Singapore developing its own ‘crystal ball’ for better climate projections
7 Jun 2021
The effects of planetary warming are clear. Global temperatures and sea levels are rising, certain extreme weather events could intensify, and rainfall patterns could become more erratic. But at a finer resolution, many questions remain about how these changes would manifest in Singapore and South-east Asia. For instance, how fast would sea levels rise around the city-state, and how high could the waters go? If rainfall patterns change, would the country experience more droughts or flash floods? These are questions that scientists at the Centre for Climate Research Singapore (CCRS) – a division under the National Environment Agency’s Meteorological Service Singapore – are looking into. CCRS is working with the National Supercomputing Centre to downscale these models to produce grid cells spanning from about 2km to 8km. Find out more about their work in this News Article.
Local organisations collaborate to develop proof-of-value for first-of-its-kind green modular data centre system
11 May 2021
Singapore LNG Corporation Pte Ltd (SLNG), the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Surbana Jurong (SJ) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), to collaboratively explore the development of a Proof-of-Value (POV) for a Green Modular Data Centre System, which would be the first-of-its-kind in Singapore, if proven feasible. The collaboration is in line with the global search for sustainable solutions to meet the growing demands for data centre rack space, as Singapore accelerates its digital transformation. Find out more in the Media Release.
Singapore’s newest national supercomputer on track to meet future smart nation and research needs
28 April 2021
The National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore has awarded the tender for the development of the next generation national supercomputer system plus upgrades to the national storage and research network infrastructure. The new system is expected to provide up to 10 Petaflops (10 PFLOPS) of computing capacity and is eight times more powerful than the current supercomputer. The new supercomputer is the first in a series of systems that will form the backbone of the nation’s future supercomputing resources which will support research in areas like climate change, biomedical science and smart nation activities. Find out more in the Media Release.
Cooperation is key in addressing future global challenges
2 March 2021
An MOU that was signed between Singapore entities and Finland’s CSC at the SCA21 conference is a reflection of the ongoing collaborative spirit in the HPC community. The MOU was announced by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative at the Opening Ceremony of the SCA21 virtual conference, which adopted the theme “Supercomputing in the New Norm – Adapting to COVID-19 and beyond”. Find out more in the Media Release.
SCAsia 21 Kicks-off Student Team Entries for HPCAIAC and NSCC Singapore’s 4th Annual APAC HPC-AI Competition
2 March 2021
The HPC-AI Advisory Council (HPCAIAC) and National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore today announced the immediate opening and acceptance of student team proposals for entry consideration in the jointly organized and hosted 2021 APAC HPC-AI Competition. Focused on showcasing the region’s top technical institutions and colleges, submissions for the 4th annual competition are being accepted through the end of April and open to teams across APAC comprised of currently enrolled undergraduate, upper level and advanced degree students skilled in state-of-the-art high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI).
Singapore researchers plug in to world’s fastest supercomputer
30 November 2020
A new collaboration between Japan’s RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS), Research Organization for Information Science and Technology (RIST) and NSCC, will allow Singapore scientists to directly tap on the HPC resources of Japan’s Fugaku supercomputer to do ground breaking research, enhance educational activities and develop talent in high performance computing (HPC). Find out more in the press release.
Singapore urged to aim to be R&D hub for alternative energy
23 November 2020
To ensure Singapore thrives in a future affected by climate change, it should establish itself as a research and development (R&D) hub for alternative energy sources. This could be done through building up the talent pool and investing in research infrastructure such as supercomputers. Alternative energy researchers can leverage the use of supercomputers to identify scalable solutions. To achieve this, deeper collaboration between alternative energy scientists, and the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) is desired. The bridge between the energy and computing could be established by institutionalising partnerships between corporations, universities, and NSCC. These were among the new key recommendations in a revised position paper on climate change by Young PAP, the youth wing of the People’s Action Party (PAP). Read more about the paper in The Straits Times.
Winners of the 2020 Asia-Pacific HPC-AI Competition Announced
18 November 2020
The HPC-AI Advisory Council in collaboration with the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore today announced the university team winners of the 2020 APAC high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) competition. The ‘TinpoC’ team from the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan returned to the winner’s circle with another first place victory, together with second placed National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan and China’s Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in third. Special merit awards were also presented to teams from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and team ‘Valkyrie’ from National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan. Find out more in the press release.
