Current trends and visions in HPC in Slovakia
On September 29, we started a series of lectures "Supercomputing in Science" in the Aula of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. Popularization-educational lectures are a joint activity of the Computer Museum and the National Competence Center for HPC. NCC, as the primary contact point for HPC in Slovakia, covers, among other things, educational and dissemination activities in this area.
Filip Holka, Head of the High-Performance Computing Department, and Lukáš Demovič, Director of COO SAS, took care of the introductory event Current trends and visions in HPC in Slovakia. In the first part, the participants learned how to define a supercomputer, on what technologies today's supercomputers are built, everything that must be taken into account in their design, as well as how to evaluate performance and energy efficiency. The second part of the lecture brought an interesting recapitulation of the history of HPC in Slovakia, but also a description of the current state and capacities in comparison with Europe and the surrounding countries. It is clear that Slovakia needs to invest in HPC infrastructure and support the digitization and use of innovative technologies if it is to keep up with Europe. As Slovakia is part of the European structures PRACE-RI and EuroHPC JU, we also touched on the benefits and opportunities that international cooperation brings to us and our users.
Last but not least, we also focused on initiatives that arose in Slovakia - specifically the National Supercomputing Center (NSCC), whose ambition is to develop HPC infrastructure and support high-performance computing in Slovakia.
The participants used the break with refreshments and coffee for informal conversations and discussions with the organizers and speakers.
You can view the recording of the event on the Facebook profile of the COO SAS and you can already register for our other lectures.
Schedule and Registration
- October 12, 17:00 - Computer simulations and calculations as an essential tool in science
Pavel Neogrády (Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University)
- October 26, 17:00 - Development of technology and computer architecture – from 1-processor serial computers to supercomputers
Martin Šperka (Computer Museum, COO SAS)
- November 10, 17:00 - Operation systems in multiprocessor clusters
Dušan Bernát (Faculty of mathematics, physics and informatics, Comenius University)
- November 23, 17:00 - Short guide to software parallelization
Jaroslav Suchánek (Biomedical Research Center, SAS)
- December 7, 17:00 - Federated distributed computing
Ladislav Hluchý (Institute of Informatics SAS)
- December 21, 17:00 - Modelling of 2D systems properties using the Quantum Monte Carlo methods
Ivan Štich (Institute of Physics SAS)