The annual HPC user forum in Bulgaria took place in Sofia Tech Park on November 16th, 2023. In the past three years, the Forum was organised by the National Competence Centre for High Performance Computing in Bulgaria (NCC Bulgaria), established within the framework of project EuroCC – “National Competence Centres in the framework of EuroHPC”, Phase 1 and 2.
The forum was opened Prof Svetozar Margenov, Director of the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences who was one of the pioneers in the field of supercomputing in Bulgaria. The program continued with three thematical panels: “HPC resources in Bulgaria”, “Novel successful applications 2023” and “Collaboration academia-industry”. The numerous presentations, talks and in-depth discussions between researchers, representatives of industry and public administration highlighted the significant achievements in the field of high performance computing and technologies in Bulgaria in 2023, and the upcoming challenges to expand operations in 2024.
The event ended with a session dedicated to the user experience, needs and expectations. Users expressed their satisfaction with the access to modern equipment and the qualified support that they receive.