The largest HPC Center in Slovenia is HPC RIVR whose partners are the University of Maribor, the Institute of Information Sciences (IZUM) and the Faculty of Information Studies in Novo mesto (FIŠ).
FIŠ – HPC Rudolf
“This is a big thing for the eastern region and Maribor, because it brings a number of multiplier effects,” said the head of the project, Vice-Rector for Research Zoran Ren for the Slovenian Press Agency. He believes that strengthening computer capacity will significantly contribute not only to the development of supercomputer profession and research in many scientific fields, but it will also give an acceleration to the economy. “With such a supercomputer system we will contribute, for example, to more precise forecasting of weather phenomena, simulation of social phenomena, optimization of individual products, simulations of basic particle physics, development of crypto technologies, deep learning, artificial intelligence, etc. So far, we have had to perform demanding calculations using supercomputer systems abroad,” he explained.
“At present the most powerful supercomputer in Slovenia has a capacity of around 38 teraFLOP/s and is owned by a private company. In the HPC RIVR project, we will set up a supercomputer capacity of at least 1.5 petaFLOP/s of data capacity of at least 22 PB. Today I would be the 23rd most powerful in Europe and the 90th in the world”.
The value of the HPC RIVR project
In the HPC RIVR project, estimated at 20 million euros, the University of Maribor, the Institute of Information Science (IZUM) and the Faculty of Information Studies in Novo mesto (FIŠ) obtained European and national funds for it. If everything goes according to plans, it will be launched in 2020.
The project HPC RIVR also envisages 30 new employment of development engineers at UM, IZUM and FIŠ.
The new supercomputer system will operate on the principle of open access, and it can be primarily used by researchers at public research institutions, and, to a lesser extent, by external users, for example companies. “Some institutions will permanently lease a certain amount of supercomputers’ capabilities to their needs, as their needs for such facilities are constantly increasing,” said Ren.