Why is EXA4MIND important and who is behind the project?
From the 10th to the 12th of January, the EXA4MIND consortium met in Ostrava (Czech Republic) for its kick-off meeting. Nine partners from six countries met face-to-face for the first time to establish a roadmap to achieve the objectives of the project.
The meeting marked the official start of the project, which is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon Europe programme and aims to build an Extreme Data Platform that brings together data storage systems and powerful computing infrastructures by implementing novel automated data management and effective data staging. To do this, the project will set up unique Extreme Data Database and advanced analytics on supercomputers powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to unlock data collection from heterogeneous sources, and automatic data harmonisation and annotation on the fly.
The consortium brings together top talent from renowned universities and research centres, small and medium-sized enterprises and the industrial sector from 6 nations: Czech Republic – IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center at VSB– Technical University of Ostrava (IT4Innovations), Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics at The Czech Technical University in Prague (CIIRC CTU), Valeo, Germany – The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BADW-LRZ), Turkey – Middle East Technical University (METU),Spain – AUSTRALO Interinnov Marketing Lab (AUSTRALO), France – (Euraxent, Altrnativ), Switzerland (Terraview). The EXA4MIND partners spent three days at VSB – Technical University of Ostrava. Besides the kick-off meeting, the coordinator´s team prepared two social events. On the first day, the partners paid a visit to the IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center and learnt about its infrastructure and on the second day, the consortium had an opportunity to visit the Mining Museum in Landek Park.