2020 was in the glow of Covid-19 an eventful year for DeiC.
The DeiC activity that has been most affected by the pandemic is without a doubt the video service Zoom.
The version of Zoom, which is offered to universities and institutions, has thus experienced homework up close. In connection with the repatriations in March 2020, there was an explosion in the number of users, and for the whole year, it became more than 15 million meeting hours.
DeiC is looking for an HPC specialist who will help ensure that we reach our goals in relation to the users of HPC in Denmark.
We coordinate the national HPC effort for all universities in Denmark, including participation in the large EuroHPC LUMI project, which is a unique European supercomputer effort. It includes ten countries, which together invest in a very large research computer with the highest level of performance.
Denmark is a member of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe), which gives the right to all Danish researchers and Danish Industry to apply for compute time. However, only companies with their headquarters or their primary research in Europe can apply for computational resources.
On March 1, the national HPC landscape was significantly expanded. DeiC national HPC Type 1 was expanded to include infrastructure at Aalborg University, just as DeiC national HPC Type 3 is now also in operation.
“The target group for Type 1 is researchers who want quick access to large resources. Type 1 is easier to go to than e.g. Type 2, and should also act as a springboard for new users who are not so familiar with HPC. For them, it should just feel like another program on their computer”, says Claudio Pica, head of SDU eScience Center.
The EuroHPC initiative is a joint effort by the European Commission and 31 countries to establish a world-class ecosystem in supercomputing to Europe (read more here). One of its first concrete efforts is to install three flagship supercomputers, each of which being among the top 10 systems in the world.
The 10-country LUMI consortium, consisting of Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland, will collaboratively host one of these systems in Kajaani, Finland.
The procurement process of LUMI (Large Unified Modern Infrastructure) has now been completed and the system vendor has been selected so that the supercomputer can become operational for next year.
LUMI is a unique European supercomputer initiative that includes ten countries, including Denmark, and EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU), which together invest in a very large research computer with a top performance of 552 petaflop / s. Danish Universities are part of LUMI with DeiC as administrator.
The Danish EuroCC project officially began on the 1st of June 2020, and with the virtual kick-off Thursday the 18th of June, we are now truly well under way.
EuroCC is a big EU-project with participation from 34 European countries, that will bring together expertise to set up a network of National Competence Centers in HPC. The project is a part of the big EuroHPC project and the “CC” is the part where each country has to set up a national Competence Centre.
The field of astrophysics is a major consumer of supercomputer time and has a long tradition of using the powerful calculators that extend all the way back to the 1950s and the first computers in the world.
The research area is characterised by very large scales in time and space, which places massive demands on the ability of the IT departments.
The combination of supercomputers and technologies like for instance artificial intelligens is an essential cocktail, that will help to drive science and research activities and thereby strengthen Europe's competitiveness in the future. The European High Perfomance Computing initiative plays a key role in this.