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IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center IT4Innovations národní superpočítačové centrum

Contact Data

Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)

IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center, VSB - Technical University of Ostrava

Coordinator website

https://www.it4i.cz/?lang=en

Year Established

2011

Location

17. listopadu 15/2172, 708 33, Ostrava-Poruba (Czech Republic)

Website

https://www.it4i.cz

Social Media

Contact information

Tomáš Karásek Ph.D.
tomas.karasek@vsb.cz
+420597329648

Contact information

Vit Vondrak Ph.D.
vit.vondrak@vsb.cz
+420597329590

Contact information

Tomas Kozubek Ph.D.
tomas.kozubek@vsb.cz
+420597329650

Description

Description

IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center provides state-of-the-art technologies and services in the field of High Performance Computing (HPC) and makes it available for Czech and international research teams from academia and industry. IT4Innovations is the only national large research HPC e-infrastructure operating national Tier-1 systems. It currently operates two supercomputers, Anselm (94TFLOPS Rpeak, installed in summer 2013) and Salomon (2PFLOPS Rpeak, installed in summer 2015).

IT4Innovations is a part of the National Roadmap for Large Infrastructures for Research, Experimental Development and Innovations of the Czech Republic, represents the Czech Republic in the European research infrastructure PRACE (Partnership for Research and Advanced Computing in Europe), and is a member of ETP4HPC (European Technology Platform in the area of High-Performance Computing).

IT4Innovations is also an R&D centre with strong international links. The centre currently participates in dozens of international projects, mostly H2020 with top academic and industrial partners. IT4Innovations is also the only Intel Parallel Computing Centre (IPCC) in the new member states of the European Union (EU13). Its research activities are distributed across 5 laboratories:
•     Advanced data analysis and simulations lab
•     Infrastructure research lab
•     Parallel algorithms research lab
•     Modelling for nanotechnologies lab
•     Big data analysis lab

IT4Innovations národní superpočítačové centrum provozuje nejmodernější technologie a služby v oblasti superpočítání (High Performance Computing), které poskytuje českým a zahraničním vědeckým pracovníkům z akademické sféry a průmyslu. IT4Innovations jako jedna z národních velkých infrastruktur provozuje národní Tier-1 výpočetní systémy. V současné době se jedná o dva superpočítače, Anselm (výkon 94 TFLOPS, instalovaný v roce 2013) a Salomon (výkon 2 PFLOPS, instalovaný v roce 2015).

IT4Innovations je na Cestovní mapě ČR velkých infrastruktur pro výzkum, experimentální vývoj a inovace, je národním uzlem celoevropské e-infrastruktury PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) a členem ETP4HPC (Evropské technologické platformy pro oblast HPC).

IT4Innovations je rovněž výzkumným a vývojovým centrem a jako takové je v současné době zapojeno v desítce mezinárodních projektů financovaných zejména z H2020 fondů. IT4Innovations patří, jako jediné centrum z nových členských států EU (EU13), do skupiny Intel Parallel Computing Center. Výzkumné aktivity IT4Innovations se dělí do 5 výzkumných laboratoří:
•     Laboratoř pro náročné datové analýzy a simulace
•     Laboratoř pro výzkum infrastruktury
•     Laboratoř vývoje paralelních algoritmů
•     Laboratoř modelování pro nanotechnologie
•     Laboratoř pro big data analýzy

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

With its research, know-how and infrastructure the IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center, VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava is taking part in several national or European initiatives:

National Centre for Industry 4.0 https://www.ncp40.eu/partners

Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) http://www.prace-ri.eu/members/

ETP4HPC http://www.etp4hpc.eu/membership.html

EuroHPC https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/czech-republic-signs-european-declaration-high-performance-computing/

EFFRA https://www.effra.eu/members

IT4Innovations plays role of Digital Innovation Hub in several EU funded projects:

H2020 project CloudiFacturing (Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs initiative, I4MS) https://www.cloudifacturing.eu

H2020 project TETRAMAX (Smart Anything Everywhere initiative, SAE) https://www.tetramax.eu

Interreg project InnoHPC http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/innohpc

 

In past IT4Innovations was participating on project SESAME Net https://sesamenet.eu

 

IT4Innovations researchers are active in HiPEAC community https://www.hipeac.net (IT4Innovations organized HiPEAC conference in 2016 in Prague.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Mining and quarrying
  • Construction
  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Public administration and defence
  • Education
  • Health and social work
  • Manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products; publishing and printing
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of transport equipment

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Commercial infrastructure
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Inventory Optimization

The goal of collaboration between IT4Innovations and K2 atmitec s.r.o. company was the design and implementation of automated application of inventory control for optimization and simplification of the decision making process of sales managers. Inventory stock optimization is very required issue by companies in recent years, however inventory models are based on the sales expectation and the problem of optimizing inventory stock is divided into two parts, sales forecast and setting optimal inventory. In our application, the sales forecast can be

determined by four different models applied on several modifications of sales history. The result of the model with the best prediction according to the selected measure of accuracy is used as the input for the inventory control model.

