Lecture series

Supercomputing in science

The National competence centre together with the Computing Centre and the Computer Museum of the Centre of operations, Slovak Academy of Sciences organizes a lecture series for all that might be curious about supercomputing in various fields of science. All invited speakers are experts in their respective fields and will share their knowledge and experience in utilizing the high-performance computing (HPC) tools and techniques, starting September 2021.

Although the individual topics will be presented in an informal fashion and the introduction to each issue will be explained in a clear and simple way, we do not want to just scratch the surface. During the first several lectures we will cover basic computer architecture, operation systems, programming languages, computational methods and mathematics, which will enable us to present the subsequent subjects and issues in more depth.

We aim to introduce application possibilities of HPC in scientific research conducted by academic teams of SAS and Slovak universities, taking into account global advances and development. Even if using a commercial software packages for HPC calculations the knowledge of modeling and simulation methods, operation systems, computer architecture and basic programming skills are essential. Using HPC tools in science is without a doubt a multidisciplinary issue. This lecture series might in a way compensate the lack of such content in the Slovak universities curricula.

If you have a particular topic that you wish to hear about, please, let us know!

Join us for tea or coffee and discussions with invited speakers, which will take place every two weeks.

We are very happy the following guests agreed to join the lecture series and we are looking forward to inspirational presentations and discussions on the topics of technology history and development, parallelization, operation systems, distributed computing, chemical modeling of 2D systems and the weather and climate forecasts.

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  • you can attend the lectures in person in the SAS lecture hall situated within the Patronka campus. Registration is required, since the number of participants is limited. During the lectures, all valid hygienic measures have to be observed. We monitor the pandemic situation closely and may adjust the organization mode of the lectures accordingly.
  • via YouTube online stream.

Lecture series

29 Sep
Current trends and visions in HPC in Slovakia
Lukáš Demovič, Filip Holka
Centre of Operations SAS
In the first part of the lecture you will learn what is a supercomputer and which technologies you can find inside. At the same time, we will show you current trends in building a new generation of supercomputers and how its’ performance and energy efficiency is evaluated. Supercomputer operation and monitoring issues will be covered, as well. The second part of the lecture will focus on the history of supercomputers in Slovakia and our plans for further development and participation in European structures and organizations.
12 Okt
Computer simulations and calculations as an essential tool in science
Pavol Neogrády
Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University
Do you want to learn why is the high-performance computing technology indispensable in science? This lecture will introduce - in a simple way - what types of issues the scientists face when modeling various systems and why is the HPC used to solve them. Simultaneously, we will explain methods and procedures essential in current scientific research.
26 Okt
Development of technology and computer architecture – from 1-processor serial computers to supercomputers
Martin Šperka
Computer museum, Centre of Operations SAS
The presentation will summarize the main stages of accelerating computations due to the technology and architecture development from vacuum tube computers with serial ALUs (arithmetic-logical unit) to massively parallel architectures containing millions of processing units enabled by system-on-chip (SOC) technology with billions of transistors.