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Twinning collaboration between the Slovenian and Slovak NCCs

Twinning collaboration between the Slovenian and Slovak NCCs

Based on a recommendation by Castiel CSA, which coordinates the activities of national competence centers within the EuroCC project, Slovakia started a collaboration with its Slovenian partner. The main topic is training activities and both countries will provide a series of courses for attendees from both countries. The partnership will also promote the exchange of ideas and experiences and further joint activities.

Twinning je typ spolupráce, pri ktorej dvaja alebo viac rovnocenných partnerov poskytuje svoju expertízu pre vzájomné obohatenie. Každý z partnerov pri tom vyniká inými kompetenciami a navzájom sa tak dopĺňajú. Slovinsko a Slovensko majú na medzinárodnom poli dlhodobo veľmi dobré vzťahy a sme radi že ich v rámci projektu EuroCC môžeme začať budovať aj v oblasti vysokovýkonného počítania.

The collaboration began with an exchange of experiences with trainings organization and engaging with small and medium enterprises. It will continue with a series of online courses, the first of which will take place in May and June 2022 and will be available to attendees from both countries. The course "Neural Networks with TensorFlow" will be provided by lecturers from the Slovak NCC and will take place on May 25 - 26, 2022. The course "GPU programming with CUDA" will be provided by Slovenian lecturers on June 20 - 21, 2022. The partnership will continue in Fall with courses on parallel programming in Fortran and big data with Hadoop and Spark (details will be available later). You can find more information about the courses and register here:

Course Neural Networks with TensorFlow

Course GPU programming in CUDA

QMC Hands-on Summer Workshop 29 Jun - The QMC Hands-on Summer Workshop was held in Slovakia on June 20-23, 2022. Workshop was organised by TREX project, National Competence Centre for HPC (NCC for HPC), Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS) and the Institute of Physics SAS.
Slovakia will have a new supercomputer this year 21 Jun - Centre of Operations of the SAS has signed a contract with a supplier of a new high-performance computing system, which should be put into operation later this year. The investment in the purchase of the Devana supercomputer with an estimated output of 800 TFlops is financed from the Operational Programme Integrated Infrastructure (OPII).
Twinning SK-CZ: Engineering applications 31 May - On 12-13. May 2022, we organized a twinning workshop at the Congress Center SAS Academia in Stará Lesná with the Czech National Competence Center for HPC, which operates within IT4I in Ostrava. The workshop focused on engineering applications and advanced modeling of, for example, complex fluid dynamics, turbulence, heat transfer, acoustics, mechanics etc.
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MEMO98

MEMO98

MEMO98 is a non-profit non-government organisation that has been monitoring the media in context of elections and other events for more than 20 years, and has carried out its activities in more than 50 countries. Recently, the organisation has also been dealing with the impact of social media on the integrity of electoral processes.

Informačné prostredie sa v posledných rokoch výrazne zmenilo, obzvlášť vplyvom nástupu sociálnych sietí. Odhliadnuc od niektorých pozitívnych aspektov, ako sú rozšírené možnosti prijímania a zdieľania informácií, sociálne médiá tiež umožnili rýchle a lacné šírenie dezinformácií zasahujúcich široké publikum. Organizácia MEMO 98 analyzovala predvolebnú kampaň parlamentných volieb, ktoré sa konali 11. júla 2021 v Moldavsku, a to na piatich sociálnych platformách: Facebook, Instagram, Odnoklassniki, Telegram a YouTube.

Dáta zo sociálnych sietí boli získané pomocou nástroja CrowdTangle (nástroj na analýzu sociálnych médií vlastnený Facebookom). Len počet interakcií k postom kandidátov a jednotlivých politických strán na Facebooku bol 1,82 mil., počet interakcií postov predsedov strán sa vyšplhal k 1,09 mil. Pred začiatkom tohto projektu nemala organizácia MEMO 98 skúsenosti s využitím nástrojov na efektívnu analýzu veľkých objemov dát. Odborníci NCC navrhli riešenie na spracovanie dát a ich následnú vizualizáciu voľne dostupným softvérom Gephi [1] v HPC prostredí. Výsledkom je tzv. sieťová mapa, čo je interaktívna schéma umožňujúca hľadať a analyzovať šírenie špecifických výrazov a webových adries v kontexte predvolebnej kampane. NCC poskytlo v rámci projektu aj prístup k výpočtovým prostriedkom na testovanie riešení a tiež individuálne zaškolenie tak, aby organizácia MEMO98 vedela v budúcnosti s týmto riešením samostatne pracovať.

