Veletrh vědy 2024 - superpočítačové centrum IT4Innovations

Supercomputers in the Spotlight at the 2024 Science Fair

The National Competence Center for High-Performance Computing (HPC) was once again a prominent presence at the Science Fair, the largest science popularisation event in the Czech Republic for children and the general public. At the IT4Innovations booth, the national supercomputing centre, more than 1800 participants engaged in the prize program. Overall, the event reported participation from over 58,000 science enthusiasts.

During the event, we primarily disseminated basic information about the existence of the national supercomputing center in Ostrava, which currently operates two supercomputers: Karolina and Barbora. We explained what supercomputers are, their applications, and who can access them. Additionally, we highlighted the opportunity for Czech companies to test the computational power of supercomputers through the services of the National Competence Center for HPC.

For those interested in deeper technical details, we showcased the retired hardware components of the Salomon supercomputer. Visitors could also verify their knowledge of supercomputing through a fun quiz, and the “Harry Potter and the Magic of Supercomputing” game was a big hit with children.

This year’s Science Fair, organized by the Czech Academy of Sciences since 2015, took place at the PVA Expo in Letňany, Prague, from May 30th to June 1st, 2024.

Feel free to check out the short photo report and immerse yourself in the local atmosphere!

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HPCSE 2024: New partnerships, discussions, and success stories of using supercomputers in practice

Successful partnership of the High-Performance Computing in Science and Engineering 2024 Conference

We are pleased to have had the opportunity to participate as a partner in organising the High-Performance Computing in Science and Engineering (HPCSE 2024) conference for the second time. Since 2013, IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center in Ostrava has organised the conference at regular two-year intervals.

Nearly 90 experts from the world of supercomputing, high-performance data analysis, AI, and quantum computing gathered at the Soláň Hotel in the Beskydy mountains from 20 to 23 May 2024. Experts, scientists, and representatives of Centres of Excellence and industry were present. At the conference, the National Competence Centre in HPC (NCC) presented its activities and services and, above all, its educational programmes and collaboration success stories in practice.

Tomáš Karásek, Head of the NCC, spoke during the presentation about the interest of Czech companies in using supercomputers.  “Since our foundation, we have already established a number of successful collaborations with companies in practice across industries. From healthcare to architectural studios and construction, energy, engineering, transport, security, industry, agriculture, and more,” says Tomáš Karásek.

Moreover, thanks to networking, we managed to establish new valuable contacts.  We discussed the possibilities of cooperation and networking with the community of Czech AI startups, for whom our services and European calls for computational resources may be interesting. The conference also produced interesting interviews with selected participants, which you can look forward to soon. So, stay in touch with us, whether it be via social media or the newsletter.

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ISC 2024: We presented Czech Success Stories to More Than 3,000 Participants of the European Supercomputing Conference

Visitors to ISC High Performance 2024, the largest European conference and exhibition of providers and users of supercomputing technologies, were introduced to several successful Czech collaborations in practice.

The conference was held in Hamburg, Germany, from 12 to 16 May. At the IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center booth, we presented mainly success stories produced in collaboration with companies testing the use of supercomputers in practice thanks to cooperation with the Czech National Competence Centre in HPC (NCC).

Our other objectives also included getting feedback and valuable suggestions in the survey of users’ educational needs, establishing new contacts for potential collaborations as well as meeting existing partners from the supercomputing community.

In addition, Tomáš Karásek, Head of the NCC, led one of the presentations at the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking booth focused on the EuroCC2 project and the role of local National Competence Centres in Europe.

During the conference, we also had the opportunity to learn about many examples of success stories of using supercomputers in practice. Would you like to know more? Follow our social networks.

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