HPC in estonia
What is HPC?
High-Performance Computing is the ability to process massive data and perform complex calculations at high speed to solve large problems in science, engineering and business. A supercomputer is one the best-known types of HPC solutions and enables parallel processing: thousands of computer nodes working together to complete one or more tasks for simulation and calculation; in comparison one should combine thousands of typical computers working together to achieve similar results.
University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology and National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics in collaboration with the Education and Youth Board have established an Estonian Scientific Computing Infrastructure (ETAIS) consortium representing a national HPC infrastructure.
The purpose of the ETAIS is to provide a single entry point for HPC and HPDA resources as well as harmonize environment for the researchers. It is also used for competence pooling across the participating organizations.
HPC CENTRES IN ESTONIA
There are three main HPC service providers in Estonia.
HPC FOR SCIENCE
HPC has become an essential tool for achieving scientific breakthroughs. We provide computing and storage resources for scientific community. Research scientists without programming or systems administration experience can perform computational analyses via our Galaxy platform.
HPC FOR INDUSTRY
Today, HPC usage is widespread in the areas of manufacturing, engineering, automotive, telecom and finance. Estonian HPC competence center aims to provide access to HPC infrastructure. In addition, we provide consultation in HPC, HPDA and AI technologies.
One of the pan-European pre-exascale supercomputers, LUMI (Large Unified Modern Infrastructure), will be located in CSC’s data center in Kajaani, Finland. LUMI will be one of the world’s best known scientific instruments for the lifespan of 2021–2026. The supercomputer will be hosted by the LUMI consortium. The LUMI consortium countries are Finland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland. The NCC Estonia is an active member of the LUMI training series.
International cooperation plays an important role in ETAIS operations and strategy. In addition of belonging to LUMI consortium, ETAIS has close ties to Nordic countries via H2020 EOSC-Nordic project and the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC). ETAIS is also closely collaborating with existing Baltic HPC centres.