Predbežné výsledky a závery monitoringu MEMO98 zverejňuje na svojej webstránke [2].

References


[1] Bastian M., Heymann S., Jacomy M. (2009). Gephi: an open source software for exploring and manipulating networks. International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media.

[2] Network mapping, Moldova Early Parliamentary Elections July 2021, Monitoring of Social Media – Preliminary Findings. Available here:

https://memo98.sk/article/moldovan-social-media-reflected-a-division-in-society

https://memo98.sk/uploads/content_galleries/source/memo/moldova/2021/preliminary-findings-on-the-monitoring-of-parliamentary-elections-2021-on-social-media.pdf


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The International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science (February 11) seeks to promote equal opportunities for women and girls and their participation in science. Today we aim to advocate for creating conditions (working, social, …) that would allow women to pursue a career in science, particularly in STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).

To mark the occasion we asked Dr. Céline Merletan outstanding young scientist, to tell us more about her inspiration and career path. Dr. Merlet works as a CNRS researcher in the CIRIMAT laboratory at Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier working on developing multi-scale models to describe energy storage materials. She received the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC1 in 2021 for her outstanding impact on HPC in Europe. Not only has Dr Merlet decisively advanced the investigation of supercapacitors with numerous innovations; she is also active in “Femmes & Sciences" an association that promotes women in science and technology.

  • When / How did you know that you wanted to be a scientist?
    When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a vet. I started the studies to become one but realised that I was more attracted by other areas of science: chemistry and computer science. So I changed field by joining a chemistry engineering school in Paris (Chimie ParisTech).
  • Who or what inspired you to pursue studies in the STEM areas?
    During my three years at the chemistry engineering school, we had the opportunity to conduct research projects in labs. I spent three weeks in the group of Prof. Mathieu Salanne at Sorbonne Université and realised that molecular simulations is what I wanted to do. I was simulating molten salts for applications in the energy field (salts like NaCl, i.e. kitchen table salt, liquid at high temperatures). Using computer science to study phenomena relevant for understanding and improving materials / devices was so enjoyable that I decided to continue in that direction.
  • Did your family, friends and teachers support you in your decision to study STEM subjects?
    My family was very supportive and I have the feeling this would have been the case for any topic. My parents wanted us to be able to do what we like. My teachers were also supportive. I was a bit worried when changing from biology to chemistry as I had imagined myself for a long time as a vet, so the discussions with my teachers really helped at this point.
  • What is the subject of your research in present? (very briefly, perhaps with an image?)
    My research focuses mainly on solid-liquid interfaces in electrochemical systems, usually for energy storage systems such as batteries (used in laptops, smartphones, etc...) and supercapacitors (high power devices used in start-stop systems and for regenerative energy braking among other applications). I use computer simulations to study phenomena happening at the molecular scales in pores of nanometer size, i.e. holes of around a billionth of a meter. The joined image, extracted from a computer simulation, illustrates solvent molecules and ions (charged molecules), in green/blue/red in these pores of the porous carbon materials, in black.
  • What would be your message to girls, who would like to pursue their interest in STEM subjects, but hesitate to enter a field, where women are significantly underrepresented? (or something along this line…)
    If women are underrepresented in some STEM subjects, this is unfortunately due to societal bias but not at all to competence or skills. Everyone should be able to do what they like without worrying about gender considerations.
Dr. Céline Merlet
Photo by: Françoise Viala (IPBS-Toulouse/CNRS-UT3)
Source: Dr. Merlet

1 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award  is annually awarded by  PRACE  to a female scientist who makes an outstanding contribution to and impact on HPC in Europe and the world, and serves as a role model for women who are at the start of their scientific careers. The award is named after the Countess of Lovelace, a British mathematician who lived in the 19th century and among else worked with Charles Babbage on the Machine they called the Analytical Engine – one of the first precursors of computers. Many historians regard Ada Lovelace’s contribution to this mechanical calculator as the very first algorithm – and herself as the first person to be rightly called a programmer.

