A Prototype Supercomputer Is Launched at the University of Maribor
At the end of November 2019, a prototype supercomputer was launched at the University of Maribor. It was created under the project called Modernization of the National Research Infrastructure – HPC RIVR (in Slovene: Nadgradnja nacionalnih raziskovalnih infrastruktur – HPC RIVR) with the aim of developing and testing the system and software solutions for the basic block. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Marjan Šarec, Minister of Economic Development and Technology Zdravko Počivalšek and State Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports Dr Jernej Štromajer.
The HPC RIVR @ UM housed in a special container for supercomputers at the University of Maribor is an updated version of the existing HPC CORE @ UM created in 2013.
This project makes an important contribution to achieving the goals of the EuroHPC Joint Declaration on Cooperation, within which Slovenia, as a signatory state, has committed to create an integrated and affordable high-performance computing infrastructure. The project is funded by the European Union at the expense of the European Regional Development Fund (80%) and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports (20%) as part of the Operational Programme for the Implementation of the European Cohesion Policy for 2014–2020. The total funding amount is 20 million euros.
The applicant and coordinator of the HPC RIVR project is the University of Maribor. The group partners are the Institute of Information Sciences and the Faculty of Information Research in Novo Mesto. Besides, a number of agreements were concluded with all public research organisations that are part of the Slovenian National Supercomputer Network – SLING.
As part of the project, the HPC RIVR prototype supercomputer was first created at the University of Maribor designed to develop and test system and software supercomputer solutions that will become the basis for building the primary supercomputer system at the Institute of Information Sciences. It is expected that it will start its operation by the end of 2020.