The Institute of Information Science (IZUM) is a public institution with a mission of developing and managing ICT infrastructure for scientific and educational institutions. It has been engaged in providing ICT services for research and academic purposes in the country and the wider region, including the development and operation of library information systems, federating information systems, information databases on research activities and publications, as well as open science information resources. It has evolved its research and development efforts in the region and is also engaged in educational and training activities. With over 100 employees, a modern computing centre facility, training and support facilities, as well as its long tradition of providing high-availability ICT services to the region, IZUM represents an important hub for the national HPC community.
Upgrading national research infrastructures – HPC RIVR is a project aimed at establishing a national supercomputing centre with the principal objective of strengthening national high performance computing capacities for the needs of Slovenian research and innovation as well as economic area. The project is funded by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport within the framework of the Operational Programme for the Implementation of the European Cohesion Policy in the period 2014–2020. The project implementation will significantly contribute to the fulfilment of the objectives of the Declaration for cooperation in the field of high performance computing (EuroHPC Joint Undertaking). The acquisition and operation of the EuroHPC supercomputer is funded jointly by the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, through the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility and the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, as well as the Participating State Slovenia. By signing the Declaration, Slovenia has committed itself to establish an integrated and accessible high performance infrastructure.
Together with the Slovenian Academic and Research Network (ARNES), IZUM engaged the Slovenian HPC and HPDA community in the Slovenian National Supercomputing Network SLING. As a part of the HPC RIVR project and in cooperation with the Faculty of Information Science Novo mesto, IZUM became the main host site for the new peta-scale machine in Slovenia with the University of Maribor acting as coordinator.
Signing the EuroHPC Hosting Agreement between European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking, European Commission and eight selected institutions including IZUM.
The Vega supercomputer has increased the computing power available in Slovenia and in Europe as a whole. It supports European researchers and users from the public and industry sector all over Europe. Vega drives innovation and helps Europe to compete globally in strategic domains including artificial intelligence, high performance data analytics (HPDA), personalised medicine, bio-engineering, fight against climate change, as well as drug and material design.
Vega was supplied by Atos, it is based on the BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer and located at the IZUM datacentre in Maribor, Slovenia.