Achievements and awards in 2021
- Jakub Homola from the Infrastructure Research Lab received the Prof. Babuška Prize for outstanding work in computer science for the year 2021. The expert jury awarded his master thesis, in which he used our supercomputers.
- Being the first in the world, scientists from several Czech research institutions including IT4Innovations observed inhomogeneous electron charge distribution on an atom, thus confirming a 30-year-old theoretical prediction. This breakthrough discovery, comparable with the very first observation of a black hole, shall ease understanding of chemical reactions and interactions between individual atoms and molecules and opens the way to improving the material and structural properties of various physical, biological, and chemical systems. Their paper was published in the prestigious Science journal.
Scientists from research institutions IT4Innovations and CATRIN presented each other their research activities and discussed the mutual cooperation possibilities. The objective of the introductory workshop was to find synergies in the field of High-Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence.
- Martin Golasowski from IT4Innovations won the bronze place within the Joseph Fourier Prize competition for his project focused on optimisation of urban transport using intelligent navigation service.
- The e-INFRA CZ consortium achieved the highest ranking in the international evaluation of large research infrastructures of the Czech Republic, which was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.
Georg Zitzlsberger obtained two NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI) instructor certificates — Building Transformer-Based Natural Language Processing Applications and Fundamentals of Deep Learning.
- The e-INFRA CZ consortium, of which IT4Innovations is a part, implemented quantum key distribution. Communication secured by encryption through quantum key distribution (QKD) represents a new shift in communication security and addresses the risks associated with the advent of quantum computers.
- Martin Golasowski from IT4Innovations together with his colleagues from the German Leibniz-Rechenzentrum shone with their presentation entitled A transnational data system for HPC/Cloud-Computing Workflows based on iRODS/EUDAT at the iRODS User Group Meeting 2021. Their paper was about the use of iRODS technology for data transfer between HPC centres in the LEXIS project.
- IT4Innovations is involved in a new project that supports the development of European exascale systems. The SCALABLE project will drive innovation in European industries and support basic research through advanced computational fluid dynamics methods.
- The IO-SEA project, of which IT4Innovations is a part, has started. The aim of the project is to develop a data management and storage platform using the latest advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning to plan and optimise data transfers.
- The excellent research of IT4Innovations was confirmed by the Innovation Radar result, which ranked IT4Innovations as one of the key innovators in the Czech Republic with seven innovations supported by European projects.
- At IT4Innovations, we developed a simulation that helped in setting up a large-scale vaccination centre at Černá louka in Ostrava.
- IT4Innovations is part of the ACROSS project, which will develop a platform combining HPC, Big Data, and AI. This will support applications in the fields of aviation, climate, weather, and energy.
- We are involved in the LIGATE project, which will use European supercomputing systems to improve computer-aided drug design.
- The Ministry of Industry and Trade announced the winners of the national call for European Digital Innovation Hubs. These will support the digitalisation of SMEs and public administration authorities. One of the winners is the Digital Innovation Hub Ostrava.
- We cooperate with the ENET Centre, which is part of VSB - Technical University of Ostrava, in the Centre for Energy and Environmental Technologies project.
Achievements and awards in 2020
- Vít Vondrák has been ranked by the Computerworld magazine among the TOP personalities of 2020. This is a mix of innovators, of start-up founders, and experienced people who have been in the IT field for a long time.
- Jiří Dědeček together with Edyta Tabor and Štěpán Sklenák from J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry of the CAS, found a unique way to turn methane into methanol, for which they received the Czech Head Invention Award. In their research, they used IT4Innovations supercomputers to computationally predict the results, which they eventually confirmed experimentally.
The 4th IT4Innovations User Conference was held virtually with 68 participants. The conference provided information about our plans in the field of infrastructure and new services related to our involvement in e-INFRA CZ or the LUMI consortium.
- The H2020 EVEREST project launched. The project is coordinated by IBM, consists of 10 partners, and has a duration of 36 months. The project develops a holistic approach for co-designing computation and communication in a state-of-the-art, and above all secure, system for high-performance data analysis.
- A two-year project to establish the National Competence Centre in HPC within the EuroHPC JU initiative launched. The aim is to share knowledge in the field of HPC across Europe and to strengthen the technological autonomy and competitiveness of the EU. In the Czech Republic, the project will establish the National Competence Centre in HPC and introduce support activities in this area for industry, public administration, and academia.
- We set up cooperation with the ENET Centre, which is part of the Technical University of Ostrava, in the Centre for Energy and Environmental Technologies (CEET) project. The project is supported by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, and its aim is to find solutions for efficient transformation of alternative fuels, wastes, and by-products into recovered chemicals and useful forms of energy.
- IT4Innovations presents the updated viaRODOS application, which was developed within the RODOS project and is compatible with the Floreon+ system. The application uses data sources provided by the National Transport Information Centre (NDIC), which is part of the Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic.
- We provide a service to our users to facilitate research and development within the international H2020-funded POP2 Centre of Excellence project. It is a Free assistance in optimization of parallel applications performance.
