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UDG host International Conference in the field of high-performance computing (HPC) "EuroCC/CASTIEL"

University of Donja Gorica was host of this year’s International scientific and academic conference in the field of high-performance computing (HPC), called "EuroCC/CASTIEL", which was held from September 6 to 9 in Bečići, Montenegro. The conference is realized within the framework of the EuroCC project - National Competence Centers in the Framework of EuroHPC that deals with high performance computing. This is currently one of the largest research projects in Europe, with a budget of around 60 million euros, and brings together, under the leadership of the University of Stuttgart, partners from 33 European countries.

Due to the pandemic, this is the first in-person conference two years after the start of the project. The conference brought together over 200 researchers from prestigious European universities and institutes, from 33 countries, as well as around 500 people that followed the conference through Live stream on YouTube, during the days that it was open for public.

The conference was opened by Dr. Ing. Bastian Koller, project coordinator from the University of Stuttgart, prof. dr Milica Vukotić, Vice-rector of the University of Donja Gorica and Dragiša Janjušević, State Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration of Montenegro.

During the three days of the conference around 20 panels and trainings were held ranging from various topics:  Training WG, Industry WG, Open Meet and Greet NCCs, Competence WG, Communication WG, Legal Workshop, Commercial Access to public systems, EuroCC 2 & CASTIEL 2 Info & Discussion Session, NCC Diversity Meeting, Open Meet & Greet NCCs, Public presentation of EuroCC & CASTIEL, Highlights of the NCCs, HPC4SME2, Importance of National Competence Centres, Panel discussion: HPC+ in academia, public administration, best practices, SMEs and HPC+ (Selected FF4EuroHPC Success Stories), Panel Discussion on Industrial Uptake of HPC+, The future of the NCCs Vision for Phase 2.

The conference covered topics from the field of HPC technologies and related disciplines such as high-performance data analysis (HPDA), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, parallel programming, computer simulations, and the like. Also, the focus was on current topics in the global age, as well as their impact on the entire society, including the latest technological and business achievements in this area. The emphasis is mostly on advanced e-infrastructure, the key component of which is precisely HPC, which contributes to the development of modern science and is key to many advanced researches. In addition to the above, the conference presented projects received as part of the FF4EuroHPC open call aimed at the highest quality experiments of innovative small and medium-sized enterprises across Europe, including the use of artificial intelligence, cloud technologies, HPC and others

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