BalticLSC system – developing services tailored to companies’ needs

With the first prototype of BalticLSC system due in June 2020, the consortium partners have met in Tartu to discuss all the possible functionalities of the system that need to be incorporated into the prototype. After several heavy rounds of discussions technological partners together with business partners have come up with several solutions for the system to be tested during the first piloting phase. Those include but are not limited to selection methods of the HPC resource providers, distribution of orders among different resource providers as well as billing options for companies, reimbursement methods etc.

However, consortium partners have agreed that, in order to develop a fully operational system, a number of pre-selected case studies is needed to build initial functionalities based on companies’ needs. Later, when the system is going to be upgraded, additional supplements should be programmed on top of the existing ones and thus the capabilities of the system would be expanded. With the technological partners being busy buying hardware and integrating it into a supercomputer network within the Baltic sea region as well as developing software and doing some programming for the system, the detection of relevant case studies has been assigned to business partners.

If your company has a vast amount of raw, yet labelled, data that needs to be processed fast and efficient but you lack supercomputing power and even human resources to run major computations, BalticsLSC is under development to help you. Contact any of the consortium partners to rest your case so that we could build our system based on your needs and provide you with the services tailored to your particular situation. All computation services including consultations during the piloting phases of the system will be free of charge.

Window-shopping for HPC resource providers

The idea behind BalticLSC system is that small companies, research institutions or independent innovators who need supercomputing power could secure it from different resource providers at any given moment by booking it on BalticLSC platform. The initial system will be launched with five project partners providing their own resources, obtained while implementing the project, and connected into BalticLSC network, however, their capacities will be somewhat small. This means limited availability for intensive computation task and, therefore, additional resource providers are welcome to join the network in the future.

Daniel Olsson, a project partner from RISE, visited OpenCompute Regional Summit in Amsterdam where he introduced BalticLSC idea to potential future partners to act as resource providers. This potential collaboration would be beneficial for both sides as BalticLSC system could ensure higher capacities of HPC to the companies, while resource providers could earn some profit providing their supercomputing power while not using it themselves.

If you have additional supercomputing power that you would like to employ for the benefit of smaller entities and also earn some money out of it, please contact one of the project partners from our contact section.

During the visit in Amsterdam Mr. Olsson also learned about the latest trends and developments in open source software and hardware to help in designing the BalticLSC platform.