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, RDA.bg, OpenAir.bg, 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.

The program is available at: https://events.ni4os.eu/event/30/.

The registration can be done at the following link: https://events.ni4os.eu/event/30/registrations/33/

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.

You can see the schedule here.

More information at http://ngic.bg/

Registration link: here.

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 ( http://ict.acad.bg/), SU coordinates the Centre of Excellence „Universities of Science, Informatics and Technology in the e-Society” (https://unite-bg.eu/en), and UNWE coordinates the Centre of Competence “Digitalization of economy in the presence of Big Data” (http://bigdatacc.bg/). 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.

Invitation to participate at the NI4OS training, 22 July 2020

This training is a part of a series of national capacity building training events in the domain of Open Science organized by the NI4OS-Europe project (https://ni4os.eu/). The main goal of this training is to give an opportunity to the trainees to gain knowledge and skills  about different OS aspects relevant to EOSC  such as service management, FAIR principles, certification and open research data management (ORDM). The target group includes national service providers, e-Infrastructure experts, repository management, libraries, academia and research communities as well as representative from industry and SMEs. The training will be online using the NI4OS training platform. Please, note that you have to register in order to participate in the training.

You can find more information (including the registration page and the training agenda) on the page: https://events.ni4os.eu/event/10/

The new ranking of the most powerful supercomputers

The new ranking of the most powerful supercomputers in the world was published on June 22 (https://top500.org/lists/top500/2020/06/). The first place is taken by the Japanese supercomputer Fugaku, located at the Riken Center for Computational Science in Japan. Fugaku has 7,299,072 processor cores and performs 415.5 quadrillion operations per second. Top 3 is complemented by the second-ranked supercomputer Summit, located in the United States, which has 2,414,592 processor cores, operations per second are 148.8 quadrillion. In third place is Sierra, also a US-based supercomputer, with estimates of up to 94.6 quadrillion operations per second. The list of the 10 most powerful supercomputers includes 5 supercomputers from the USA, 2 from China, 1 from Italy and 1 from Switzerland.

In the first place for the most energy efficient system of Green500 is ranked MN-3, based on a new server. He set a record of 21.1 gigaflops per watt while performing 1.62 petaflops. The system derives its superior energy efficiency from the MN-Core chip, an accelerator optimized for matrix arithmetic. It is ranked number 395 in the TOP500 list. More information on the various rankings can be found here.

More information: here.
You can read more about the Riken project and the Fugaku supercomputer here.

Our colleague Prof. Emanouil Atanassov was awarded with the annual scientific award in Bulgaria in the category “Supercomputing applications and Big Data analysis”

On the holiday of education and culture in Bulgaria on May 24, the awards for significant contribution to the field of science “Pythagoras” were presented. The official ceremony was broadcast on the Bulgarian National Television (BNT1). For the 12th time, the Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria presents awards to scientists, research teams and organizations for achievements in the field of science and technology, determined by an authoritative jury composed of previous winners of the award. Guests of the ceremony are Ms. Maria Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and Mr. Krassimir Valchev, Minister of Education and Science in Bulgaria.

Our colleague, Prof. Emanouil Atanassov, the head of the Department of HPC systems, networks and algorithms at IICT-BAS, was awarded “Pythagoras” in the category “Supercomputing applications and Big Data analysis”. This is his second scientific award. In 2004 he received a “John Atanassoff” honorary diploma from the President of Bulgaria for outstanding contribution in the field of information technology.