THE NCC ESTONIA IS CELEBRATING ITS FIRST BIRTHDAY
The HPC Competence Centre of Estonia was established within the scope of the EuroCC project exactly one year ago – on September 1, 2020. Our first year of operation has been full of intensive work, exciting challenges and interesting meetings. We have just completed our annual report, which summarizes the activities and achievements that have taken place during the last year. We are pleased to confirm that the activities of NCC Estonia have proceeded according to initial plan. Most of the key perfomance indicators are fulfilled or even exceeded.
We would also like to congratulate the CASTIEL team, as they are also celebrating its first year of operation. Some essential deliverables of the CASTIEL and EuroCC projects are now available for public.
FF4EuroHPC TO LAUNCH THE SECOND OPEN CALL FOR HPC EXPERIMENTS
FF4EuroHPC is a European initiative that helps facilitate access to HPC related technologies for SMEs. Within the FF4EuroHPC project, European SMEs can develop unique products, innovative business opportunities and become more competitive by using European high-end HPC services. 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.
Two open calls will be offered through the project. The second call for proposals targets highest quality experiments involving innovative, agile SMEs and putting forward work plans built around innovation targets arising from the use of advanced HPC services. Priority will be given to consortia centred on SMEs that are new to the use of advanced HPC services.
Key call details
Submission Deadline: 29th September 2021, at 17:00 Brussels local time.
Expected duration of experiments: maximum 15 months with expected commencement 1st March 2022.
Funding for Call-2: The indicative total funding budget is € 5 M.
Maximum funding request per proposal: € 200,000 (covering all participants).
Find out all the details about the open call and application process: https://www.ff4eurohpc.eu/en/open-calls/open-call/
WORKSHOP ON SARS-COV2 DATA ANALYSIS and monitoring WITH GALAXY
The goal of this upcoming workshop is to build capacity in SARS-CoV-2 data analysis and data management, including data submission to ENA. After the workshop, all participants will be able to upload viral sequencing data, call all variants, create a variety of reports and create consensus alignments.
It will be a 4-day event introducing scalable and reproducible SARS-CoV-2 data analysis with Galaxy. The sessions will be pre-recorded and provided in advance. During the workshop, there will be live support in chat and live Q&A sessions, in which experts will answer questions.
PRACE AUTUMN SCHOOL 2021:
HARNESSING the EuroHPC Flagship supercomputers
The PRACE Autumn School 2021 will bring together undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in different disciplines of scientific computing.
The course consists of lectures and hands-on training on modern, GPU-accelerated high-performance computing: GPU programming and GPU code optimization at scale, as well as understanding and applying machine learning methods. The course includes also scientific case studies about using GPUs in various disciplines. The tutors and lecturers are experts in these fields providing various interesting aspects in the course topics.
The five days of school, organised by CSC – IT Center for Science, are filled with hacking, leisure activities and having good time together in Vuokatti, Finland. Also, the Autumn School includes a visit to the CSC’s Data Center in Kajaani, the home of one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world: LUMI. It is a unique opportunity for the participants to familiarize themselves with the cutting-edge data infrastructure in the field of HPC.
Data Science Seminar:
High-Performance Computing: Big Is Beautiful
High-Performance Computing (HPC) is the application of “supercomputers” to computational problems that are either too large for standard computers or would take too long to solve. HPC is a pervasive tool for both academia and industry. “Today, to Out-Compute is to Out-Compete” best describes the role of HPC.
A recent seminar brought together HPC users, administrators and visionaries. Researchers talked about their experiences with using HPC in their daily work. The administrator of Tartu HPC center introduced the backstage of managing large amounts of data. Finally, we took a closer look at the new supercomputer LUMI, which will launch in 2021, to take computing performance to a new unprecedented level.
Galaxy-ELIXIR webinars series:
Galaxy is supported by a large and active community distributed across the globe, which leads to rapid developments in every release. However, many of this features remain unknown by most of the users.
With this series of four webinars chaired by Hans-Rudolf Hotz, the global Galaxy community will present such advanced features, touching upon workflows, data processing and management, interoperability and interactive tools, among others.
The webinar series takes place between 3 and 24 March 2021.
A new supercomputer LUMI starts operating in summer 2021
A new supercomputer LUMI (Large Unified Modern Infrastructure) is being built in Finland. It is expected to open for users from July 2021.
At the time of installation, LUMI will be one of the world’s fastest computer systems. LUMI’s performance will be more than tenfold compared to one of Europe’s fastest supercomputer today (Piz Daint, Switzerland). LUMI will also be one of the world’s leading platforms for artificial intelligence.
LUMI will be capable of executing 375 petaflops, or more than 375 million billion calculations per second. Theoretically, it’s maximum performance will be more than 550 petaflops per second, equalling that of 1.5 million laptops.
LUMI will be located at CSC’s (IT Center for Science) data center in Kajaani town. LUMI is using 100% hydropowered energy. The waste heat of LUMI will produce 20 percent of the district heat of the area.
The supercomputer will be hosted by the LUMI consortium including ten European countries: Finland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland.
As a member of the consortium, Estonia can use 2% of LUMI’s supercomputer resources. This opens up unprecedented technological opportunities for Estonian HPC users.
estonia has Joined the eurocc project
Estonia is participating in the EuroCC project, that brings together the necessary expertise to set up a network of more than 30 National Competence Centres (NCCs) in HPC across Europe.
The NCCs will coordinate activities in all HPC-related fields at the national level and serve as a contact point for customers from industry, science, HPC experts, and the general public alike.
The EuroCC project aims to elevate the participating countries to a common high level in the fields of HPC, High Performance Data Analytics (HPDA) and artificial intelligence. Ultimately, the goal is to promote the use of HPC in Europe and to increase the competences of its users.
The EuroCC activities are coordinated by the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS). The EuroCC project is funded 50 percent through H2020 (EuroHPC Joint Undertaking) and 50 percent through national funding programs within the partner countries.