The scientific team from Pavel Jungwirth's group from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (IOCB) of the CAS and their project made it onto the cover of one of the most prestigious and most cited scientific journals in the world - Science. IT4Innovations contributed to this discovery by allocating 650,000 core hours of computational resources to Pavel Jungwirth's research.
- The article titled Domain Knowledge Specification for Energy Tuning, which was co-authored by our colleagues Lubomír Říha, Ondřej Vysocký, Martin Beseda, and Jan Zapletal, is one of the 10% of the most downloaded contributions in the Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience journal.
A strategic project titled Smart Energy Grid Management System (ES4G) started. The project brings together a unique research consortium - the ENET and IT4Innovations Centres at VSB-TUO, Brno University of Technology in Brno, and application sponsors - E.ON Distribuce, a.s., ČEZ Distribuce, a. s., and ABB s.r.o.
- In cooperation with T-Mobile Czech Republic a. s., we cooperate in the extraction of anonymised population mobility data for the needs of the state to evaluate the impact of anti-epidemiological measures on the population mobility - the Mobility Atlas project.
- A modernized department for the research activities of the Modelling for Nanotechnologies Lab is equipped with a special laser for generation of ultrashort femtosecond pulses, i.e. laser beams with duration of a quadrillionth of a second (10-15 s).
- The NVIDIA AI & HPC Academy 2020 was organized for all fans of artificial intelligence (AI) and high performance computing (HPC) at IT4Innovations. It was a series of hands-on NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute workshops with 90 participants, who learnt about optimal design and implementation of artificial intelligence algorithms on supercomputers.
- Georg Zitzlsberger was awarded two certificates in the field of Deep Learning and AI — Fundamentals of Deep Learning for Multiple Data Types and Fundamentals of Deep Learning for Multi-GPUs.
- IT4Innovations and Moravian-Silesian Innovation Centre Ostrava concluded a memorandum establishing the Digital Innovation Hub Ostrava.
- Research activities within the Research and Development of a Functional Sample of a Railway Vehicle Enabling Collection of Data and Software – a Simulator Enabling Generation of Data to Train Obstacle Detection under Simulated Conditions project kicked off. It was supported in the 1st Open Call of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic as part of the TREND program for industrial research and experimental development.
- Launch of a project entitled Blockchain ENabled DEep Learning for Space Data (BLENDED), which was announced within the European Space Agency (ESA) Open Call.
Achievements and awards in 2019
- The implementation team led by Prof. Zelinka from VSB-TUO and our colleagues from the Big Data Analysis laboratory received an honorary award from the expert panel within the Visionaries 2019 project competition for their Chiméra mobile application for encrypted communication.
- The representatives of the EuroHPC pre-exascale and petascale systems hosting countries celebrated the signature of the Hosting Agreements in Strasbourg.
- The 3rd IT4Innovations Users Conference and the 8th Annual Conference of IT4Innovations Centre of Excellence took place.
- IT4Innovations Digital Innovation Hub was announced as DIH of the month November DIHnet EU.
IT4Innovations was present among exhibitors at the Supercomputing Conference (SC19) in Denver, USA. Two articles by Jakub Beranek were published at the conference focusing on transmission of computations to network cards and the design of interfaces for FPGA communication. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Supercomputing Conference the HyperLoom project was selected among the milestones of the conference.
- A ceremony was held to launch a new supercomputer named Barbora.
- The Doctoral School for Education in Mathematical Methods and Tools in HPC started.
- Barbora Kacerovská from the Modelling for Nanotechnologies laboratory was announced as the winner of the Lady Business competition in the exceptional student of the Moravian-Silesian region category.
- We organized a Czech-French workshop in the field of nanotechnology.
- We participated in the organization of the Conference DS-RT (Distributed Simulation and Real Time Applications), Cosenza, Italy.
- IT4Innovations launched another Horizon 2020 project: OPENQKD. This project implements and tests a pilot quantum communication infrastructure in several European countries.
- Pavel Moravec from the Advanced Data Analysis and Simulations Lab won the Best Poster Award at the CISIM 2019 Conference in Belgrade, Serbia.
- Already for the seventh time we joined the PRACE Summer of HPC program and hosted two foreign students during the summer internship. The program is intended for students of European universities and is focused on HPC in the supercomputing centers participating in the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) project.
- The IT4Innovations building celebrated its 5th birthday; two supercomputers were added in 2019.
We merged with two other research infrastructures, the CESNET Association and CERIT-SC operated by Masaryk University, as part of the e-INFRA CZ project. e-INFRA CZ is a fully transparent environment offering comprehensive capacities and resources for the transmission, storage, and processing of scientific data to those involved in research, development, and innovation across sectors.
- We succeeded in a pan-European competition for hosting the “EuroHPC petascale system“.
- Our colleague Tomáš Martinovič, who presented research on the topic "HPC Oriented Algorithm for Computation of Recurrence Quantitative Analysis", received the Best Research Poster Award at ISC 2019.
- We organized the High Performance Computing in Science and Engineering (HPCSE) conference.
- We joined a research consortium in the field of personalized medicine – the PerMed National Centre of Competence.
