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European National Competence Centres in HPC meeting held

From 22 to 24 March 2024, National Competence Centres in HPC (NCC) met, including the Czech one. The main topic of the event was a deeper connection between the National Competence Centres in HPC (NCC) and the Centres of Excellence (CoE), which deal with codes for European supercomputers. This year, NCC Slovakia invited representatives of each organisation from across Europe to Štrbské Pleso in the High Tatras.

While the National Competence Centres facilitate access to supercomputing technologies for companies, scientists, and public institutions, the Centres of Excellence develop and modify existing computer codes and applications so that they can be used at exascale computing power. (Note: exascale power corresponds to one billion billions – quintillion – operations per second).

The codes, which are produced by more than 10 European Centres of Excellence under the umbrella of the pan-European EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, are accessible to users across the European NCC network. Researchers and industry can use them to address their current challenges in areas as diverse as climate and weather, drug design, engineering, and astrophysics.

“This meeting was a unique opportunity to meet personally with various partners from the European supercomputing network. Thanks to this, new collaborations and projects can be established, and best practices as well as challenges and opportunities are shared,” summarised Kateřina Beranová, Communications Specialist at the National Competence Centre in HPC in the Czech Republic.

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EuroHPC Summit 2024, Antwerp Belgium

EuroHPC JU Summit 2024: The Science-Industry Nexus is Gaining Momentum

Collaboration between enterprises and scientists in high-performance computing (HPC), simulation, data analysis, and AI was a major topic at this year’s EuroHPC JU Summit. Panel discussions focused on the needs and challenges that businesses face in relation to the use of high-performance computing. Moreover, the fact that even humanities-focused projects are increasingly benefiting from the use of HPC was also emphasised.

“The use of supercomputers can help better understand us as human beings,” said Professor Julie M. Birkholz of Ghent University, who cooperates with the Royal Library of Belgium, in the first panel discussion on the conference’s third day. However, it is often the case that scientists based in the humanities and social sciences have neither experience with digital technologies nor with data analysis and supercomputers – they are thus reluctant to use them.

Yet collaboration between scientists across scientific fields yields valuable results. “For example, the automatic detection of data from historical handwritten records will help address climate issues. In turn, data from demographic and sociological measurements and journals can help address societal issues,” says Julie Birkholz. Of course, significant added value is also created by integrating scientific knowledge with industry and real-life applications.

Enterprises want to use the European supercomputing network,

but they need to be granted easy access


Last year’s EuroHPC Summit identified the need for intensive cooperation with industry. A year later, we better understand the needs and opportunities to enable SMEs or AI communities to access supercomputing technologies better. These are the tools that will allow them to grow and increase their efficiency.

Thanks to the European supercomputing network, enterprises appreciate that they can use the most advanced technology available. The field of supercomputing and AI is evolving rapidly, and it would be too expensive and challenging for SMEs to run their supercomputer. At the same time, they can use various specific architectures in the network instead of just one.

The conference showed that the pressing issues for enterprises include easy access to supercomputing clusters through unified software and services across different operators, real-time technical support, and data retention and security.

The traditional European HPC, AI, and QC community meeting was attended by EU political leaders, representatives of supercomputing centres, including IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center, and industrial companies. The four-day summit took place in Antwerp, Belgium, from 18 to 21 March and was attended by 700 visitors.

For more, please read the IT4Innovations (IT4I) website. You will learn, for example, about the panel on energy efficiency of supercomputing systems, where one of the speakers was Ondřej Vysocký from the IT4I Infrastructure Research Lab.

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EuroHPC JU Access Call for AI and Data-Intensive Applications(4)

New Call for Enterprise: Get Compute Time for AI and Big Data Projects

EuroHPC JU has opened a new call for industry, SMEs, start-ups and the public sector to access supercomputing resources for working with Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Big Data.
The call focuses on supporting ethical AI, generative AI, big language models, machine learning and general big data-intensive applications.

This allows Czech businesses to get 1 year of free computing time on European supercomputers in two rounds:

✅ develop and test their AI applications,
✅ train own big language models LLM,
✅ work on machine learning ML,
✅ and data-intensive applications.


You can register your projects through 2 waves:
until April 15, 2024
until June 14, 2024

Do you want to help with the application process and increase your chances of acceptance?
Do not hesitate to contact us.

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The Startup Festival: Supercomputers as a Means to Accelerate Innovation (not only) for Startups

At the beginning of March, we promoted the National Competence Centre in HPC and our services at the Startup Festival 2024 in Prague. It was an opportunity for us to show startups and early-stage projects that their growth can be accelerated by supercomputers.

At the trade fair booth, we met with startups and discussed, for example, possible uses for supercomputers, current calls for computational resources, and cascade funding opportunities.

We were also thrilled to have convinced some Startup Festival participants that supercomputers are no science-fiction technology. They are just very powerful computers that can be used very well in practice across fields – from agriculture, industry, and healthcare to architecture and software development.

Besides the stand, Tomáš Karásek, Head of the National Competence Centre in HPC, gave a lecture on “Supercomputers as a means to accelerate innovation (not only) for startups.”

Moreover, we had an opportunity to promote the possibilities of high-performance computing for Czech businesses through a mini-interview for the Roklen24 portal.

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