F2F in Sofia

Met my colleagues from the DEEP-EST research project in Sofia, Bulgaria. Overall, a very productive meeting on our heterogeneous supercomputer. Also interesting discussions on the recent “Quantum Supremacy” research, as the Quantum Computer is also located at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, our coordinating partner.

Sofia was fantastic, very friendly people and fantastic local cuisine (blown away to be honest).

Meeting at CERN

A few of my colleagues represent CERN in our research project, applying their research on our co-designed supercomputer prototype. This time our project met at CERN in beautiful Geneva and I had the pleasure of being able to visit the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS ) 100 meters underground. Usually this is not possible due to radiation, but we had luck as the CMS currently undergoing an update (which will apparently take 2 years). An amazing experience, and one could not help but be in awe of the scale and ambition.

Fog Detection with Deep Learning

Today we started with a Kick-off meeting for a new an exciting Deep Learning research project, a collaborative effort between the University of Iceland, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, and the research arm of the Royal Dutch MET office (KNMI).

For the next months our task will be to train fog classifiers based on millions of images captured by hundreds of cameras along the Dutch highways. Differing lighting conditions, fog-categories, movable cameras, and bird-droppings are among the few things we have to take into consideration for our model.

International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) 2018, Valencia, Spain

I attended the IGARSS conference in Valencia, Spain, where I hosted a High-Performance-Computing (HPC) tutorial with Gabriele Cavallaro from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre. Its a large conference and a professional society of the IEEE.

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Additionally, I presented my conference paper which deals with scaling Support Vector Machines (SVMs) for very large datasets using HPC.

Deep Learning Course Supervisor, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Germany

A two day, hands-on, workshop on Deep Learning (DL), which I co-supervised. Attendees got to know about, and train, Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) on the JURECA supercomputer at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) using remote sensing input datasets.

For further details I refer to the web page of the course´s main supervisor, Prof. Dr. Morris Riedel.

Echt:Natur – A Mobile App for German Nature Reserves

Am very proud to present Echt:Natur, one of my contractor App projects that has come to fruition. The App was developed for the Michael-Succow-Stiftung to function as a guide for eleven nature reserves distributed over north-eastern Germany.  I was mainly responsible for the Android and back-end software development.

Here you can find more information on the mobile application, including download links.

DEEP-EST Iceland Meeting

A complete two day face-to-face meeting in Iceland in the DEEP-EST project. Co-designing the next generation supercomputer prototype is no easy task, especially given the vastly different applications from the software application partners, such as the University of Iceland which I represent on the project. The meeting was a splendid success and I can´t wait to run my applications on all of the new hardware (which I can´t tell you about yet)