The Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CaSToRC) of the Cyprus Institute (CyI) has been inaugurated as the National Competence Center (NCC) in High Performance Computing (HPC) of Cyprus on 10th of September 2020, under the auspices of the Deputy Minister for Research, Innovation & Digital Policy Dr. Kyriakos Kokkinos. The inauguration of the CaSToRC as NCC in HPC is part of the EuroCC Competence Centre activity, one of the activities of the pan-European EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, a joint initiative between the EU, European countries and private partners to develop a World Class Supercomputing Ecosystem in Europe.

The EuroCC Competence Center activity brings together the necessary expertise to set up a network of NCCs in HPC across Europe to provide a broad service portfolio tailored to the respective national needs of industry, academia and public administration promoting innovation and competitiveness.

As part of its NCC responsibilities, CaSToRC seeks to help companies in technology transfer and business development activities. CaSToRC aims to achieve this through collaborative industrial/governmental projects where CaSToRC personnel can work together with company employees, train them in new technologies, which they can then implement in their company’s work process for its development and to make them more efficient and competitive.

CaSToRC brings together industry and government with this collaboration between two private companies - Axia Surveyors and Real Geosolutions- and the Department of Lands and Surveys (DLS).

          

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AXIA CHARTERED SURVEYORS™ is a company registered under the name T.Dimopoulos & Associates Property Valuers L.L.C. The company operates throughout Cyprus and has offices in both Nicosia and Larnaca. ΑΧΙΑ specialises in property valuations and provides a wide range of other professional property related services such as: development appraisals, property management, planning & development advice, market research and investment consultancy.

Real-Geosolutions Ltd is the first real estate software firm in Cyprus who designed and developed a unique holistic Real Estate software with full Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Integration. The software covers Asset and Client Database Management, Land Cadastral Integration, GIS Integration, Valuation Analysis (complete analysis of comparable transactions with incorporation of Adjustment Matrix), Analysis Report Export and Statistical Analysis Export.

Department of Lands and Surveys (DLS) is solely responsible for the provision of services in connection with all the rights relating to immovable property - registration, valuation, general assessment (for tax purposes), tenure, surveying, cartography, geodesy and hydrography, as well as the management of all property belonging to Cyprus. It is also the main source of data relating to real property.

In this collaboration we develop large-scale Machine Learning algorithms for automated, mass real-estate appraisals in Cyprus. This will help bring more transparency to the market as valuations will be readily available to the general public, professional valuers and financial and banking institutions for control purposes.

The project started on the 1st of April and will run for 6 months

The Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CaSToRC) of the Cyprus Institute (CyI) has been inaugurated as the National Competence Center (NCC) in High Performance Computing (HPC) of Cyprus on 10th of September 2020, under the auspices of the Deputy Minister for Research, Innovation & Digital Policy Dr. Kyriakos Kokkinos. The inauguration of the CaSToRC as NCC in HPC is part of the EuroCC Competence Centre activity, one of the activities of the pan-European EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, a joint initiative between the EU, European countries and private partners to develop a World Class Supercomputing Ecosystem in Europe.

The EuroCC Competence Center activity brings together the necessary expertise to set up a network of NCCs in HPC across Europe to provide a broad service portfolio tailored to the respective national needs of industry, academia and public administration promoting innovation and competitiveness.

As part of its NCC responsibilities, CaSToRC seeks to help companies in technology transfer and business development activities. CaSToRC aims to achieve this through collaborative industrial projects where CaSToRC personnel can work together with company employees, train them in new technologies, which they can then implement in their company’s work process for its development and to make them more efficient and competitive. An example of such a collaboration is CaSToRC’s project with RetailZoom Ltd.

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RetailZoom is a data analytics company operating in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, aiming at providing analytical insights and custom software solutions to medium and large businesses and organizations, with services revolving around statistical analysis and data automation.

The objective of the project is to create recommendation algorithms using machine learning / AI methodologies and HPC. These types of algorithms are used to gain complex insights into the customer and product based on past consumer interactions and make suggestions to consumers in a personalised way. With these algorithms, RetailZoom can help retailers provide a more personalised experience to their customers and at the same time the retailers can improve their sales.

The project started on the 1st of June and will run for 6 months.

The Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CaSToRC) of the Cyprus Institute (CyI) is designated by the government of Cyprus as the National Competence Center (NCC) in High Performance Computing (HPC). This activity is part of the EuroCC project - one of the activities of the pan-European EuroHPC Joint Undertaking.

The EuroCC Competence Center activity brings together the necessary expertise to set up a network of NCCs in HPC across Europe to provide a broad service portfolio tailored to the respective national needs of industry, academia and public administration promoting innovation and competitiveness.

As part of its NCC responsibilities, CaSToRC seeks to help companies in technology transfer and business development activities. CaSToRC aims to achieve this through collaborative industrial projects where CaSToRC personnel can work together with company employees, train them in new technologies, which they can then implement in their company’s work process for its development and to make them more efficient and competitive. An example of such a collaboration, is CaSToRC’s project with Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd.

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Hyperion, with its headquarters and main operations in Cyprus, has been serving customers globally for more than 25 years. Hyperion provides engineering advisory and consulting services, and implements advanced industrial MES and Technology solutions in the Hydrocarbons, Chemicals and Power generation industries.

The objective of this knowledge transfer mentoring project is for Hyperion Consultants and Computational Scientists at the NCC to collaborate to help Hyperion build a prototype that incorporates innovative HPC and ML components that can be integrated in Hyperion’s IT solutions.

The goal of the project is to develop soft-sensors using ML-based algorithms developed by computational scientists at the NCC. These ML-based algorithms will use vast amounts of plant production data to develop models to predict critical quality parameters of material based on real-time conditions. The specific project objective is to establish a link between the operating conditions and the Laboratory Test results, which will allow the prediction of critical quality measurements in real-time.

The solution in effect replaces the need for specialised physical instrumentation which are not routinely installed in all plants due to their high cost. For Hyperion clients, this will bring substantial operational efficiency.

The project began on the 1st of April and will run for 6 months.

Cyclone - The Cyprus Institute

Opening Date: Monday 28th June 2021

Closing Date: Saturday 31st July 2021

Allocation Date: Friday 1st October 2021

Allocation Period: 1 year

Type of Access: Production Access

Introduction

The Cyprus Institute allows proposals with a Principal Investigator based in Cyprus to apply for production time on the HPC system “Cyclone” administered by the National Competence Center, CaSToRC of The Cyprus Institute.

This call is the 14th Cyclone call for Production Access inviting proposals for computing resources.

The deadline for submission of proposals is the end of Saturday 31st July 2021.

Available HPC Resources

The available resources on the HPC system “Cyclone” for this call are:

  • 2.5 million core hours
  • 225,000 GPU hours

The HPC System “Cyclone” is a hybrid CPU and GPU system with a theoretical peak performance of 600 TFlop/s. All nodes are equipped with two Intel Xeon Gold 6248 CPUs and 96GB of memory. The available GPUs are NVIDIA Tesla V100-SXM2 with 32GB each.

Allocation of resources will be for one year.

Eligibility

The Principal Investigator should be a senior researcher (must hold a PhD or have at least 3 years research experience) and be employed by a Cyprus based organisation that carries out research, innovation and development. The employment contract of the project Principal Investigator with their organisation must be valid to at least 3 months after the end of the allocation period.

Collaboration among organisations based in Cyprus from academia, industry and government, as well as organisations based in countries from the region and worldwide is strongly encouraged.

Projects that are led by or include non-academic institutions are welcome to apply provided they make their results public. Such applications should describe their intent to do so and sign the relative Cyprus Institute agreement document.

The Cyprus Institute may have further restrictions on who is eligible to use the system, for example, due to US export rules. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they are eligible to use the system.

Scope of the Call

Project access is intended for production-ready projects where significant amounts of computing resources are required.

All proposals are assessed by technical evaluation on the suitability and compatibility of the project with the requested computing resources.

Success in such a call will be based on the applicants providing a substantiated proposal for effectively using the requested resources and especially on the scientific or innovation merit of the project. We aim to support large-scale projects that require at least:

  • 500,000 CPU core hours
  • 50,000 GPU hours
  • A combination of the above

Projects requesting less resources than the ones mentioned above will not be considered.

How to Apply

All proposals must be submitted using the online tool found online at: https://ssl.linklings.net/applications/Cyclone/

All proposals should also use the Detailed Description Template (Version 14) which can be found at: https://castorc.cyi.ac.cy/images/Documents/CallsforProposals/CfP14-ProjectDetailedDescription_v14.docx

Mandatory fields, shown on the on-line form in red, must all be filled in before the proposal form can be submitted. After the form has been saved, applicants can continue to access it and make updates before they finally submit it. Applicants must ensure that details of the applications form and detailed description template are consistent between them, and that all required details are provided.

For detailed information on the proposal and evaluation process, interested applicants should consult the Guidelines for applicants – Version 14.

Assessment procedure

All eligible proposals for production access undergo administrative, technical and scientific project reviews.

The technical review is carried out by technical experts at The Cyprus and scientific project reviews are carried out by internationally recognized experts in the field of the proposal. During the project review, an increase or decrease in the requested amount of allocation time can be suggested due to recommendations received during the review process or general constraints such as the limited availability of resources.

The applicants will have the right to reply to the comments of both the technical and the project reviewers.

All proposals will finally be assessed by the Resource Allocation Committee, which will take into account the technical and scientific reviews of each proposal as well as the applicant’s right to reply, and allocate resources to successful proposals solely on merit.

More information on the assessment procedures and criteria can be found in the Guidelines for applicants.

Contact

For any queries concerning the application procedure, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with email subject “14th Call for Proposals for Production Access”.

Useful Links

Date

Monday 13 - Tuesday 14 September 2021

Location

The Cyprus Institute, Online - link will be available soon

Description

This event will build on the knowledge and competences of the HPC IntermediateTraining Event, and teach more advanced aspects of HPC and will include GPU Programming, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, AI and Deep Learning.

This event is part of the EuroCC project and the National Competence Center activities.

Pre-requisites

Attendees should be familiar with at least one programming language, such as C/C++, Fortran, or Python. Hands on exercises are part of the training and will be provided in C, C++, and Python

Attendees should ideally have attended the EuroCC NCC HPC Beginner Training Event and HPC Intermediate Training Event. If not, interested attendees are advised to follow these events via the following links:

Requirements

All attendees will need their own desktop or laptop with the following software installed:

  • Web browser - e.g. Firefox or Chrome
  • PDF viewer - e.g. Firefox, Adobe Acrobat
  • ssh client - Terminal for Mac or Linux is fine. For Windows Putty should be fine.

Agenda

Day 1 (Monday 13 September, 2021)

GPU programming

  • 09:30 - 10:00: Welcome and Participant Introductions
  • 10:00-11:00: Introduction to the GPU architecture. YouTubeLogo Watch on YouTube
  • 11:00-11:30: Break
  • 11:30-12:30: CUDA C/C++ by example. YouTubeLogo Watch on YouTube
  • 12:30-13:30: Lunch Break
  • 13:30-14:30: CUDA programming using Python. YouTubeLogo Watch on YouTube
  • 14:30-15:00: Break
  • 15:00-16:00: Multi-GPU programming for shared and distributed computing. YouTubeLogo Watch on YouTube

Day 2 (Tuesday 14 September, 2021)

Hyperparameter Tuning of Machine Learning Models

  • 10:00-11:15: Hands on Deep Learning with Tensorflow and Keras. YouTubeLogo Watch on YouTube
  • 11:15-11:30: Break
  • 11:30-12:45: Hands on Deep Learning with Tensorflow and Keras. YouTubeLogo Watch on YouTube
  • 12:45-13:45: Lunch Break
  • 13:45-15:00: Hyperparameter Tuning of Machine Learning Models (1/2). YouTubeLogo Watch on YouTube
  • 15:00-15:15: Break
  • 15:15-16:30: Hyperparameter Tuning of Machine Learning Models (2/2). YouTubeLogo Watch on YouTube

Slack Channel

The slack channel to be used for the event is the following:
https://app.slack.com/client/T01JTHGH259/C02DQG22W9J

Registration

Register to attend this event by the end of Monday 6th September 2021 on our Event Platform page:
https://www.meetup.com/high-performance-computing-cyprus/events/279884830

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