Luxembourg, 14 February 2024 – The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) has announced a tender for the installation of a new quantum computer LUMI-Q, which will be located in the Czech Republic and integrated with the supercomputer KAROLINA. The National Supercomputing Center IT4Innovations, which is part of the VSB - Technical University of Ostrava, will thus become the home of the first Czech quantum computer.
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.
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.
The international EOSC (European Open Science Cloud) initiative is expanding to the Czech Republic. It will connect existing scientific communities and create a system for storing and sharing data. Moreover, it will facilitate the research data access for scientists and scientific organisations. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic has just approved funding for the "IPs EOSC-CZ" project in Czechia. And it has officially launched its active phase on Monday, 4 September 2023.
The hosting agreement was signed in Luxembourg for the acquisition and operation of a quantum computer by the international LUMI-Q consortium. It will be installed at IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center in Ostrava, Czechia, in 2024 and become the first Czech quantum computer, which will also be available to the European research community.
In January this year, the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) launched ten centres of excellence that will improve existing computing codes over the next four years to exploit the potential of exascale supercomputers. One of them is the SPACE (Scalable Parallel Astrophysical Codes for Exascale) Centre of Excellence, which will involve scientists from IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center. The SPACE project aims to redesign selected codes to fully utilise new computing architectures and use new programming methods, software solutions, and HPC libraries.
Thanks to his new discovery, Pavel Hobza stands a great chance at rewriting the textbooks of physical chemistry
Pavel Hobza and his team first contributed to the rewriting of textbooks twenty years ago. This was when they discovered and described the so-called improper hydrogen bond. Together with colleagues from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Institute of Physical Chemistry of Jaroslav Heyrovský of the Czech Academy of Sciences and IT4Innovations, he has made yet another discovery. This time it has the potential to simplify the previously adopted definition of the hydrogen bond and to force chemistry students and researchers to rethink their ideas about the substances they study.
The European Digital Innovation Hub Ostrava kicked off its activities at the beginning of this year. Since then, it has provided all interested clients with a complete portfolio of services. The services focus primarily on supporting smaller and medium-sized companies and startups as well as public organisations in deploying and using digital technologies, including providing knowledge and infrastructure, creating tailor-made solutions, and implementing training courses.
A unique Global Experts programme, funded by the Moravian-Silesian Region, is being launched to attract the world's top scientists to local universities. Participating universities include VSB – Technical University of Ostrava, specifically IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center, which is to host Professor Andrey Rogach.
European research and supercomputing centres and leading computer hardware and simulation software manufacturers are joining forces at the MaX (MAterials design at the eXascale) European Centre of Excellence. The MaX project develops simulation software for materials science. It will also focus on the efficient use of exascale supercomputers in its third phase, in which scientists from IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center are also involved. This will open up new possibilities for designing and testing materials for applications in critical areas such as clean energy, new IT technologies, and manufacturing.
Industrial companies and public administration have another opportunity to take full advantage of HPC
The National Competence Centre for HPC celebrates two years of existence in the Czech Republic. During this time, it has helped many companies and public institutions by providing access to supercomputers, technology consulting, and free educational activities. It intends to build on its earlier achievements in the next three-year period of its operation.
The world's third most powerful and Europe's number one supercomputer is fully operational and accepted as of February 2023. The second pilot phase of the LUMI supercomputer with the GPU partition has been completed. LUMI is now officially ready to fully serve the European as well as the Czech scientific community.
The consortium of EXA4MIND (Extreme Analytics for Mining Data spaces) is pleased to announce the launch of an ambitious project selected and funded by the European Commission as part of the Horizon Europe Programme. Involving top talent from renowned universities and research centres, small and medium-sized enterprises and the industrial sector, 9 partners from 6 countries (the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, Spain and France) will join forces to make EXA4MIND a reality and create a unique Extreme Data platform by 2026.
Development is moving forward inexorably, and supercomputers that ruled the TOP 500 ten years ago are now forgotten; many of them are even literally on the scrap heap. New supercomputers are much more powerful and can contain over a hundred cores within a single compute node. When computing certain types of massively parallel tasks, running them can be complicated, leading to the potential of new supercomputers not being fully exploited. The solution is HyperQueue, a tool developed by scientists at IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center for efficient organisation of computations to solve scientific problems.
In September, the pan-European OpenWebSearch.EU project was launched, bringing together 14 renowned European research and supercomputing centres to create an open European web search infrastructure. The Czech Republic is represented in the project by IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center, which is part of VSB – Technical University of Ostrava.
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.
Ostrava, 15th July – Europe's top research infrastructures have come together in the newly launched BioDT project to jointly design and develop a digital twin prototype for biodiversity research and analysis to support the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. Scientists from IT4Innovations, the Czech National Supercomputing Center, are also involved in this unique project.
Ostrava, 14th July 2022 – Scientists at IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center are developing a specialised software package that will make the study of proteins easier and faster. The advanced research opens up new possibilities for developing cures for diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
LUMI, Europe's most powerful supercomputer, is solving global challenges and promoting a green transformation
13th June 2022, Kajaani, Finland – The LUMI supercomputer is the first pre-exascale supercomputer of the pan-European EuroHPC Joint Undertaking and is now also the most powerful supercomputer in Europe. Its inauguration ceremony took place on Monday 13th June 2022 in Kajaani, Finland. LUMI offers European researchers a world-class tool for understanding complex phenomena such as climate change and applications of artificial intelligence, while also serving as a platform for international research cooperation. IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center, which is part of VSB – Technical University of Ostrava, is also involved in its construction and operation. Czech scientists thus have access to this unique supercomputer through the services provided by the e-INFRA CZ research infrastructure, of which IT4Innovations is a part.