Transforming Engineering with Artificial Intelligence and High-Performance Computing

In today’s rapidly evolving research and engineering landscape, the convergence of artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing (HPC) has become a transformative force. The synergy of AI and HPC is reshaping industries such as manufacturing, automotive, energy, aerospace, and climate research. From designing smarter vehicles to enabling sustainable energy sources and improving aerospace precision, AI and HPC are making engineering smarter, safer, and more sustainable. In this blog post, we will provide some insight on applications of AI and HPC in some engineering sectors including our own EXCELLERAT approaches.

HPC for Industry: an overview of the European landscape

Industry holds a vital position within the economic framework of the European Union, contributing significantly to its prosperity and progress. The following blog article provides an overview of the pivotal role of HPC in enhancing the competitiveness of industry, especially SMEs, across sectors.

EXCELLERAT Partners at SC23: Nominations, Collaborations, and Cutting-Edge HPC

From November 12 to 17, 2023, the high-performance computing (HPC) world converged at the International Conference for High-Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis – SC23 and EXCELLERAT was no exception. With a record over 14,000 attendees and 438 exhibitors, SC23 lived up to its reputation as the premier event for scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, and developers in the HPC community.
While EXCELLERAT didn’t have a physical booth of its own, its activities were well-represented by project partners: BSC, HLRS, and SiPearl were exhibitors, and KTH was involved in the technical programme.

EXCELLERAT CoE presented at the Day of the Slovenian Supercomputer Network

On Thursday, November 16, 2023, the “Day of the Slovenian Supercomputer Network” was organized by the National Competence Center SLING in Ljubljana, Slovenia. One of the biggest HPC events in Slovenia gathered visitors from the entire HPC value chain.

The varied program included presentations on the activities of the National Competence Center (NCC) and Centers of Excellence (CoEs). Furthermore, examples of the effective use of powerful supercomputers in industry and academia were presented by research institutions and companies, and the possibilities of accessing HPC infrastructure were explained.

EXCELLERAT P2 at SOR23

EXCELLERAT P2 was successfully represented at the 17th International Symposium on Operations Research in Slovenia – SOR’23, held in Bled, Slovenia, September 20-22, 2023.

HPC for industry: driving innovation in Manufacturing

High-performance computing (HPC) enables companies operating in any industrial sector to become more innovative, more productive and maintain a competitive edge. But above all, with the help of cutting-edge technologies such as cloud supercomputing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data analysis, companies can develop products and services with a higher added value. Moreover, HPC paves the way to novel industrial applications. Embracing HPC in industry to fulfil the demands for processing highly complex tasks and large volumes of data in real-time could result in significant business benefits such as reducing costs for product or service development, considerable human resources costs savings, speed up the development process and decrease time to market. Furthermore, supercomputers can process vast amounts of data in a short amount of time, allowing companies to analyse large datasets and make better-informed decisions quickly.

An analogy to understand supercomputers

This blog article aims to explain how supercomputers work in a comprehensive way, using the analogy of a town. A supercomputer can be seen as an entire town of business offices available for any computation contract. Read the article, which also includes an expert’s corner with an application to a real computer.

Studying the geography of a software

Have you ever tried walking in a city you’re completely new to, without having any idea where you are or how it’s organized? Would it have been easier and taken less time and effort if you had a map in the first place? Then you could have memorized the general scheme of the city, how different parts of the town are linked with each other, and you could have focused on the parts of interest to you. The idea in software geography is the same: being a new developer to a software, you could either spend months reading it linearly before figuring out how certain blocks are linked together, and finally start building a mental map of it over years – or you could start with a map.

EXCELLERAT begins its second funding phase

After a short break, EXCELLERAT P2 has begun in January 2023, along with nine other European Centres of Excellence that will develop and adapt HPC applications for the exascale and post-exascale era.