Norwegian EuroHPC Competence CenterSINTEF, NORCE and Sigma2 have joined forces to establish The Norwegian EuroHPC Competence Center. The Competence Center is now ready to raise awareness and provide Norwegian SMEs with the expertise necessary to take advantage of the innovation possibilities created by High-Performance Computing (HPC), thus increasing their competitiveness.
What is the EuroHPC Competence Center?
EuroHPC Joint Undertaking is now facilitating the set-up of National Competence Centers in every partner-state to provide permanent support to Big Industry and SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises) future users. Competence Centers will amongst other activities, support industry users to adopt or increase HPC (high Performance computing) usage.
In Norway, it is Sigma2 who is leading the Norwegian Competence Centre, with SINTEF and NORCE as partners.
Mastering HPC/HPDA in all its dimensions is decisive for European Industry in order to stay competitive in the global market, thus EuroHPC prepares to contribute in several areas:
- Transfer knowledge between research and European Industry
- Develop a co-design approach between technology providers and advanced users
- Take into account inputs from Industry Community, listing the specific needs and requirements
- Support SME´s in changing their applications to run on highly parallel environments
The Norwegian EuroHPC Competence Center partners
NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS is one of Norway's largest independent research institutes. Including NORCE's subsidiaries, the group has 1000 employees. NORCE's main office is in Bergen, besides NORCE has a strong presence in 10 cities all over Norway. The expertise is spread over a wide range of research fields, like technology, energy, climate, environment, social sciences and health. Established in 2017, NORCE is a merge of seven research institutes. The largest stakeholders in NORCE are the University of Bergen, the University of Stavanger, the University of Agder and UiT The Arctic University of Norway. The turnover is NOK 1,4 million.
SINTEF conducts contract R&D as a partner for the private and public sectors offering value creation and competitiveness. SINTEF is a broad, multidisciplinary research organization with international acclaimed expertise in the fields of technology, the natural sciences, medicine and the social sciences. In 2019, our employees, carried out 5700 research projects for 4000 customers making us one of Europe’s largest independent research organizations. Our multidisciplinary approach enables us to create teams with a broad range of expertise. SINTEF is an independent, not-for-profit organization. None of its owners receive any form of dividend. Profits are invested in scientific equipment, knowledge, skills and expertise. Our vision is technology for a better society.
For more than 70 years, SINTEF has developed solutions and innovation for society and customers all over the world.
We have knowledge, skills and specialist expertise within the following areas:
- Renewable energy
- Ocean space
- Building and infrastructure
- Micro, nano and biotechnology
- Climate and the environment
- Oil and gas
- Health and welfare
- Natural sciences
We offer our customers:
- Effective project implementation and sound financial management
- Proactive and effective communication
- The highest HSE standards
- High levels of technical quality and professional integrity
- Professional protection of our customers' intellectual property rights
Laboratory, test facilities modeling:
We offer world-leading laboratory and test facilities in a wide range of technological fields. Our advanced laboratories range from microelectronics and nanoscale technologies, to the world's largest laboratory for the multiphase transport of oil and gas, and the world's largest marine laboratory. In addition, SINTEF is very active in developing numerical models as a research topic, or its adoption into R&D workflows for increased efficiency, productivity and reproducibility.
High scientific quality:
High scientific quality combined with the application of research results is the basis of our operations. In order to add value and innovation to society and our customers, our employees must be at the forefront of international research. Scientific quality and excellence are documented through scientific publications and citations.
Working together with the universities:
The collaboration between SINTEF and the Norwegian universities and colleges is a key component of the Norwegian research system. We also work extensively with other research organizations in Europe. SINTEF has an office in Brussels and is the largest Norwegian participant in the EU's research programs. This strengthens our position at the global forefront of many key scientific research disciplines.