Simulation shows how cough droplets spread in tropical climate
09 November 2020
A*STAR researchers in Singapore have developed a simulation which more accurately models the spread of droplets when a person with Covid-19 coughs in Singapore’s tropical environment. Working closely with the National Supercomputing Centre, they fed a combination of physics and mathematical equations, based on prior studies on the coronavirus, into a supercomputer to produce their simulation. Read more about the story in the 09 November 2020 edition of The Straits Times.
Singapore Polytechnic is first local polytechnic to sign MoU with NSCC for full access to supercomputers
07 October 2020
Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Transwarp, with the support of the Ministry of Education, AI Singapore (AISG) and National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC), launched the first-of-its-kind local AI competition – the inaugural Singapore edition of the virtual Collegial Artificial Intelligence Innovation Competition (CAIIC) 2020. The competition enables youths from the junior colleges, Institute of Technical Education (ITE), polytechnics, universities and the public in Singapore to identify and develop innovative AI solutions. Singapore Polytechnic also announced a new partnership with NSCC to enable Singapore Polytechnic’s staff and students to develop AI innovations for local industries. Read more about the SP-NSCC MoU and the competition in the Media Release.
Supercomputers to Give ITE a Boost in its Applied Artificial Intelligence Projects
02 October 2020
ITE will leverage the power of high performance computing (HPC) for use in applied AI projects, pedagogy, workshops and training, and HPC-related student competitions in a new collaboration with NSCC. An MOU was signed between ITE and NSCC in a virtual ceremony on 2 October 2020. “Apart from providing local researchers with easy access to national supercomputing resources and capabilities to create new smart nation innovations, it is equally important to get our youth started early on HPC to nurture the next generation of data scientists, genomics researchers, advanced manufacturing technologists and AI scientists,” said Associate Professor Tan Tin Wee, Chief Executive of NSCC. Read more in the Media Release.
HPC-AI Advisory Council and ISC Group Announce Winners of the 9th Annual Student Cluster Competition
30 June 2020
The HPC-AI Advisory Council (HPCAIAC) in collaboration with the ISC Group revealed the teams topping the 2020 leaderboard for the ninth annual ISC-HPCAIAC Student Cluster Competition (SCC). As a consequence of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the ISC High Performance conference organizers quickly reorganized the event into an “all virtual” SCC in just a few short weeks. Competitors hailed from eleven different locations around the world, with a total of eighty-two students taking part in the 2020 competition. The National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore provided HPC system resources that allowed the international teams to coordinate and demonstrate their proposed solutions to complex real-world scenarios in a completely virtual setting.
Record Number of Student Teams to Participate in the APAC HPC and AI Competition
30 June 2020
The HPC-AI Advisory Council (HPCAIAC) in collaboration with the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore today announced the teams competing in the co-organized, third annual APAC HPC-AI Competition supporting ongoing student development and mastery in high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) disciplines. Comprised of undergraduate and graduate competitors from some of Asia Pacific’s leading academic institutions, thirty teams complete the 2020 roster and will compete across the region in an all remote contest.
ISC 2020’s Student Cluster Competition Winners Announced
24 June 2020
Students from China’s University of Science and Technology (USTC) won first place in this year’s annual Student Cluster Competition at the ISC 2020 Digital conference. The USTC team, comprised of six members, beat out 14 other student teams from 11 countries to win the prestigious award. The team from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was presented with the competition’s inaugural Honorable Mention award. This year’s competition, which was held fully online and made possible using the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore’s HPC resources, focused on the global fight against Covid-19 by including applications that address education and applied learning towards accelerating bioscience research and discovery. The teams, totaling 80 students, were tasked to test several applications used by scientists and researchers for finding a cure for the pandemic.
Making the Team South Africa: Defending the Crown
15 June 2020
82 university students from 11 countries are working feverishly on a cluster located at the National Supercomputing Centre of Singapore to try to win the ISC 2020 Student Cluster Competition golden crown. One of these teams is from the Centre for High Performance Computing located in South Africa. This is their seventh appearance in the ISC cluster wars and they’ve built up an incredible record of four gold medals, two silver medals and a bronze. Read News Article.
BSC and FIB-UPC Team Participates Virtually in the ISC Student Cluster Competition 2020
10 June 2020
The team “Not Only FLOPs“, made up of six students from the Facultat d’Informàtica de Barcelona (FIB-UPC) and guided by six advisors from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), are participating in a new edition of the Student Cluster Competition at the ISC20 Conference. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ISC20 conference has been transformed into a virtual event, and the HPC Advisory Council, organizing the Student Cluster Competition, decided to keep the competition allowing all teams to race using the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) cluster in Singapore as a playground. Read News Article.
