AI monitors urban sprawl

More than half of the Earth's population already lives in urban areas, and they are growing faster than ever before. Researchers at IT4Innovations, in collaboration with the University of Leeds in the UK, have trained a neural network to recognise how cities are changing over the decades, using remote sensing data from the European Space Agency (ESA). The aim of this collaboration is to create useful models that will be available to urban planners. Monitoring urban sprawl will help them to prevent unwanted urban expansion and minimise negative environmental impacts.

Czechia will host the European LUMI-Q quantum computer

The European Joint Undertaking EuroHPC has selected sites to host new European quantum computers. LUMI-Q consortium is among the projects chosen, and its quantum computer will be located in Czechia at the IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Centre in Ostrava.

Recyclable nanomaterial could detect and eradicate heavy metals from water

A cheap, effective, and recyclable nanomaterial that can not only detect but also eradicate heavy metals from water, especially cadmium and lead. This is the result of a collaboration between scientists from CATRIN at Palacký University, VSB-TUO and IT4Innovations, and the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) in Barcelona.

Prague hosts top scientists who combine numerical mathematics with the world of supercomputers

In Prague, the International Conference on Domain Decomposition Methods (DD27) brought together world leaders in the field that combines numerical mathematics with the world of powerful supercomputers. Thanks to domain decomposition algorithms, these computers can be used to solve very large-scale simulation problems in scientific and engineering practice, for example, prediction of aerodynamic properties of aircraft and cars, strength calculations of large-scale engineering and building structures, as well as detailed models predicting climate evolution or simulating various bodily functions.

Honoured guests from the European Union came to see Ostrava supercomputers

The Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union began a few days ago, and with it, the first accompanying events related to this prestigious role. One of them is the traditional visit of ambassadors sitting on the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Member States to the Council of the EU, which is taking place in the Moravian-Silesian Region from 7th to 9th July.

“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.