“What got me to computer science was my Atari computer and my school teacher”, says Andreas Lintermann from the European Centre of Excellence RAISE

The HPCSE 2022 conference, organised by IT4Innovations in May, brought together experts from HPC and related scientific disciplines. Andreas Lintermann, who has been working for a long time at the supercomputing centre in Jülich, Germany, and who is coordinating the European Centre of Excellence for Exascale Computing "Research on AI - and Simulation-Based Engineering at Exascale" (CoE RAISE) since 2021, accepted the invitation to present his work activities. We interviewed Andreas on this occasion to present an interview with him in the following lines.

HPCSE conference attracts experts from supercomputing and related disciplines for the fifth time

Nearly 80 participants, 30 lectures, 11 invited speakers from six countries, and 30 presented posters. This is the balance of the four-day HPCSE 2022 conference, which took place from 16th to 20th May at the Hotel Soláň in the Beskydy mountains. The conference organized by IT4Innovations was held for the fifth time, but this time after a three-year break caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

IT4Innovations in the Focus of the New Minister

On Monday, 25th April, we welcomed Helena Langšádlová, who has been the Minister of Science, Research, and Innovation since last December. She visited IT4Innovations during her business trip to Ostrava, where she held a series of meetings with representatives of local universities.

Take a look inside our new seminar room

This spring, we have endowed ourselves with a brand-new seminar room, which is a representative place for conducting training, seminars, classes, and other events organized by IT4Innovations. The classroom, which can accommodate up to 37 people, including speakers, is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology that allows, among others, live streaming.

Data storage facilities at IT4Innovations

Ostrava, 13th April 2022 – Data room of IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center at VSB – Technical University of Ostrava boasts not only supercomputers but also high-capacity data storage facilities. The first one is the PROJECT storage, which significantly facilitates the work of researchers who calculate their projects on the Ostrava supercomputers. In the second case, it is the data storage facility of the CESNET association, which is one of the largest in the Czech Republic.

Winning projects of the 24th Open Access Grant Competition

In early April, 58 scientists were granted computational resources for their research projects. This was in the framework of the Open Access Grant Competition (OAGC for short) and its 24th edition. A total of 1 497 623 node hours were distributed across the winning projects.

HPC festival – EuroHPC Summit Week held in Paris

Three days packed with lectures with the latest findings from the HPC world. This was the EuroHPC Summit Week 2022, a conference that took place in Paris from 22nd to 24th March. The international supercomputing event was also attended by colleagues from IT4Innovations.

25th Open Access Grant Competition

Institutions can apply for computational resources within Open Access Grant Competitions. The grant competition is announced 3 times a year (February, June, October) for employees of research, scientific and educational organizations.

Internship at the prestigious École Polytechnique could bring a shift in solar fuel research

Lukáš Halagačka from the Modelling for Nanotechnologies Lab at IT4Innovations has been studying the structures of silicon nanowires for the preparation of solar cells at the prestigious École Polytechnique in Palaiseau since February. The three-month internship at one of the most significant French technical universities is a continuation of long-term cooperation with colleagues from the Physics of Interfaces and Thin Layers Laboratory (Laboratoire de Physique des Interfaces et Couches Minces - LPICM). The experience gained could advance research on solar power at VSB – Technical University of Ostrava.

The FIP Academy will offer professional seminars

The newly established FIP Academy aims to connect researchers from all of the partner institutions of the Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for Applied Artificial Intelligence for Materials & Manufacturing at VSB - Technical University of Ostrava via regular online seminars. The first seminar will take place on 3rd February, and the presenters will be Ladislav Foltyn from IT4Innovations and Vladislav Kolarik from Fraunhofer ICT.

Graphene acid makes lithium-ion batteries more efficient

Scientists from the Czech Advance Technology and Research Institute (CATRIN) of Palacký University, in collaboration with VSB-Technical University of Ostrava and Saarland University in Germany, developed a new anode for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) based on a graphene acid (GA)—a densely carboxylated graphene derivative.

Computational resources of IT4Innovations newly listed in node hours

In the past, allocated resources were requested, granted, and accounted in normalized core hours (NCH). NCH used a factor different for each cluster and type of nodes.  

With progressing time, the system of NCH has become obsolete, since we now have clusters that greatly vary in computing capacity, i.e. CPU, GPU, memory, and determining the value of the resources of different clusters is a complex process that cannot be based on a single value.

Salomon has finished its last computational task

Once the 40th most powerful supercomputer in the world computed its last computational task on Monday, 13th December. Six years after its commissioning, the era of the second supercomputer in Ostrava - the Salomon supercomputer - has come to an end.

IT4Innovations presented at the SC21 Conference

Thousands of high-performance computing professionals met again at the international Supercomputing Conference SC21, which took place from 14th to 19th November in St. Louis, USA. IT4Innovations was also among the exhibitors at this supercomputing event.

Scientists from IT4Innovations and CATRIN join forces

Thirty scientists from two research institutes met on Thursday, 4th November, at IT4Innovations in Ostrava to present their research activities to each other and discuss the possibilities of mutual cooperation. The introductory workshop aimed to find synergies in the areas of high-performance computing and artificial intelligence.

Nanomaterial developed in Olomouc helps to detect beef meat adulteration

A reliable, fast, cheap, and easy-to-use diagnostic method for assessing the quality of beef meat was developed by scientists from the Czech Advanced Technology and Research Institute, CATRIN, of Palacký University in collaboration with colleagues from IT4Innovations, Spain and Brazil. By the method of electrochemical detection alongside using 2D graphene acid prepared in Olomouc, they can detect even small residues of pork meat in beef products. This is important when residues of pork are extremely undesirable for religious, cultural, but also health reasons. The results were published by the renowned journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics.