Taiwan-Korea Bilateral Workshop with KISTI
On March 12th and 13th at NCHC's Hsinchu, Taiwan headquarters office, the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL) met with the Korea Research Council of Fundamental Science and Technology (KRCF) for their first bilateral workshop. In order to encourage international exchange and cooperation, both parties carried out in-depth discussions on their common disciplines including information technology (IT), instrument design, space technology, and nano technology.
Per the topic of IT, the National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC), under the NARL, and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) carried out discussions on their respective service content offerings and their experience promoting high-performance computing (HPC). On a side note, in 2011, KISTI successfully urged the Korean government to pass legislation regarding the promotion of HPC, thus, helping to assure stable, ongoing governmental investment in Korea’s HPC development. In addition, KISTI promoted its HPC services to small and medium domestic enterprises and successfully built an industrial service platform that the NCHC can learn from.
Each year, the Korean government’s administrative authority supports a fund of about USD$2 million which small and medium-sized domestic enterprises can apply for. After the application review process, approximately 20-30 organizations are awarded use of KISTI's professional services including supercomputing resources, engineering analyses, training, and consultation services. KISTI also serves as a data center providing scientific database services on high energy physics, biomedicine, climatology, nano technology, and other fields of science.
Both parties also discussed the development of their individual education and research platforms for scientific and engineering computing. During these discussions, the two parties discovered that both have nearly identical visions of how to advance national education and their research environments via such a service platform. The platform that KISTI is developing is called EDucation-research Integration through Simulation On the Net, or EDISON. KISTI will use its IT infrastructure to build an integrated environment for high-tech education and research. EDISON will provide KISTI-developed scientific and engineering simulation software to academic, research, and industrial users for the purpose of R&D and education.
EDISON currently aims at five major categories: Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Chemistry, Nanophysics, Computational Structural Dynamics, and Multidisciplinary Optimization. The NCHC is also currently developing a scientific and engineering simulation service platform based on open architecture and modularity. In the first stage of its development, Molecular Dynamics and Engineering, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), and Structural Biology will be the focus applications.
In the meeting, both parties had nearly identical expectations of achieving the goal of integrated development and same service orientation towards academic, research, and industrial circles. This similarity helps to establish a solid foundation for continued bilateral cooperation between the NCHC and KISTI. KISTI was very impressed with the NCHC’s developments and, after an initial discussion with KRCF, proposed a preliminary collaborative project, the focus of which is on Cyber-Learning. In the future, it is expected that additional cooperative agreements will be implemented as well.