HPC-AI Advisory Council and ISC Group Continues Annual Student Cluster Competition as an Online Event
19 May 2020
The HPC-AI Advisory Council (HPCAIAC), a for community benefit organization promoting high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) education, along with the ISC Group, organizers of Europe’s premier HPC forum, ISC High Performance (ISC 2020), today announced that the 2020 ISC-HPCAIAC Student Cluster Competition (SCC), regularly scheduled as a three-day live event during the ISC conference, will be held as an online competition. Through the generous support of the National Supercomputing Center (NSCC) Singapore, 14 student teams from around the world will utilize the supercomputing platforms at NSCC to remotely configure, code and benchmark a series of HPC and AI applications. Read more in the Media Release.
IT And telecom are at forefront in battle against coronavirus
13 April 2020
The almost uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 or coronavirus disease 2019 has unnerved the entire mankind. The first step to control the disease is to understand the virus itself. Since molecular modelling of proteins, genomics or training of Artificial Intelligence is very computationally intensive, various companies and institutions are using or offering their supercomputing powers e.g. IBM’ Summit, University of Texas’ Frontera, NASA’s High-End Computing Capability Portfolio, National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore etc. This has raised the hope that a vaccine may be available in a year’s time as many have already entered trials. Read News Article.
HPC-AI Advisory Council and National Supercomputing Centre Singapore Expand 3rd APAC HPC-AI Competition to Address COVID-19
8 April 2020
The HPC-AI Advisory Council (HPCAIAC) and the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore announced today that they have joined the global fight against COVID-19 by expanding the 2020 APAC HPC-AI competition to address education and applied learning towards accelerating bioscience research and discovery. As part of the updated competition, student teams are now tasked to research, find and choose an HPC or AI application that can potentially be used as part of the global fight against COVID-19. Teams must demonstrate testing and benchmarking of the application, as well as explain how this application can best be accelerated. Read more in the Media Release.
HPC-AI Advisory Council and NSCC Announce 3rd APAC HPC-AI Competition
24 March 2020
The HPC-AI Advisory Council (HPCAIAC) and the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore announced the launch of the 2020 APAC HPC-AI Competition. Continuing the success of the previous competitions, the 3rd Annual 2020 APAC HPC-AI competition expects to host multiple teams from across the APAC region. The student teams will compete against international teams to produce solutions and applications in the High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) domains. Read more in the Media Release.
Singapore’s National Supercomputing Resources Joins the Fight Against COVID-19
24 March 2020
Local COVID-19 related research projects will be given special fast-tracked access to supercomputing resources at the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore to speed up research on the virus.This could include deeper studies about the virus genome and potential new therapies or vaccines. Read more about the Special COVID-19 Call for Projects in the NSCC Media Release.
Find out more about the NSCC Special Call for COVID-19 Projects.
Data Mover Challenge 2020 (DMC20) – WINNERS Announced!
26 February 2020
This year’s challenge saw four international teams emerge with accolades for developing uniquely innovative solutions for specific components, each of which are crucial in ensuring the seamless transfer of large amounts of research data across the globe. Read more about the winners and DMC20 in the NSCC Media Release..
Singapore scientists join international team to create ultrahigh-resolution brain map
15 January 2020
A group of Singapore scientists is partnering an international team to embark on creating an ultra-high-resolution 3D comprehensive map of the human brain. They signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Shaw Foundation Alumni House Auditorium. The collaboration, Synchrotron for Neuroscience – Asia Pacific Strategic Enterprise (SYNAPSE), will link the synchrotron facilities in Asia Pacific and is expected to involve more than 1,000 researchers. The SYNAPSE partners also signed a second MOU to implement a High-Performance Computing network for such data. Singapore, which will leverage the petascale supercomputing resources at the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC), is set to be the data hub of SYNAPSE.
Singapore unveils new strategy aimed at developing AI ecosystem
13 November 2019
Singapore will embark on its plan to develop and use artificial intelligence (AI) by implementing projects in key high-value sectors and building a holistic AI ecosystem, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Wednesday. He emphasised the importance of AI in Singapore’s Smart Nation vision; in creating social and economic value for the country through raising productivity and the quality of public goods such as transport, education and healthcare. Singapore’s National AI Strategy (NAIS) will see over S$500 million committed to funding activities related to AI under the Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2020 Plan, in hopes of furthering AI capabilities in these fields. Read News Article.
