Slovakia to invest 3,2 million euro in HPC Competence Centre

11 Feb 2020 Bratislava -

HPC Lab will support Slovak companies and scientists

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investment and Informatics announced a call for the national project “National Competence Centre for High-Performance Computing” operated by the the Centre of Joint Activities of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS). The project focuses on the purchase of HPC technology and its use for scientists and entrepreneurs in the competence Centre itself.

Typical uses of HPC technology include engineering simulation, material research, drug design, or weather forecasting.

The aim of the national project is to build an HPC infrastructure within the emerging National Competence Centre for HPC. This will provide high-performance computing hardware and software tools designed for high-performance computing. This will create a unique space in Slovakia, the HPC Lab, in which a team of experts will serve and educate users and IT specialists from the ranks of small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as public administration organizations and academia.

The HPC Lab itself should be a trigger to support HPC technology in Slovak companies, with the development of new products using HPC and use it in optimizing solutions and streamlining operational strategies. The Centre of Joint Activities of the SAS invests in the project many years of experience with the operation of HPC and human capital in the form of its expertise.

The European Commission also considers high-performance counting (HPC) as a key technology that promotes innovation in industry, basic and applied research. This resulted in the creation of a joint European Joint Undertaking for HPC (EuroHPC JU) by the Europan Union and many countries. Slovakia joined in 2019. The use of HPC technology in Slovakia is also described in the Action Plan for Digital Transformation of Slovakia for 2019-2022.

The national project "National Competence Centre for High-Performance Computing" has a duration of 24 months within the specific objective of increasing innovation capacity in particular by SMEs in the digital economy. The project represents a value of EUR 3.199.251.

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Ad Emmen