Presentation of the HPC center at IICT, 21 September 2021

The HPC center at IICT has been presented by its Director, Prof. Emanouil Atanassov, at the opening of the international Workshop on Numerical and Symbolic Scientific Computing, September 20-23, 2021, Sofia, Bulgaria (, organized by the IICT, IMI, JINR-Dubna, Russia, and UMB. Prof. Atanassov presented the status and perspective of the HPC Centre and outlined his role in the National Centre for HPC and DC (object of the National Roadmap on RIs in Bulgaria) and in the European projects EuroCC and NI4OS-Europe.

Обучение за потребители за достъп и използване на ресурсите на суперкомпютъра Авитохол

На 12 май 2021 година ще се проведе онлайн обучение за достъп и използване на ресурсите на суперкомпютъра Авитохол. Целта на обучението е да бъдат подпомогнати новите потребители (учени, студенти, докторанти), желаещи да ползват изчислителни ресурси на суперкомпютъра Авитохол при реализация на техните активности. Обучението ще се проведе дистанционно, използвайки платформата Zoom, като информацията за мероприятието ще бъде изпратена на посочените имейли на регистрираните участници.

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Towards the realization of national Open Science Cloud ecosystems in the Southeastern Europe (SEE)

A National Open Science Cloud Initiative (NOSCI) is envisaged as a coalition of national organizations that have a prominent role and interest in the Europe Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The main aim of NOSCI will be the promotion of synergies at national level, and the optimization/articulation of their participation to European and global challenges in this field of Open Science, including the EOSC. National initiatives are envisaged to play a prominent role in Member States and Associated Countries and facilitate EOSC governance.

NI4OS-Europe with a commitment to support EOSC governance and a vision to ensure inclusiveness on the European level, has taken the first steps towards the establishment of 15 National Open Science Cloud Initiatives in South East Europe.

NI4OS-Europe recent efforts are focused on the definition of an establishment plan and the kickoff of the NOSCIs. All NI4OS-Europe partners are working intensively towards forming NOSCIs in the area within 2021, aiming at making 2021 a milestone for Open Science in SEE. Activities unfold in two directions: First, NI4OS-Europe produced diverse material to support actively the establishment of the NOSCIs in the SEE. Specifically, Deliverable 2.2 includes a comprehensive guide, the “Blueprint”, which can be further customized by any Member State and Associate Country and can be used as a valuable tool to advance national OSC, support the establishment of different types of national initiatives at different levels of maturity, monitor their progress and facilitate the governance of EOSC. Moreover, two supportive documents of the Blueprint have been produced to facilitate the procedure: “Workflows for setting up a NOSCI – Checklist” and “Indicators for the NOSCIs establishment – Checklist”.

In parallel, NI4OS-Europe is working on building and mobilising OS actors and networks in the region, The main activities include meetings with local stakeholders and national policymakers, information exchange about Open Science Cloud initiatives, policies and Open Science governance in each partner’s country and production of easy-to-ese tools to facilitate the process. Training and support material were also produced to accompany a NOSCIs dedicated webinar for NI4OS-Europe partners.

NOSCIs are living Open Science ecosystems that liaise with the EOSC Governance and are integral parts of the EOSC Association. NOSCIs are especially important because they recognize socio-economic diversity and Open Science maturity of countries, while their modelling can be adjusted per use case scenario. They can be proven exceptionally useful in preparing all national stakeholders for the new phase of the EOSC, where the EOSC Association plays a central role, by spreading awareness and communicating EOSC developments.

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EC funded NI4OS-Europe project contributes to the vision of the European Open Science Cloud, delivering its first integrated resources on its platform

HORIZON2002 NI4OS-Europe project brings scientific communities one step closer to the Open Science Cloud and Open Innovation vision, with the on-boarding of 19 new services to its digital service catalogue. NI4OS-Europe – National Initiatives for Open Science in Europe, is a key contributor to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), an integrated, interoperable digital environment that aims to provide scientific communities with seamless access to e-Infrastructures, services and data, enabling cross-border and interdisciplinary collaboration. The resources provided by the NI4OS-Europe digital service catalogue will be integrated into the EOSC portfolio, enabling millions of scientists around the world to access, store, manage, analyze, share and reuse research data.

NI4OS-Europe partnership consists of 22 organizations from 15 Member States and Associated Countries of the wider South Eastern European region. The project contributes to EOSC via a multi-level approach:

  • It contributes to the EOSC portfolio with computing infrastructure and services, data sets, as well as open data storage and management services;
  • It supports the development and inclusion of national Open Science Cloud initiatives in the 15 Member States and Associated Countries in the EOSC governance,
  • It provides training to instill within the community the EOSC philosophy and FAIR principles for data Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability.