- The Best Poster Award at the PRACEdays19 Conference was won by our colleague Martin Golasowski for his contribution entitled "Distributed Environment for Traffic Simulations".
- The 6th implementation phase of the PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) project was officially launched.
- The Joseph Fourier Awards Committee met at out centre.
- We published Supercomputing in Science and Engineering 2017 – 18, containing 51 contributions from the users of our supercomputing systems.
- We joined the EUDAT Collaborative Data Infrastructure. It is a European e-infrastructure integrating data services and resources to boost research.
- We launched the NVIDIA DGX-2 computing system for artificial intelligence calculations. This is the first installation of this type in Central and Eastern Europe.
- We became a member of the international non-profit organization Big Data Value Association (BDVA).
The Digital Revolution workshop of the CzechInno association was held at IT4Innovations.
A meeting of InnoHPC (High-performance Computing for Effective Innovation in the Danube Region) project partners took place.
Successful completion of the ExCAPE project, which aimed to develop computer programs capable of new drug discovery using exascale computing systems.
The Euronews television network filmed a report at our center within the Intelligent Regions program , which aims to bring media coverage to important projects of high value for European Union citizens.
- We launched the LEXIS project - the first Horizon 2020 project coordinated by VŠB-TUO.
- We hosted the FIJI Hackathon focused on parallelization and HPC. This year it was held in the Czech Republic for the first time.
- We successfully defended the results of the ANTAREX project.
- Together with the ENET Centre we have become involved with the National Centre for Energy (NCE).
Achievements and awards in 2018
Two achievements of our colleagues from the Advanced Data Analysis and Simulations Laboratory were nominated for the European Commission's Innovation Radar Prize. The HyperLoom software enabling easy parallel data processing on supercomputers was nominated in the Excellent Science category. In the Best early stage innovation category, the intelligent online navigation system for citizens, in cooperation with Sygic, was nominated. Based on voting the intelligent online navigation advanced to the finals.
In December 2018, Tomáš Martinovič defended his doctoral thesis "Tools for Time Series Analysis of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems" in the field of Computer Science under the supervision of Doc. RNDr. Mark Lampart. The thesis was awarded best dissertation defended in 2018 in the Information Technology category in an international competition announced by the PROGRES 3 Consortium of universities.
Initiation of a new project H2020 entitled "Open European Quantum Key Distribution Testbed" (OPENQKD) in the field of cyber security in the call SU-ICT-04-2019. The project is coordinated by the Austrian Institute of Technology and focuses on highly-secure networks using principles of quantum mechanics for key distribution. The overall budget of the project consortium is € 15 million, which in terms of funding volume, is one of the key objectives in the security field supported by the European Commission.
The Best Poster Award for "Workflow for Parallel Processing of Sequential Mesh Databases" at the Supercomputing Conference, November 2018, Dallas, USA.
Georg Zitzlsberger obtained the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI) instructor certificate. As an ambassador of NVIDIA DLI for VSB - Technical University of Ostrava he led the course "Fundamentals of Deep Learning for Computer Vision".
- Participation in the 2nd French-Czech Barrande Workshop, which took place in Paris in October 2018.
- Successful completion and defence of the ExCAPE project. A part of the project was the development of the HyperLoom platform which was fully used in the experiments within the project. The platform was further modified for use in the ExaQUte project.
Successful defence and completion of the ESA TEP URBAN TUrbO-Hub project. At the end of the project, more than 330 institutions from more than 40 countries requested access to the products and services of the developed Urban TEP platform. The continuation of activities in the follow-up project ESA URBAN TEP II has been going on since August 2018 with the aim of creating a fully self-sufficient and sustainable platform for the analysis of satellite images in terms of urban urbanization.
- In July 2018, Tibor Fördös successfully defended his dissertation in Paris (at the École Polytechnique, Palaiseau) before a French-Czech committee.
Initiation of the H2020 ExaQUTE project (Exascale Quantifications of Uncertainties for Technology and Science Simulation). The project began in June 2018 and its main objective is to develop new methods for solving complex engineering problems using numerical simulations and future exascale systems.
- Successful cooperation with the University of Toulouse in the education of PhD students; one successfully defended his work before a Czech-French committee, Cyril Van de Steen, with "Modeling of Transport Properties of Ions of Krypton and Xenon for Optimization Cold Rare-gas Plasmas Generators", one started as a joint student (or cotutelle), Martin Beseda, with "Modeling of Transport Properties of Molecular Ions of Helium in Air", and funding for another student was obtained.
Successful completion and defence of the READEX project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program.
Promotional animation "Agent 327: Operation Barbershop", which was rendered using the IT4Innovations infrastructure in collaboration with the Blender Institute, won the prestigious worldwide Webby Awards.
- Success in submitting the international H2020 project LEXIS (Large-scale EXecution for Industry & Society) to the area "ICT-11-2018-2019: HPC and Big Data enabled Large-scale Test-beds and Applications". The project was accepted for funding at the beginning of January 2019. IT4Innovations is the coordinator of this project, which involves 15 other international partners.