QMC Hands-on Summer Workshop 29 Jun - The QMC Hands-on Summer Workshop was held in Slovakia on June 20-23, 2022. Workshop was organised by TREX project, National Competence Centre for HPC (NCC for HPC), Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS) and the Institute of Physics SAS.
Slovakia will have a new supercomputer this year 21 Jun - Centre of Operations of the SAS has signed a contract with a supplier of a new high-performance computing system, which should be put into operation later this year. The investment in the purchase of the Devana supercomputer with an estimated output of 800 TFlops is financed from the Operational Programme Integrated Infrastructure (OPII).
Twinning SK-CZ: Engineering applications 31 May - On 12-13. May 2022, we organized a twinning workshop at the Congress Center SAS Academia in Stará Lesná with the Czech National Competence Center for HPC, which operates within IT4I in Ostrava. The workshop focused on engineering applications and advanced modeling of, for example, complex fluid dynamics, turbulence, heat transfer, acoustics, mechanics etc.
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Technológie a ich vplyv na vývoj počítačov – od sériových jednoprocesorových po súčasné superpočítače

Technológie a ich vplyv na vývoj počítačov – od sériových jednoprocesorových po súčasné superpočítače

1.10.2021

MARTIN ŠPERKA

Computer museum, Centre of Operations SAS

Prezentácia stručne sumarizuje hlavné etapy urýchľovania výpočtov vplyvom vývoja technológií. Od elektrónky po systémy s desiatkami mikroprocesorov na čipe s nanometrovými spínacími prvkami umožňujúcimi implementáciu super-počítačov s masívne paralelnými architektúrami.

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Call H2020-JTI-EuroHPC-2020-03 - Training and Education on High Performance Computing

Call H2020-JTI-EuroHPC-2020-03 - Training and Education on High Performance Computing

Central objective of this call will be to develop and implement the pilot(s) of the European Master of Science (MSc) programme(s) for High Performance Computing (HPC). The graduate education programme(s) will focus HPC and HPC-usage. They will demonstrate the added value of a pan-European education programme, committed to academic excellence, that offers students an outstanding career perspective in international companies and research institutes.

The call aims at creating one or more pan-European pilots for the development of a modern HPC-centred education programme to reach scientific and industrial target groups and to serve key actors in the private and public sector.

Proposal requirements:

Proposals under this action should detail a pilot programme that aims to develop a quality-controlled educational master programme for HPC and industrial applications in HPC of pan-European reach.

Consortium requirements:

The consortium should demonstrate a good mix of excellence in education, research and in HPC technologies and applications, with solid links to the HPC supply and user industry in Europe. Moreover, the participating institutions should demonstrate complementary and well-justified roles in the programme with an outstanding track record in their respective field. The consortium should support inclusivity in Europe and help in creating a level-playing field across Europe, and in particular for those countries currently developing their HPC infrastructure and ecosystem.

As consortium partners following types of institutions are eligible:

  • Higher education institutions (HEI) that are able to deliver a curriculum equivalent to 120 ECTS credits and award a master degree diploma (coordinator and main partners)
  • Supercomputing centers
  • Research institutions focused on HPC
  • Other entities eligible for participation in H2020, including private and for-profit companies, are eligible to participate in the action in exceptional and well-justified cases.

The estimate budget for this action is 7 mil. EUR. The funding rate for eligible costs in grants awarded by the JU for this topic will be 100% of the eligible costs.

The call is open until July 1st, 2021. More information can be found HERE.  .

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EUHUBS4DATA (EUH4D)

EUHUBS4DATA (EUH4D)

Most of Europe’s SMEs lag behind in data-driven innovation. To tackle this problem, the EU-funded EUHubs4Data project will build a European federation of Data Innovation Hubs based on existing key players in this area and connecting with data incubators and platforms, SME networks, AI communities, skills and training organisations and open data repositories.

A European catalogue of data sources and federated data-driven services and solutions will be made accessible to European SMEs, start-ups and web entrepreneurs through the Data Innovation Hubs.

Based on the premise “global catalogue, local offer”, EUHubs4Data will ensure access to SMEs (including start-ups) in their respective regional ecosystems to a global catalogue of data sources and federated data driven services, making accessible the latest developments on Data Analytics and advanced assets on Big Data to companies all across Europe.

EUHubs4Data is financing experiments that make use of its federated catalogue of data driven services and datasets to develop innovative solutions and products close to the market. The experiments are expected to have a maximum duration of 9 months, and to reach specific KPIs and deliver results as it is described in the application form.

You can get support for your project within the second Open call for proposals .

A selected experiment will be funded with 60k Euros (flat rate). DIHs whose services are included in the experiment will provide technical support for the beneficiaries in the use of the federated services and access to datasets.

The deadline for applications is February 1st, 2022. You can find more information on the EUH4D website.