Due to the lack of information needed for the standard inventory control models like Economic Order Quantity model or newsvendor model, proposed approach was based on a fixed time review period model with variable demand which was modified to suits particular case. This modification was verified by the simulation, which imitates behavior of sales manager on the assumption of complete trust in our application. Simulation results were compared with the real historical data of inventory time series. The simulations were parallelized in R language and run in parallel on HPC cluster because of the large number of products used for verification and repeated model estimations.

More details: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-45378-1_21

Virtual Testing

The Invent Medical Group (IMG, http://www.inventmedical.com) is designing and manufacturing cranial orthosis using 3D printing technology. Design of those orthoses is geometrically very complex and it is very difficult to ensure that it has required properties and will work properly. The main goal that has to be met is stiffness of a cranial orthosis that is currently tested on a testing stand developed for this purpose. This physical testing must be done for each new design of orthosis, which makes whole process very expensive and time consuming. IT4Innovations assist IMG within the PRACE SHAPE initiatrive with the project “Numerical Modelling of 3D Printed Cranial Orthoses“. Objective of this project was to replace physical testing of cranial orthosis design by virtual prototyping using numerical modelling and simulation technologies. This project was successfully completed and its outcomes were presented during the PRACEdays2018 in Ljubljana. Presentation of the project outcomes were featured in HPCwire (https://www.hpcwire.com/2018/06/20/european-hpc-summit-week-and-pracedays-2018/  )

More details: https://www.hpcwire.com/2018/06/20/european-hpc-summit-week-and-pracedays-2018/

Numerical modeling and simulation of centrifugal pump

Czech company SIGMA GROUP is a modern, dynamically expanding engineering company, leader of the market in pumping technology in the Czech Republic. Most important parameter of centrifugal pumps is their efficiency, which depends on shape of the stator and rotor blades and geometry of the leading edge. For optimal design of the blades, to obtain highest possible pump efficiency for wide range of operating conditions, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is widely used. Large number of computational demanding simulations is needed to obtain optimal design of the blade. Number of the simulations is closely related to the number of the design variables and usually tens or even hundreds of simulations have to be performed. Time needed for one simulation if several hundred cores could be used varies from 12 to 48 hours depending on the size of the model and number of the cores. In case of common workstation this time could be as long as several weeks. In such case, complex optimization of the pump is unrealistic. IT4Innovations provide infrastructure which allows to run several simulations concurrently, and thus reduce time for optimization to the weeks or even days comparing to months or even years if common workstations with limited computational power would be used.  Another obstacle for fast optimization is availability and affordability of the proper simulation tools. Main objective of the collaboration between SIGMA GROUP and IT4Innovations is to develop toolchain consisting of open source and in-house codes which will fulfil all needs of SIGMA GROUP for design optimization of centrifugal pumps. Developed tools together with HPC infrastructure allows SIGMA GROUP to make the design cycle of their product more effective and decreases its cost.


Virtual Prototyping

Borcad.cz (http://www.borcad.cz) is a company designing and manufacturing passenger seats for railways. To penetrate British market their products has to fulfil very rigid safety criteria including safety certificate which could be obtained only after seat passes physical crash tests. Those crash tests are not only expensive but also time consuming because prototype has to be build and tested. This makes traditional approach trial and error very ineffective. Numerical modelling and simulation of above mentioned crash tests is one of the most practical and widely used solutions. During this collaboration, team of researchers and engineers from BORCAD and IT4Innovations was created. Existing design cycle was modified in such a way that all design and their changes are first virtually tested and only when it passes it will undergo physical crash test at certification laboratory. This collaboration was recognized by HiPEAC as an example of the technology transfer and as such was awarded by HiPEAC Tech Transfer Award in 2016 (https://www.hipeac.net/press/6801/hipeac-tech-transfer-awards-announced/  „Improved passive safety and comfort of passengers in railway traffic“)

More details: https://www.hipeac.net/press/6801/hipeac-tech-transfer-awards-announced/

Organization

Organizational form

(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)

Turnover

>5.000.000

Number of employees

>100

Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope

European

Funding

  • Horizon 2020
  • European Social Fund
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National basic research funding
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources

Partners

TU München

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.tum.de/en/


IMEC

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.imec-int.com/en/home


CINECA CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO

Partner Type

Other

Website

http://www.cineca.it


Inria

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.inria.fr/


FRAUNHOFER

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.fraunhofer.de/en.html


Politecnico di Milano

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.polimi.it/


Invent Medical Group

Partner Type

Start-up company

Website

http://www.inventmedical.com


BORCAD cz s.r.o.

Partner Type

SME

Website

http://www.borcad.cz/


Continental Automotive Czech Republic s.r.o.

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.continental-corporation.com/cs-cz


Doosan Škoda Power s.r.o.

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

http://www.doosanskodapower.com/cz/


Siemens, s.r.o.

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

http://www.siemens.cz


ŠKODA AUTO a.s.

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

http://www.skoda-auto.cz/


Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.bsc.es


HLRS

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.hlrs.de/home/


LRZ

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.lrz.de/


Imperial College London

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/


Charles University

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.cuni.cz/UKEN-1.html


Sygic a.s.

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://www.sygic.com/gps-navigation


K2 atmitec s.r.o.

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://www.k2.cz/en


IXPERTA s.r.o.

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.ixperta.com/en/


DHI

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.dhigroup.com

Technological competences

  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems
Last updated: 23/08/18 07:45