The Karolina supercomputer, located at the IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Centre, was commissioned in the summer of 2021 and has since been used by more than 1,700 users to solve more than 700 projects. A substantial software upgrade is planned to ensure alignment with current tool and application versions. This necessitates a complete shutdown of the Karolina supercomputer, which is scheduled for approximately four weeks starting 8 April.
Dear fans of IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center,
We wish you a successful year in 2024 and bring you this year's first newsletter with a summary of the most important news not only from IT4Innovations. The LUMI supercomputer has been fully available to the Czech scientific community for one year. We now have two full-featured cloud environments that are at your disposal. We are constantly working on improving our courses within the National Competence Centre in HPC. Please fill out a questionnaire so we can better understand your needs and ensure the quality of the training. We have announced the results of the 30th Open Access Grant Competition and launched another round of grant competition. We also report on some selected projects from the previous competition.
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The IT4Innovations Team
The world's ocean covers an area that represents almost 71% of the planet's surface and is home to a wealth of plant and animal species. Although the Czech Republic is a landlocked country with no access to any of the oceans, this does not mean that it cannot contribute to their exploration. Scientists from IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center have joined the DTO-BioFlow project, which will collect previously unavailable or difficult-to-access marine biodiversity data and integrate it into the biodiversity component of the Digital Twin Ocean.
IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center became a member of the iRODS Consortium in 2023, joining such names as BAYER, DDN, Fujifilm and others. The consortium brings together businesses, research organisations, universities, and government agencies from around the world to ensure the sustainability of the iRODS software as a solution for distributed storage, transfer, and management of data. Members cooperate with the consortium to guide further development and innovation, expand its user and developer communities, and provide adequate support and educational resources.
On 6 February we announced the 31st Open Access Grant Competition. Applications for computing time on the Karolina, Barbora, DGX-2, and LUMI systems can be submitted by employees of Czech research organisations until 4 April 2024. Results will be announced in May.
In October 2023, we announced the 30th Open Access Grant Competition, in which applicants from various research organisations applied for almost 2 million node hours.
Bringing the world of supercomputers and all that surrounds them closer to all generations is also the focus of the second edition of the Superheroes 4 Science (S4S) project. This time, the project also focuses on artificial intelligence and quantum computing. S4S is under the coordination of IT4Innovations and has the support of the International Visegrad Fund. Its main mission is the creation of interactive educational materials and the dissemination of awareness of these innovative technologies through popularisation activities.
We have launched two full-featured cloud environments. These are available to users of IT4Innovations computational resources with active projects.
The National Competence Centre for HPC (NCC) prepares courses not only for users of IT4Innovations computational resources.
It is currently preparing a training programme for the coming period. You can help shape it by filling in the questionnaire.
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The LUMI pre-exascale supercomputer has a theoretical peak performance of 580+ PFlop/s and is located in Kajaani, Finland. The supercomputer was made fully operational and accepted in February 2023 and has been fully available to the Czech scientific community for one year. Czech scientists have access to Europe's most powerful supercomputer, LUMI, thanks to IT4Innovations' membership in the eponymous consortium.
Virtualisation of railway conditions and implementation of test rides in a laboratory environment. The software simulator, developed by National Supercomputing Center IT4Innovations, is designed to perform all of this and is a key component for the development of a functional sample of a detection system capable of detecting potential obstacles during the train's operation, thus contributing significantly to safer railway operation.
Discover the world of High-Performance Computing (HPC) and HPC-related technologies through the European Master's programme EUMaster4HPC. Earn two Masters degrees in just two years! The deadline for your application is 15 July. If selected, you'll start studying in the Autumn Semester of 2024 and receive a full scholarship.
Results of the Special Call on Important Societal Challenges: Access for AI and GPU Accelerated Applications
Employees of research organisations based in the Czech Republic had until 26 November 2023 to apply for computing time on the accelerated part of the LUMI supercomputer (LUMI-G) in our Special Call on Important Societal Challenges: Access for AI and GPU Accelerated Applications.
Researchers from Palacký University and VSB-TUO have unveiled an environmentally friendly method for the production of hematene, a two-dimensional material derived from the iron ore. Their groundbreaking work, featured in Applied Materials Today, paves the way for sustainable applications in clean energy and environmental technologies, garnering the prestigious cover-page position in the journal.
A study in the conflict-affected city of Mariupol, Ukraine, uses remote sensing data from Sentinel satellites and deep learning to monitor urban change. The study's authors also address the resiliency of their monitoring method with regard to a loss of observations and the Sentinel 1B satellite malfunction.
A significant step towards achieving more efficient and sustainable ammonia production was unveiled by scientists from CEITEC Energy at Brno University of Technology, CATRIN of Palacký University Olomouc, and the IT4Innovations National Supercomputer Center at VSB-TUO. Their findings, published in the esteemed journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, showcase the electrochemical reduction of nitrate to ammonia. The catalyst employed in this process is an activated material based on metal-organic frameworks (MOF). These materials have demonstrated exceptional efficacy in optimizing the energy intensity of several industrially vital reactions. In this specific case, the scientists proved this through a combination of theoretical calculations and experimental validation.
A total of 14,148 HPC professionals and more than 400 exhibitors from around the world attended the 35th International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis held on 12–17 November at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, USA. Its theme was “I am HPC”. “This theme embodies our unwavering commitment to celebrating and championing all facets of High-Performance Computing. This encompasses not only the field itself and its profound contributions to society but, most importantly, the exceptional individuals who drive its progress – whether they are seasoned HPC veterans or enthusiastic newcomers,” said Dorian C. Arnold, SC23 General Chair.
On 11 December, the first EuroHPC User Day will take place in Brussels, organised by the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU). Users will be given the opportunity to present their projects, get acquainted with the thematic sessions and learn about the opportunities offered by the EuroHPC JU.