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PRACE 23rd Call for Proposals for Project Access

PRACE 23rd Call for Proposals for Project Access
  • Type of Access: Project Access
  • Opening Date: 23/03/2021 @ 15:33
  • Closing Date: 27/04/2021 @ 10:00 Brussels Time
  • Applicants’ reply to scientific reviews: Mid-July 2021
  • Communication of allocation decision: End of September 2021
  • Allocation period for awarded proposals: 01/10/2021 – 30/09/2022
  • Type of Access (*): Single-year Project Access and Multi-year Project Access

(*) All proposals consist of 2 parts: An online form and the ‘Project scope and plan’. Please note that if you wish to continue work on a project that has finished or is ongoing, a new proposal (i.e. a continuation proposal) needs to be submitted via the platform in addition to a final/progress report.

Industry Access: Call 23 offers Principal Investigators from industry the possibility to apply for Single-year access to a special Industry Track which prioritises 10% of the total resources available.

The computer systems (called Tier-0 systems) and their operations that are accessible through PRACE are provided for this 23rd call by 5 PRACE hosting members: BSC representing Spain, CINECA representing Italy, ETH Zurich/CSCS representing Switzerland, GCS representing Germany and GENCI representing France.

Scientists and researchers can apply for access to PRACE resources. Industrial users can apply if they have their head offices or substantial R&D activity in Europe.

Proposals can be based on a 12-months schedule (Single-year Projects), or, on a 24- or 36-months schedule (Multi-year Projects). The allocation of awarded resources is made 1 year at a time with provisional allocations awarded for the 2nd and 3rd year.

You can find more information and submit your application HERE.  .

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FF4EUROHPC

FF4EUROHPC

Supercomputing is starting to play a key role in different sectors and industries enabling industrial sectors to become more innovative, productive and shift business to a higher level.

Which benefits will you gain as an SME or mid-cap when using HPC in business?

The possibilities resulting from HPC use start with a more precise design of complex work pieces, continue with speeding-up the time-to-market, and conclude with the cost-saving of materials and time savings which could be spent for further R&D. HPC is becoming more accessible than ever before – scientists, researchers and engineers can run HPC workloads on on-premise infrastructure or can use resources from public cloud service providers.

FF4EuroHPC is a European initiative that helps facilitate access to all high-performance computing-related technologies for SMEs and thus increases the innovation potential of European industry. Whether it is running high-resolution simulations, doing large-scale data analyses, or incorporating AI applications into SMEs´ workflows, FF4EuroHPC connects business with cutting-edge technologies.

We expect to open the second Open Call in June 2021 and close it by End of September. Detailed information for the second call will be published HERE.  . Proposals will address business challenges from European SMEs from varied application domains.

Call for proposals targets the highest quality experiments involving innovative, agile SMEs and with work plans built around innovation targets arising from the use of advanced HPC services. Proposals are sought that address business challenges from European SMEs from varied application domains, but preference being given to engineering and manufacturing, or sectors able to demonstrate fast economic growth or particular economic impact for Europe.

  • Submission deadline: September 29th, 2021, 17:00 Brussels local time
  • Expected duration of experiments: maximum 15 months with expected commencement 1st March 2022
  • Maximum funding request per proposal: € 200,000 (covering all participants)

In the Fortissimo and Fortissimo 2 projects (which ran from 2013 to 2018), 92 SMEs from different European countries and sectors participated in application experiments that demonstrated the benefits of HPC cloud-based advanced modelling, simulation and data analytics. Have a look at success stories and get inspired HERE.  .

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SHAPE TWELFTH CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

SHAPE TWELFTH CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The Twelfth Call for Applications to SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe) invites applications from European SMEs with an interesting idea that would benefit from High Performance Computing for increasing their competitiveness. SHAPE aims to work with selected SMEs to introduce HPC-based tools and techniques into their business, operational, or production environment. The selected solutions should bring a potential tangible Return on Investment to the SME’s business.

The SME applies to the programme via the online or downloadable form (links below) – at this stage assistance is available from PRACE if required, but the form also includes guidelines on the expected content. The applications are then reviewed and rated, based principally on the strength of the business case and technical feasibility of the proposed work.

The successful SMEs can then receive machine time on a PRACE system, and most importantly effort from a PRACE expert to work alongside the SME in evaluating and/or developing the HPC-based solution. In return the SME provides in-kind effort, publicity of their participation in SHAPE, and together with the PRACE expert, produces a public white paper on the work achieved in the project at its conclusion.

