Ostrava (OU) and other partners, is launching the REFRESH project to respond to the region's problems and contribute to its thriving economic, energy, and environmental transformation. The project also involves IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center.

The Netherlands joins the LUMI consortium

The Netherlands has become the eleventh member of the LUMI consortium, which hosts the LUMI supercomputer – Europe's flagship supercomputer – at CSC’s data center in Kajaani, Finland.

European supercomputing ecosystem, quantum systems, and artificial intelligence discussed in Brussels

On 5 March 2024, a key event on the future of European supercomputers and artificial intelligence was hosted by the LUMI consortium in Brussels. The need to unify and connect ecosystems in data, high-performance computing, quantum technologies, and artificial intelligence was discussed. The systematic development of skills and competencies in these areas was also a topic. Prominent speakers, including Andrus Ansip, a member of the European Parliament, and Margrethe Vestager, a European Commissioner, brought interesting perspectives on the current situation and the future of the European supercomputing and AI ecosystem. Moreover, the energy efficiency of supercomputers and the development of quantum technologies within Europe were also discussed. Branislav Jansík, Supercomputing Services Director at IT4Innovations, also featured at the event.

European HPC community to meet in Antwerp for EuroHPC Summit

The EuroHPC Summit brings together top HPC professionals annually and has been held since 2016. This year, for the second time, the main organizer is the EuroHPC Joint Union. European supercomputing stakeholders, public and private, decision-makers, and our colleagues from IT4Innovations will also be present. Sharing knowledge and innovation connects the HPC community across Europe.