The HPC laboratory team via the Sofia University is involved in the Project HERCULES

The HPC laboratory team via the Sofia University is involved in the Project HERCULES, Funder by the EuroHPC JU (Horizon 2020).
The project aims at establishment  the first pan-European Master for High Performance Computing (HPC).
As of 15 February 2022, students can apply to EUMaster4HPC, the first pan-European Master for High Performance Computing (HPC). With funding from the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, the master programme will train the next generation of HPC experts in Europe and provide students with outstanding career prospects in the rapidly expanding field of HPC.From September 2022, eight European universities will offer EUMaster4HPC courses to a first cohort of 50 students. The eight universities are the following:  University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany), Sorbonne Université (France), Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski (Bulgaria)Università della Svizzera Italiana (Switzerland), Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan (Sweden).

By bringing together major players in HPC education in Europe, EUMaster4HPC unifies existing programmes into a common pan-European curriculum to educate students in areas such as the design, deployment, operation, and/or the use of current and future generation HPC and HPC-related technologies in Europe.

EUMaster4HPC emphasises collaboration across Europe with innovative teaching paradigms such as co-teaching and strong connections with the industry and the best specialists in HPC education to develop the most relevant and up-to-date teaching contents.

This unique pan-European curriculum will provide a coordinated approach to HPC education and training in Europe that could be adopted by other universities.

The creation of a European network of HPC specialists will strengthen mobility and mutual support between students, teachers and industrial experts. A particular focus on mobility of students and teachers will enable students to rapidly gain experience through internships and exposure to European supercomputing centres.

Students can apply online through the application form until 15 May 2022.

EUwomen4future campaign seminar

On International Women’s day, Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will co-host with President Roberta Metsola a celebratory event, in Strasbourg and online, with four prominent women, featured in the #EUWomen4future social media campaign and a recipient of the EU Prize for Women Innovators. This campaign, which ended in March 2021, put a spotlight women’s professional achievements in culture, education, sport, and science.

The seminar will take the form of a conversation between 6 accomplished women, one of which will be Prof. Ana Proykova –  HPC lab’s head.

The seminar will be livestreamed on the 8th March 2022 here: How to celebrate extraordinary women: #EUwomen4future campaign seminar | European Commission (


Intel OneAPI toolchain now available on Nestum

(За български, четете надолу)

On December 8, 2020 Intel Parallel Studio was superseded by the new Intel toolchain – oneAPI.
Starting today, oneAPI (Basic + HPC toolkit) 2022 is available on the Nestum cluster and can be used by first loading the following module:

module load intel/oneapi-2022

This will load all the necessary binaries and libraries in your $PATH (eg. icc, ifort, intel python 3.9 etc.) and $LD_LIBRARY_PATH (eg. MKL) environmental variables.
Please note, oneAPI is a major upgrade over the old Intel Parallel Studio XE! There are many new tools such as the icx, icpx compilers for Intel’s C++ superset – Data Parallel C++ (DPC++).
All the “classic” tools from the old PSXE are still available under the same names – icc, ifort, icpc etc.
More information about the new compilers can be found here:

To reduce potential issues, please use the “classic” tools, unless you explicitly need the capabilities of the new ones (e.g. you are trying out DPC++). To cite the first of the above mentioned links:

ICX is a new compiler. It has functional and behavioral differences compared to ICC. You can expect some porting will be needed for existing applications using ICC.

A comprehensive webinar on porting your code to ICX/IFX can be found here: Porting Intel Parallel Studio Code to Intel oneAPI – YouTube


На 8.12.2020 г. Intel Parallel Studio XE беше наследено от oneAPI.
От днес, oneAPI (Basic + HPC toolkit) 2022 е налично на Нестум и модулът може да бъде зараден със следната команда:

module load intel/oneapi-2022

Това ще зареди всички необходими изпълними файлове и библиотеки в променливите на средата: $PATH (напр. icc, ifort, intel python 3.9 и т.н.) и $LD_LIBRARY_PATH (напр. MKL).
Внимание, oneAPI е сериозен ъпгрейд над старото Intel Parallel Studio XE! Този пакет включва много нови инструменти като компилаторите icx, icpx за новото “надмножество” на С++ разработелно от Интел – Data Parallel C++ (DPC++).
Разбира се, всички “класически” инструменти като  icc, ifort, icpc са налични в пакета (и модула).

По подробно с новите компилатори и тулчейни може да се запознаете от статиите (на английски):

С цел минимизиране на потенциални проблеми при компилация, препоръчваме да използвате “класическите” иструменти и компилатори, освен ако експлицитно не се нуждаете от способностите на новите такива (напр. пробвате да компилирате DPC++ код).

Подробен уебинар за портване на icc/ifort код към icx/ifx може да бъде намерен тук (на английски):

Porting Intel Parallel Studio Code to Intel oneAPI – YouTube


Интервю на проф. Пройкова, ръководител на ЛВПИ, за вестник “Дневник”

По-рано тази година списание “Форбс” публикува списък на “50 жени над 50-годишна възраст“, в който беше включена и проф. Пройкова, ръководител на ЛВПИ.

Днес, 6.2.2022 г., беше публикувано и нейно интервю за известния български вестник “Дневник”: Проф. Ана Пройкова, физик: Липсата на достатъчно жени в инженерните дисциплини е сериозен проблем – Интервю – Дневник (

Статията на “Форбс” и интервюто подробно може да прочетете на горните линкове.

Masters of Digital 2022

The Masters of Digital 2022 workshop, covering various topics from the fields of AI, data science, data security and more, will take place online on 3.02.2022 9:00 – 17:00 (CET) online.

A detailed agenda for the event can be found here: agenda

Participation is free, but you should register before the event here: register

EuroCC Mentoring Workshop on Programming best practises and industrial software development

Аn EuroCC mentoring workshop covering various topics on programming best practices and software development will be held online on 11.02.2022 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (CET).

Participation is free, but you should register by February 10, 2022 12:00 PM (CET). You can do so here: register

A detailed agenda of the event can also be found here: agenda

Geneva Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication

The Geneva Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication
OAI12 – The Geneva Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication will be held virtually from 6-10 September 2021.

Participation is free, so make sure to join!

Prof.Dr. Ana Proykova talk on the 10th of September 2021:
Title: arXiv medium as a prerequisite of open access as an important component of open science
Time:10:25 (CEST)

September HPC User Forum Event Registration

We are pleased to announce that registration is open for the September HPC User Forum event, to be presented virtually!

Register by visiting the HPC User Forum website:

You may also register directly at:
All members of the worldwide HPC community are invited to join the HPC User Forum and to attend the meeting. Registration will be required in order to participate in the event.

There will be two (2) sessions per day for a total of six (6) different sessions, each exploring a range of topics featuring noted speakers and panelists.

The meeting will be streamed twice to accommodate different time zones. There will be a one hour break each day at 12:00.

The following dates/times are available for selection:
– US-friendly time zone: September 7-9: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm CDT (Central Daylight Time; each day)
– European/Asia-friendly time zone: September 8-10: 10:00 – 15:00 BST (British Summer Time; each day)

For information about sponsoring or membership in the HPC User Forum, please contact Steve Conway at or Jean Sorensen at