The Twelfth Call for Applications to SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe) invites applications from European SMEs with an interesting idea that would benefit from High Performance Computing for increasing their competitiveness.

SHAPE aims to work with selected SMEs to introduce HPC-based tools and techniques into their business, operational, or production environment. The selected solutions should bring a potential tangible Return on Investment to the SME’s business.

The SHAPE process is as follows: The SME applies to the programme via the online or downloadable form (links below) – at this stage assistance is available from PRACE if required, but the form also includes guidelines on the expected content. The applications are then reviewed and rated, based principally on the strength of the business case and technical feasibility of the proposed work. The successful SMEs can then receive machine time on a PRACE system, and most importantly effort from a PRACE expert to work alongside the SME in evaluating and/or developing the HPC-based solution. In return the SME provides in-kind effort, publicity of their participation in SHAPE, and together with the PRACE expert, produces a public white paper on the work achieved in the project at its conclusion.

PRACE experts will work with the selected SMEs in order to develop their solutions, providing the participating SMEs with knowledge that will allow them to make an informed decision on the selected HPC solution.

Since its inception in 2013, SHAPE has enabled over 60 SMEs located throughout Europe, working in many fields (including computational fluids dynamics, steel casting, medicine, genomics, environment and renewable energies, artificial intelligence), to demonstrate the concrete benefits of using HPC for improving their competitiveness. Via participation in SHAPE, jobs have been created, costs reduced, contracts won and new and innovative services have been offered.

The Twelfth Call for Applications to SHAPE opens on Thursday 1 October 2020 with a closing date of Tuesday 1 December 2020..

For more information on this Programme, please visit the SHAPE or contact Wahid Rofagha (Industry Liaison Officer) at: W.Rofagha@staff.prace-ri.eu.

Please submit your SHAPE application, by sending your completed SHAPE 12th Call – Application Form via email to form-application@prace-ri.eu.

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Services of the POP CoE

Services of the POP CoE

The Performance Optimisation and Productivity Centre of Excellence in HPC provides performance optimisation and productivity services for (your?) academic AND industrial code(s) in all domains!

The idea that drives the POP CoE (Performance Optimisation and Productivity Centre of Excellence in HPC) is a simple one: to boost productivity of EU research and industry by providing free of charge services that help improve performance of high performance computing (HPC) and parallel software. The aim of POP is to offer our world-class HPC competence to organisations that want to understand software performance issues and to adopt parallel programming best practice.

Main services of the POP CoE are: Performance Audits, Improvement Plans, Proof-of-Concept demos, and Training.

  • Performance Audits are an initial analysis measuring a range of performance metrics to assess quality of performance and identify the issues affecting performance.
  • Improvement Plans undertake further performance evaluations to qualify and quantify solutions and estimate potential improvements.
  • Proof of Concept work uses extracted application kernels to demonstrate actual benefits from tuning and optimisation.
  • Training offers events and materials covering parallel profiling tools, programming models and parallelisation approaches.

Services are free of charge to organisations, SMEs, ISVs, companies in the EU!

 Services of POP CoE are provided for:

  • Code developers. (Assessment of detailed actual behavior, suggestion of most productive directions to refactor code…)
  • Users. (Assessment of achieved performance in specific production conditions, possible improvements modifying environment setup, evidence to interact with code provider...)
  • Infrastructure operators. (Assessment of achieved performance in production conditions, possible improvements from modifying environment setup, information for time computer time allocation processes, training of support staff...)
  • Vendors. (Benchmarking, customer support, system dimensioning/design...)
QMC Hands-on Summer Workshop 29 Jun - The QMC Hands-on Summer Workshop was held in Slovakia on June 20-23, 2022. Workshop was organised by TREX project, National Competence Centre for HPC (NCC for HPC), Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS) and the Institute of Physics SAS.
Slovakia will have a new supercomputer this year 21 Jun - Centre of Operations of the SAS has signed a contract with a supplier of a new high-performance computing system, which should be put into operation later this year. The investment in the purchase of the Devana supercomputer with an estimated output of 800 TFlops is financed from the Operational Programme Integrated Infrastructure (OPII).
Twinning SK-CZ: Engineering applications 31 May - On 12-13. May 2022, we organized a twinning workshop at the Congress Center SAS Academia in Stará Lesná with the Czech National Competence Center for HPC, which operates within IT4I in Ostrava. The workshop focused on engineering applications and advanced modeling of, for example, complex fluid dynamics, turbulence, heat transfer, acoustics, mechanics etc.