Find out the basics of the HiDALGO2 Project

What does HiDALGO2 stand for?                                                                                  

HiDALGO2 stands for HPC and Big Data Technologies for Global Challenges. This means that the project integrates the technologies of High Performance Computing, High Performance Data Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence to provide solutions and innovations for major environmental issues. 

What is the vision of HiDALGO2?

The vision of the project is to extend the possibilities of the world’s leading scientific applications in the field of environmental protection to effectively analyse phenomena on a large scale and with high precision that threaten human life and health. This will be implemented through the collaboration of environmental scientists, HPC experts, data and AI analysts, and user communities that will develop solutions that effectively tackle scientific and social challenges. The collective knowledge and joint efforts contribute to integrating communities around exascale computing in Europe. 

What is the mission of HiDALGO2?                                                                               

The mission of HiDALGO2 is to bring together advanced solutions (HPC, HPDA, AI) to provide stakeholders and decision-makers tools that would mitigate the tragic consequences of climate change and urbanisation. The proposed solutions must be effective enough to cover with satisfactory accuracy the research that is relevant to measurement areas. The information must be provided as quickly as possible taking into account changing conditions like the current weather conditions and the traffic situation. 

What are the use cases of HiDALGO2?

The project focuses on five use cases from the environmental area: improving air quality in urban agglomerations, energy efficiency of buildings, renewable energy sources, wildfires, and material transport in water. Read more on this here.

What is the relationship between these use cases?                                            

The common feature of the modelling of the use cases simulations is the use of numerical analysis of fluid flows by Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) method, which is typically very compute-intensive. HiDALGO2 puts high emphasis on issues related to the scalability of solutions, and the best adaptation of the software to the infrastructure (co-design) by using the appropriate benchmarking methodology and algorithmic optimisation methods. This enables the efficient use of top-notch HPC systems to simulate complex structures with much greater accuracy not achievable for calculations using Cloud solutions.

Do you want to learn more about the basic features of the project?

The consortium of the HiDALGO2 project brings together 10 interdisciplinary partners from 8 countries in order to achieve the best results. HiDALGO2 started on January 1st, 2023, and is planned to end on December 31st, 2026. During its four-year duration, it is expected to significantly contribute to research activities and HPC applications. The scope of the work of HiDALGO2 is to some extent a continuation of the tasks carried out in the (1st) HiDALGO project. At the core of the current project are the same people, which guarantees continuity of work, especially in the area of scalability, co-design, and ensemble scenarios.

The kick-off meeting of HiDALGO2 took place in Poznan, Poland on January 25th and 26th and it was hosted by PSNC, the project’s coordinator. The next transnational meeting took place on 20 & 21 of June, 2023 in Athens, Greece, and was hosted by our partner Computing Systems Laboratory (CSLab) from the National Technical University in Athens. Our upcoming 3rd meeting will take place online on 4 & 5th of December 2023

Where does it get its funding from?

The project is co-funded by the European Union. Namely, it has received funding from the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (JU) and Poland, Germany, Spain, Hungary, and France, under the grant agreement number: 101093457

Who are HiDALGO2 partners & what is their role?

Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) – Coordinator: PSNC is the coordinator of the HiDALGO2 project and is responsible for the overall management, organisation, and supervision of the works as well as the smooth flow of information and data between partners and external entities.

High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS): HLRS is technically leading HiDALGO2 to develop new methods, algorithms, and software for HPC and HPDA, with a focus on systems science applications to address important global challenges.

ATOS: ATOS is responsible for data collection and management, provision of the main orchestration solution for workflows (based on Croupier), and quality management.

Széchenyi István University (SZE): SZE is responsible for the data and ethics management and provider of the main technology of the HiDALGO2 dashboard and the visualisation. SZE will coordinate the development and integration of the 5 use cases to the HiDALGO2 platforms and will lead the exploitation of synergies among the HiDALGO2 use cases with the development of couplings of simulations and joint research and exploitation.

MeteoGrid: Meteogrid’s role in HiDALGO2 is to carry on the Wildfire pilot/use case and to provide reliable high-resolution meteorological forecasts to other pilots.

Center for modeling and simulation in Strasbourg (Cemosis): Cemosis participates in the Hidalgo2 project with the Urban Buildings use case.

Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS): ICCS participates in HiDALGO2 through the Computing Systems Laboratory (CSLab). In HiDALGO2 ICCS organises and leads the benchmarking, profiling, and optimisation of the HiDALGO2 pilots and leads the provision of High-Performance Data Analytics (HPDA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) support to the HiDALGO2 pilots.

Future Needs Management Consulting Ltd (FN):  In HiDALGO2, Future Needs leads the Outreach, Awareness, and Impact Creation work package.

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