The National Supercomputer Centre was built in Slovakia
On November 18, 2020, the National Supercomputer Centre (NSCC) was built and will cover HPC (High-Performance Computing) activities in Slovakia, including strengthening HPC competencies in close cooperation with the National Competence Centre for HPC, development of HPC infrastructure, project support and investment in HPC.
The National Supercomputer Centre was built as a consortium of the Centre of Operations of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (CSČ SAV), the Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic (MIRRI) and the I4DI association (Innovations for Digital Infrastructure) whose members are Tachyum, Towercom and PosAm companies. During the first two years of the operation of the NSCC, Lukáš Demovič, director of the CSČ SAV, will be the Chairman of the administrative board, and Radoslav Repa, managing director of the section of the MIRRI digital agenda, will become the Vice-Chairman of the board.
The vision of the National Supercomputer Centre project as an association of state institutions and the private sector is, among other things, to build a new supercomputer in Slovakia, which would be at a competitive performance level within Europe and would enable more extensive and efficient use of HPC technologies and utilisation of high-performance data analytics tools, artificial intelligence and machine learning by Slovak users. In cooperation with the National Competence Centre for HPC, the NSCC will participate in increasing competencies in these areas, particularly by providing free consultations and educational activities for small and medium-sized enterprises, industrial companies, public administration entities and, last but not least, academic institutions.
“Through the targeted development of HPC infrastructure and its accessibility, increasing competencies, providing services and, last but not least, supporting national projects, the activities of the NSCC will undoubtedly contribute to improving Slovakia´s competitiveness not only in the area of innovation,” said the Chairman of the NSCC, Lukáš Demovič.
The NSCC will be actively involved in European projects and international grant calls. It is expected that in the future it will represent Slovakia in European projects such as PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) or EuroHPC (European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking).
Text: Halyna Hyryavets, Centre of Operations of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
Foto: Centre of Operations of the SAS