In March, a large-scale vaccination centre in Ostrava's Černá louka area became operational. Vaccination according to a simulation prepared by scientists at IT4Innovations can be administered to up to 2,600 people per day. Today's capacity is around 1,000 people, depending on the number of vaccines being delivered.
IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center conducts excellent research via national and international projects. Quite unique is the success rate in being involved in projects in the European Union's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, where IT4Innovations currently features in 16 international projects, in one of which as the coordinator.
The technology of Low-Power WAN (LPWAN) IoT infrastructure with an innovative approach to detecting selected security incidents was transferred to Inotecha, Ltd in Lithuania within the SPLWAN-LT mini-project consisting of a consortium of two partners (academia and industry).
It has been more than seven years since the very first supercomputer was launched at IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center in Ostrava. The Anselm supercomputer, from the company Atos, was launched in 2013 and has since then had its computational resources available for Czech and foreign scientists. During its operation, more than 2.6 million computing jobs were run on it in 725 research projects in fields such as material sciences, computational chemistry, biosciences, and engineering. At the end of January, its operation permanently ceased. However, it will find another application as part of the World of Civilization exhibition in Dolní/Lower Vítkovice.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade has announced the winner of the national call for European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH), which, together with European partners, will support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and public administration institutions in the wider integration of digital technologies into manufacturing, commerce, and public services. The Digital Innovation Hub Ostrava (DIH Ostrava) is one of the winners.
IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center has officially started cooperation in the international EVEREST project. The project aims at developing a holistic approach for co-designing computation and communication in a cutting-edge and primarily secure system for high-performance data analysis (HPDA). This approach will be tested using a weather analysis-based prediction model for the renewable energy trading market, an application for air-quality monitoring of industrial sites, and a real-time traffic modelling framework for intelligent transportation in Smart Cities.
In the final quarter of last year there was a competition to name the most powerful supercomputer in the Czech Republic, which will be installed at IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center in Ostrava this year. From more than 5,000 submissions sent by over 2,000 people, the name KAROLINA was selected by the jury.
Ostrava, 27th October 2020 – Today, most of us in the Czech Republic own a mobile phone, and there are even more functional SIM cards than residents. Therefore, it is the operational data of mobile operators that is being used at IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center at VSB –Technical University of Ostrava to deal with crisis situations. The data is processed in anonymised form and provide information on population movements during the coronavirus pandemic. The results are made available to the public in the Mobility Atlas with day-to-day level of detail in all regions and cities above 50,000 inhabitants.
Ostrava, October 14, 2020 – In early October, a contract to acquire the most powerful supercomputer in the Czech Republic, which will also rank among the most powerful in Europe, was signed. The contract was signed between the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU), Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which will deliver the system, and IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center VSB at Technical University of Ostrava, where the new supercomputer will be located. The supercomputer will serve both academia and industry.
IT4Innovations has joined the EuroCC project, the objective of which is to establish the National Competence Center in high-performance computing (HPC) and implement supporting activities in this field focused on industry, public administration, and academia. The project is aimed not only at sharing knowledge and expertise in HPC across Europe but also to reinforce the technological independence and competitiveness of the EU.
IT4Innovations National Supercomputer Center presents an updated viaRODOS application, which was developed within the RODOS project and which cooperates with the Floreon+ system. The application uses data sources provided by the National Traffic Information Center (NDIC), which falls under the Directorate of Roads and Motorways (DRM) of the Czech Republic. Users thus receive the most up-to-date data on traffic on roads and in selected cities in the Czech Republic.
High-performance computers in the Czech Republic are again serving a good cause. IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center has started cooperation with the Italian university Politecnico di Milano and offered a hand in the research connected with the most discussed disease of this time – COVID-19.
MathInHPC Doctoral School offers students a wide portfolio of study and research related activities of Czech universities as well as the Czech Academy of Sciences, an opportunity to participate in internships at universities and research institutions, and access to the state-of-the-art HPC (High Performance Computing) technologies operated by IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center.
Digitalisation is increasingly regarded as one of the keys to ensure the future competitiveness of enterprises, including small and medium-sized ones. IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center, a research institute of VSB – Technical University of Ostrava, together with the Moravian-Silesian Innovation Centre Ostrava have therefore decided to share their know-how through the setting up of the Digital Innovation Hub Ostrava. The Hub will help companies primarily based in the Moravian-Silesian Region to identify, and potentially even meet their needs in the field of digitalisation.
After eight months of work, the LEXIS Project started the first of four planned Face to Face Meetings
which is under way in Turin from 10th to 12th September 2019, hosted by the LINKS Foundation in the Politecnico di Torino Campus.
In Ostrava, on Wednesday the 2nd of October 2019, the ceremony for the new supercomputer being put into operation at IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center at VSB - Technical University of Ostrava was held. It has expanded the family of supercomputers installed at the centre. The winning name of the competition was Barbora.
Today marks the launch of a pilot project, OPENQKD, that will install a test quantum communication infrastructure in several European countries. It will boost the security of critical applications in the fields of telecommunications, health care, electricity supply and government services.
The CESNET Association, Masaryk University and VSB – Technical University of Ostrava have applied for a joint project for establishing an upgraded national research e-infrastructure e-INFRA CZ. The project application was preceded by signing a partnership agreement, which commits all three institutions to mutual cooperate on operating, developing and providing a comprehensive portfolio of services under the infrastructure.
The transnational InnoHPC project is in its closing phase. Bringing together 15 partners from the Danube region, it is supported by the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme. On 24th and 25th June 2019, the final conference dedicated to the project will be held in the city of Timisoara in Romania.