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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.

Speakers

  • Ott Oopkaup (UniTartu, High Performance Computing Center):

    "High performance computing: A look into how large-scale data storage and processing is done"

  • Reedik Mägi (UniTartu, Estonian Genome Centre):

    "Computational challenges in genomics: association studies, genetic risk scores and AI"

  • Kaur Alasoo (UniTartu, Institute of Computer Science):

    "Automating the processing of terabyte-scale data with software containers and workflow engines"

  • Velle Toll (UniTartu, Institute of Physics):

    "HPC for weather, climate and Earth system prediction"

  • Pekka Manninen (LUMI supercomputing facility):

    "LUMI: the European flagship supercomputer of the North"

Moderator: Ülar Allas from HPC Center of University of Tartu

You can find the seminar recording here.

Galaxy-ELIXIR webinars series:
Advanced Features

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.