Organization and localization:
SINTEF is organized as an enterprise group consisting of seven research institutes. In addition, SINTEF Holding manages our ownership in start-up companies and other enterprises. SINTEF is located in Trondheim (1400 employees) and in Oslo (400 employees). We also have personnel in offices and subsidiary companies in Bergen, Tromsø, Ålesund, Raufoss, Mo i Rana, Porsgrunn, Brussels and Hirtshals Denmark). In addition, we operate a research station in Svalbard.
Regional presence is a part of our strategy:
Being close to our clients is important to us, and for this reason we are represented in all regions in Norway. Regardless of where our clients are based, they have easy access to experts throughout the entire organization.
SINTEF is certified:
SINTEF is certified in accordance with ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 standards. SINTEF shall always work to ensure that the organization's results meet adequately the equirements and expectations of our clients and other stakeholders. Our management system, routines and internal policies ensures that SINTEF delivers products and services in accordance with the specified level of quality, safeguards the environment and operates with a systematic approach to occupational health and safety.
HSE and ethical standards are at the top of our agenda:
SINTEF has high standards for HSE, ethics and social responsibility. Our employees have a duty to adhere to HSE standards and ethical guidelines linked to research, business management and personal relations. All our suppliers must sign a declaration covering HSE, business ethics and social responsibility when they enter into agreements with us. SINTEF has its own Ethics Ombudsman and Ethics Council. SINTEF is a member of Transparency International and the UN Global Compact.
UNINETT Sigma2 AS (Sigma2) has a strategic responsibility for and manages the national e-infrastructure for large-scale data- and computational science in Norway. In addition, Sigma2 coordinates Norway's participation in international collaborations on e-infrastructure, and are appointed by the Research Council of Norway to lead the national EUROHPC Competence Center.
Sigma2 is mandated to provide services for high-performance computing and data storage to individuals and groups involved in research and education at all Norwegian universities and colleges, and other publicly funded organizations and projects.
The Sigma2 activities are jointly financed by the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and the Sigma2 consortium partners, which are the universities in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Tromsø.
The business is run non-profit. Sigma2 is a subsidiary of Uninett AS and has its head office in Trondheim.
UNINETT Sigma2 provide the services to research and education through strong collaboration with:
- University of Bergen
- University of Oslo
- UiT The Arctic University of Norway
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Who are using HPC today?
Science and research organizations have a strong history in using HPC within medicine, astronomy, microbiology, physics, chemistry, aerospace and so forth. There are also many commercial industries that have HPC as a core function within their business.
- Oil and gas exploration, where processing vast amount of data from seismic and CSEM seabed logging is key to understand where to invest in field developments.
- Semiconductor and electronics development, where using HPC to simulate the product´s functionality and finding faults prior to enter physical production, substantially reduces time to market and cost, as well as enabling development in the nanoscale area.
- Financial sector, where analysing vast amount of data and modelling scenarios help understand risk, forecast changes, make robotic decisions and detect fraud in real-time.
- Automotive and aerospace industry, where calculating and modelling construction strength and aerodynamics help develop more efficient and secure transportation.
- Entertainment industry, where CGI help producing scenes and movies that would be too expensive or dangerous to make without HPC.
- Life science, where using HPC help reducing development time for new medicines and allow data analysis of extremely large datasets.
What are the benefits of Supercomputing?
High Performance Computing (HPC), also known as supercomputing, involves thousands of computer processors working in parallel to analyze billions of pieces of data in real time, performing calculations thousands of times faster than a normal computer, and solving problems too large for normal computers to handle.
This enables the opportunity to tap into larger amount of data that earlier were too large or complex to make sense of or see the patterns, simulate or model large-scale scenarios where running the same simulation with all potential inputs can show a statistic likelihood of the various scenarios.
Undiscovered opportunities for the industry
While there are several applications for HPC in the industry today, there are still many untapped or undiscovered opportunities, where the Norwegian EuroHPC Competence Center is ready to help Norwegian SME´s to find that new business opportunities or to gain business intelligence that can provide them a competitive advantage in their industry.