Singapore to invest more in digital, food tech and cell therapy R&D
27 March 2019
Following the mid-term review of the five-year Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2020 (RIE2020) plan, Singapore will be investing more in research and development (R&D) in the three areas of digital technology, cell therapy manufacturing and sustainable urban food production, including cultured meat and microbial proteins. This was announced by National Research Foundation (NRF) chairman and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat at the end of the 11th Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council Meeting on Wednesday. Read News Article.
Data Mover Challenge – WINNERS Announced!
13 March 2019
National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore, host of the SupercomputingAsia (SCA) 2019 conference held this week in Singapore, challenged the academic and commercial sector to test their tools and products on the 100G advance research and education network connecting NSCC Singapore with the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) in Australia, Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) in Korea, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in Japan and StarLight in the USA. Seven teams from the USA, Japan and international teams competed in the inaugural Data Mover Challenge with each bringing a unique approach to the problem of moving large science data sets. Read more in the NSCC Media Release..
$200 million boost to further develop the field of supercomputing in Singapore
12 March 2019
Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) will pump in S$200m to upgrade the country’s supercomputing infrastructure in a bid to provide research institutions and universities with wider access to high-performance computing capabilities. Speaking at the opening of Supercomputing Asia 2019 (SCA19)on 12 March, Singapore finance minister Heng Swee Keat said the investment, which is part of the S$19bn Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) 2020 plan, will provide 15 to 20 petaflops of high-end computing performance – equivalent to the computing power of a million laptops.
2018 APAC HPC-AI Student Competition Sharpens Weather Forecast Accuracy and Image Recognition to Deliver Improved Real-Life Results
27 August 2018
Co-organised by the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore and HPC-AI Advisory Council, the competition brought together 18 student teams from 7 Asia Pacific countries for a 5-month challenge. The competition yielded winning solutions that can improve the real-life accuracy for weather forecasts and image recognition. Participants utilized NSCC Singapore’s ASPIRE 1 (Singapore’s only Petascale Supercomputer) and were able to perform multiple and complex calculations and simulations, processing ImageNet dataset and CONUS 2.5km data in under ten minutes. Read more in the NSCC Media Release.
Pawsey enters its first international agreement with Singapore’s National Supercomputing Centre
3 April 2018
The National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore is Pawsey’s first international partner as NSCC and Pawsey signs an MOU to boost HPC scientific collaboration. Read more in the NSCC Media Release.
SupercomputingAsia 2018 (SCA18) Kicked Off with Focus on How Artificial Intelligence and High Performance Computing Converge to Transform the Way We Live
27 March 2018
Graced by Senior Minister of State, Dr Janil Puthucheary from the Ministry of Communications & Information and Education, the three-day conference kicked off this morning amidst a global wave of interest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it converges with High Performance Computing (HPC) and the technologies relating to them, to transform the way we live. Read more about the happenings of the inaugural annual conference in the NSCC Media Release.
NVIDIA and NSCC to Set Up First Shared AI Platform for Singapore National Programmes
24 October 2017
NVIDIA and Singapore’s National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) today signed an agreement to establish a platform to bolster artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities among its academic, research and industry stakeholders and in support of AI Singapore (AISG), a national programme set up in May to drive AI adoption, research and innovation in Singapore. Called [email protected], it will provide AI training, technical expertise and computing services to AISG, which brings together all Singapore-based research and tertiary institutions. Read more in the NSCC Media Release.
National Supercomputing Centre Singapore and Global Gene Corp Sign a Strategic Collaboration in Support of Singapore’s Precision Medicine Initiative
The National Supercomputing Center (NSCC) Singapore and Global Gene Corp (GGC), genomics platform company backed by EDB Singapore, exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to benefit the future of Singapore’s Precision Medicine Initiative. The collaboration allows GGC to leverage NSCC’s High Performance Computing (HPC) platform for genomics applications and for NSCC to tap on GGC’s expertise to create the next generation supercomputing infrastructure which will benefit genomics and the precision medicine initiative in Singapore. Read more in the NSCC Media Release.
Peter Ho, Chairman of NSCC Steering Committee Addresses HPC Future Plans and launches Inaugural NSCC Awards at the Third Supercomputing Frontiers Conference 2017
14 March 2017
Stakeholders of the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore aim to build on its early growth momentum to elevate supercomputing in Singapore into the next phase. This includes dovetailing NSCC’s future plans into the S$19 billion national RIE2020 masterplan, said Peter Ho, Chairman of NSCC Steering Committee. Giving the opening address at the third edition of the Supercomputing Frontiers (SCF) Conference yesterday, Mr Ho observed that “Singapore is only at the start of developing and implementing a HPC strategic roadmap”. Read more in the NSCC Media Release.