PARTNER SHORT DESCRIPTION
IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center (hereinafter IT4Innovations) is a university research institute of VSB –Technical University of Ostrava. IT4Innovations is a leading research, development, and innovation centre active in the field of high-performance computing (HPC), high-performance data analysis (HPDA), and artificial intelligence (AI) operating the most powerful supercomputing systems in the Czech Republic. In these fields, IT4Innovations provides latest technologies as well as expertise to both Czech and international research teams from academia and industry. At the same time, IT4Innovations plays a role of the national research infrastructure.Together with another two national infrastructures, CESNET and CERIT-SC, IT4Innovations constitutes a unique e-infrastructure of the Czech Republic called e-INFRA CZ, which is listed on the National Roadmap for Large Infrastructures for Research, Experimental Development and Innovations, prepared by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic. Moreover, it is the national node of PRACE (the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe –a Pan-European e-infrastructure), and is a member of EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (building a European exascale supercomputer), ETP4HPC (European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing), DBVA/DAIRO (Big Data Value Association), and EUDAT (Collaborative Data Infrastructure), HiPEAC (High Performance Embedded Architectures and Compilers), and I4MS (ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs). IT4Innovations is also registered by the European Commission as a Digital Innovation Hub in the fields of HPC, artificial intelligence, and advanced data analysis. IT4Innovations provides computational resources, know-how and expertise to academia and industry across the Czech Republic and to the European HPC community as well.At present, IT4Innovations is running three supercomputers: Salomon (2 PFlop/s, installed in the summer of 2015), Barbora (849 TFlop/s, installed in the autumn of 2019), and the specialized NVIDIA DGX-2 system for artificial intelligence computation, (2 PFlop/s in AI, installed in the spring of 2019). Moreover, the brand-new petascale Karolina supercomputer with a theoretical peak performance of 15.2 PFlop/s was installed at the centre in 2021 as part of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking becoming the most powerful supercomputer in the Czech Republic.
Dr. Kateřina Slaninová is Deputy head of Advanced Data Analysis and Simulations Lab at IT4Innovations NationalSupercomputing Center, VSB –Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic. She received a doctoral degree in Informatics from VSB –Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic. Her research interests include machine learning, artificial intelligence, sequence analysis, process mining, information retrieval, dynamic network analysis and complex networks in domains like traffic modelling and monitoring, business process analysis, high-performance data analysis (HPDA) and modelling, etc. Her recent activities also cover cooperation with SMEs in areas such as traffic management, artificial intelligence, time series analysis, etc. She is responsible for the work package Dissemination and Exploitation of Results in H2020 ICT-51 project EVEREST (dEsignenVironmEnt foR Extreme-Scale big data analytics on heterogeneous platforms, https://everest-h2020.eu) and a Quality manager in H2020 ICT-11 project LEXIS (Large-scale EXecution for Industry & Society, https://lexis-project.eu). She was a work package leader of H2020 FETHPC project ANTAREX (AutoTuning and Adaptivity appRoach for Energy efficient eXascale HPC systems, http://specs.fe.up.pt/antarex). She also works within the team of viaRODOS system (http://viarodos.cz/) for monitoring of the Czechia highway network and worked in the Center for the Development of Transportation Systems RODOS.She has published more than 80 papers in international journals and conferences. She is a member of IEEE since 2009 and acts as an observer in Research and innovation advisory group of EuroHPC JU since 2019.
Dr. Jan Martinovič is currently the Head of the Advanced Data Analysis and Simulations Lab at IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center. He has extensive experience leading substantial R&D activities. His research activities are focused on information retrieval, data processing and analysis, experimental orchestration platforms for HPC/Cloud/BigData, and traffic management. His activities also cover the development of HPC-as-a-Service solutions, which enables remote use of HPC infrastructure. He is the coordinator of the ICT-11 projectLEXIS (Large-scale EXecution for Industry & Society, https://lexis-project.eu). He has previous experience with the coordination of different contracted research activities with international and national companies. Currently, he is participating as innovation manager in the ICT-51 project EVEREST (dEsign enVironmEnt foR Extreme-Scale big data analytics on heterogeneous platforms, https://everest-h2020.eu), as a work package leader in the EuroHPC project LIGATE (LIgand Generator and portable drug discovery platform AT Exascale, https://www.ligateproject.eu), and as co-design manager in the EuroHPC project ACROSS (HPC Big Data Artificial Intelligence Cross Stack Platform towards Exascale, https://www.acrossproject.eu). He is also a leading researcher at IT4I for the EuroHPC project IO-SEA (IO Software for Exascale Architecture, https://iosea-project.eu). Previously, he was a leading researcher at IT4I of the two H2020-FETHPC-2014 projects ANTAREX (AutoTuning and Adaptivity appRoach for Energy efficient eXascale HPC systems, http://specs.fe.up.pt/antarex) and ExCAPE (Exascale Compound Activity Prediction). He is also responsible for the research and development team of the FLOREON+ system (http://floreon.eu) -system for disaster management support and viaRODOS system (http://viarodos.cz/) for monitoring of the Czechia highway network. He has published more than 100 papers in international journals and conferences and is HiPEAC member since January 2020.
Dr. Stanislav Böhm is a senior research at IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center. He finished Ph.D. in computer science in 2014. Currently, he is leader of a group focused on distributed systems. He participated in H2020 projects ExCAPE (Exascale Compound Activity Prediction) and ExaQute. He is active developer and and is co-author of several HPC and verification related projects: HyperQueue (HPC meta scheduler), HyperLoom (computational framework), Aislinn (verification of MPI programs), Orco (computational framework), Rain (computational framework), Haydi (combinatorial generator), Kaira (development environment for MPI programs).
Dr. Martin Šurkovský is a researcher at IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Centre. He has received a doctoral degree in computer science in 2020 at VSB -Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic. Martin is an active developer. His research interests include analysis of communication in distributed systems, traffic analysis,analysis of tunnels and channels in protein structures. In H2020 EVEREST project, he is working on a traffic use case, particularly on a distributed traffic simulator.
IT4I provides its expertise in large-scale distributed computing. Concretely, IT4I is responsible for multi-node workload distribution aspects of the EVEREST framework. IT4I’s infrastructure will be used as a testbed during the project duration. IT4I, together with Sygic, provides the use case for city traffic modelling system. IT4I also leads the exploitation activities.