Students and teachers from Hungary, North Macedonia, Lithuania and the Bulgarian National High School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences visited Sofia Tech Park and learned about the activities of the science and technology park and the opportunities provided by the world-class Petascale Supercomputer Discoverer. The event took place in The Venue Hall in the Business Incubator Building and became a part of the “Promoting STEAM Career” project, under the Erasmus + program. The meeting was part of the work of Sofia Tech Park, which aims to engage young people in the topic of innovation, technology and their importance in everyday life.
Mihail Iliev, Head of the Innovative Projects Department at the science and technology park, shared with the students more about the research applications in various fields of the high-performance machine.
Prof. Simeon Stoyanov, Business Development Manager of the Consortium Petascale Supercomputer Bulgaria with leading partner Sofia Tech Park, introduced the students to the basic trends in modern supercomputers – their applications, structure, speed and other technical specifics.
“The main goal of our team of experts is to meet and train as many young people as possible who can work with these modern technologies effectively and use their huge computing capacity in the best way possible. That is why we organize trainings and plan to continue to support young people who are interested in high technology, ” said Prof. Stoyanov.
The young visitors were impressed by the high performance of Discoverer, which is ranked as 91st in the world’s independent expert ranking of supercomputers TOP 500.
The students had many questions, such as who are the largest manufacturers of supercomputers in the world, what happens to those machines when they get old or if there is a new generation of supercomputers.
The main goal of “Discoverer” is to support scientific and applied research based on the use of high-performance computer modeling, optimization and simulation technologies. The capacity of the machine can be used in many application areas and for the needs of a large number of public and private users, including small and medium enterprises at Bulgarian, regional and European level.
The system is optimized to work in various scientific fields, such as bioinformatics, pharmacy, molecular dynamics and mechanics, quantum chemistry and biochemistry, artificial intelligence, personalized medicine, bioengineering, weather forecasting, disaster warning and development of crisis plans to overcome them, preparation of optimal strategies for combating climate change, etc.