Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the vast majority of conferences became virtual. The biggest high-performance computing event of this year, Supercomputing Conference 2021, provided an opportunity for scientists, supercomputing centres, companies, and HPC enthusiasts to meet again.
National competence center portfolio
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The National Competence Center (NCC) is the reference and single point of contact and coordination on a national level for high-performance computing (HPC) and data analysis (HPDA). In the Czech Republic, the National Competence Center in HPC is represented by IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center at VSB – Technical University of Ostrava. The National Competence Center was established under the auspices of the EuroCC project and is funded by the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.
The online LUMI Roadshow event, which took place on Wednesday, 17th February, was attended by 50 participants. Branislav Jansík from the Supercomputing Services department presented the LUMI supercomputer and the opportunity to be involved in its pilot testing. Tomáš Karásek then introduced the participants to the National Competence Center in HPC.
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.