Partner-Report – Meet SESAME Net

The Partner Report is a multi-part reportage to introduce our network members. Each newsletter will showcase some of our partners, and highlight some of their most recent activities. This edition will feature the Supercomputing Centre of Galicia.

The Supercomputing Centre of Galicia (CESGA Foundation) is the centre for computing, high performance communications systems, and advanced services of the Galician Scientific Community, the University academic system, and the National Scientific Research Council (CSIC).

CESGA Foundation is a non-profit institution whose trustees pertain to the Regional Government of Galicia and to CSIC. CESGA has been one of the main HPC infrastructures in Spain for the last quarter century.

Foundation CESGA has the mission to contribute to the advancement of Science and Technical Knowledge by means of research and application of high performance computing and communications, as well as other information technologies resources, in collaboration with other institutions, for the profit of society.

In general, the purposes of the Foundation are all those that promote the research in and use of high performance computing, advanced communications and development of information and communications technologies as an instrument for sustainable socioeconomic development, devoting special attention to the cooperation between research centres, whether public or private, and the productive sector.

On top of acting as an advanced services centre for RTD institutions, CESGA has participated in numerous European Research Framework Programme Projects. For the past 15 years CESGA has carried out extensive work to help SMEs benefit from the exploitation of advanced computing technologies.

Thus, CESGA has displayed extensive activity both with research groups and enterprises in the following areas:
– Promoting  and participating  in research and technological development projects.
– Providing computing capacity, communications and technical support to its users by means of the equipment available at the Foundation.
– Collaborating  in the transfer of research results in the area of computing between public research centres and private companies.
– Boosting and promoting  cooperation between institutions at the national and international level.
– Contribute to the development and strengthening of the competitive capacity of the Galician and CSIC research communities.
– Collaborating with institutions, companies and people in any matter related to the object of the Foundation, in the terms established in the corresponding contracts or cooperation agreements.
– Promoting and collaborating in the organisation of courses, seminars and meetings related to innovation by means of computing and communications.
– Promoting and disseminating those activities and results considered of interest for the Foundation.
– Collaborating with other supercomputing centres for an effective use of the technologies.
– Searching for and obtaining resources for the development of its activities.
– Tend to the technological needs of the entities and companies that so require it in the area of the supercomputing.
CESGA is part of the Spanish Supercomputing Network and as such it is recognized by the Spanish Ministry for the Economy and Competitiveness as a Singular Scientific Technological Installation (ICTS).

Successful collaboration with Flemish Supercomputer Center enables Bekaert to model wire manufacturing

Bekaert is a world market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies. Headquartered in Flanders, it is a global company with almost 30.000 employees worldwide. Bekaert is a prime supplier of steel cord products for tire reinforcement and steel fiber for concrete reinforcements. But it offers a very wide range of advanced steel wire products for other applications to many sectors.

‘Calculations are more economic than physical tests’

For several of its steel wire transformation processes, Bekaert relies on supercomputing. Peter De Jaeger, Team leader Modelling at Bekaert, explains:
“We use computational models to predict the behavior of steel wire during different transformation processes, e.g. wire rolling, wire drawing, rope manufacturing, … Such calculations are much faster and more economic than relying on physical tests on proofing samples. In this way, supercomputing allows us to drastically enhance the speed of product development and improve the development processes.”

‘Supercomputing drastically enhances product development’

“But this modeling approach requires proper software implementation and ample computational resources.” For both, Bekaert relies on the services of the Flemish Supercomputer Center.

The Flemish Supercomputer Center (Vlaams Supercomputer Centrum – VSC, located in Belgium) is a partnership between the five Flemish universities and their university associations, and is managed by the national funding agency, Research Fund – Flanders (FWO). This consortium brings together knowhow in scientific and technical computing (including high performance computing, high throughput computing, cloud computing and data processing) in Flanders. It houses infrastructure in four hubs: the data centers of the universities of Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent and Leuven.

‘The VSC team offers world-class supported computational infrastructure’

The VSC encourages the use of scientific and technical computing in the Flemish academic and industrial landscape. To this end, it offers infrastructure, training and services. In addition, VSC acts as a lever to promote the importance of scientific and technical computing and its added value to society.

The collaboration with Bekaert developed as part of VSC’s mission to actively promote scientific and technical computing in Flemish industry and foster the exchange of ideas and expertise between research institutions and industry.

For Bekaert, the VSC support team specifically installed a tailor-made version of the OpenFOAM-extend software and made this software available on all clusters within the VSC network, including the first Flemish Tier1 supercomputer, the fastest Belgian compute cluster at that moment. All Bekaert’s computational models now run in an efficient manner on VSC’s infrastructure.

Peter De Jaeger: “The VSC team offers world-class supported computational infrastructure which makes high performance computing feasible from an industry perspective.”

SESAME Net Presented by ICHEC at the “Supercomputing SMEs” in Ireland

The Irish Centre for High-End Computing – ICHEC held a SESAME NET event on Thursday 26th January 2017 to an audience of 25 people representing 10 SMEs, 1 MNC, 1 Public State Organization and 1 Irish State Development Agency. The event consisted of a series of short keynotes presented by four Irish SMEs, in addition to network partners: ICHEC, CESGA and ARCTUR.

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