NI4OS-Europe platform lists in total 41 services, which have been tested in terms of their level of readiness for integration into the EOSC, through specialized models. In parallel, dozens of public trainings with various backgrounds and roles have been conducted, as well as consultations and studies for the adoption of Open Science policies. NI4OS-Europe has thus created a strong foundation for the implementation of the EOSC, with benefits for a wide range of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) scientists and professionals.

The NI4OS-Europe project is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 European research infrastructures grant agreement no. 857645


NI4OS National Dissemination Event in Bulgaria, 20 November, 2020

National Initiatives for Open Science in Europe – NI4OS-Europe, aims to be a core contributor to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) service portfolio, commit to EOSC governance and ensure inclusiveness on the European level for enabling global Open Science through supporting the establishment of the National Open Science Initiatives in the participating countries, promoting the FAIR data principles and providing technical and policy support for on-boarding of service providers into EOSC, including generic services (compute, data storage, data management), thematic services, repositories and data sets.

The NI4OS-Europe dissemination event in Bulgaria aims to gather Open Science Cloud stakeholders in Bulgaria. During this event main Open Science initiatives will be presented: EOSC, NI4OS-Europe, Bulgarian Open Science Portal, and National Science Program for ICT,,, and an overview of the Bulgarian activities in this field.

All presentations will be in Bulgarian. Representatives of research institutes and universities, e-Infrastructure and specific service providers, libraries, publishers and other interested parties are expected to attend the event.

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The registration can be done at the following link:

All registered will receive a link with a password to the ZOOM platform to participate in the meeting.

We look forward to your registration and participation!

Organizers: Prof. Aneta Karaivanova and Prof. Todor Gurov, IICT-BAS

Training for users to access and use the resources of the supercomputer “Avitohol”, September 14, 2020

The forthcoming training is intended for members of the teams working on the NPP “Environmental Protection and Reduction of the Risk of Adverse Events and Disasters” and on the scientific infrastructure “National Geoinformation Center “. The purpose of the training is to engage new users (scientists, students, PhD students) wishing to use computing resources of the supercomputer Avitohol in the implementation of their activities. The training will be conducted remotely, using the Zoom platform, and information about the event will be sent to the emails of registered participants.

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The Horizon2020 project EuroCC for building the HPC Competence Centers in 33 European countres was launched on 1 of September 2020

The EuroCC project under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program, was launched on 1 September 2020 with the aim of building a European network of 33 national high performance computing (HPC) centers. Each of the 33 centers, part of the EuroCC network, will act at national level to map existing HPC and related competences, analyze big data and artificial intelligence, identify and address gaps, develop visions, policies and procedures, to enhance collaboration and the application of best practices in Europe. The Competence Centers will concentrate HPC expertise at national level and facilitate access to European HPC opportunities for researchers and public administration, as well as for various industry sectors, by offering individual solutions to a wide range of users.

Bulgaria participates in the EuroCC project through a consortium coordinated by the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies (IICT-BAS) and Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski ”and UNWE as members of the consortium. The three partners of the Bulgarian HPC Competence Centre are the leading organizations for the 3 biggest projects in the priority area: “Informatics and ICT”, funded by the Operational Program “Science and Education for Smart Growth” with duration 2018-2023: IICT coordinates the Center of Excellence in Informatics and ICT (, SU coordinates the Centre of Excellence „Universities of Science, Informatics and Technology in the e-Society” (, and UNWE coordinates the Centre of Competence “Digitalization of economy in the presence of Big Data” ( The participants carry diverse technical and scientific background in the area of HPC and ICT in general, so as to ensure achievement of the project objectives and guarantee the overall success.

The expected status of the Bulgarian NCC after implementing the activities planned in this project, will bring the HPC expertise and services at a new, mature level. The expected new equipment (Petascale HPC systems) will be matched with capable, well organized teams of specialists and will be accessible through easy to use services. Increased awareness in the society in general about the benefits of having these types of hardware and expertise in the Bulgarian NCC will be attained. The best practices, policies and procedures of leading European partners should be adapted and adopted at national level. The HPC has to be established as a popular topic for SMEs.

Through establishing an effective Bulgarian HPC Competence Centre, interconnected with other European HPC Competence Centres, the uptake of HPC by academia, industry and government, will achieve maturity and provide new opportunities for high-level research and development.