The Association “National Centre for Supercomputing Applications” (NCSA) isfounded on April 23, 2009 as a non-profit, non-governmental, non-political and nonreligiousorganization. The main goals of NCSA is to conduct activities in publicbenefit, which includes the stimulation and development of science, knowledge,skills, research and intellectual capital of Bulgarian graduates, masters and doctoralstudents, research teams, companies, organizations and academic community inexploiting the possibilities of high-performance computing resources.
As founders of the Association were attracted 12 prominent representatives ofacademia and the government with strong knowledge and experience in followingareas: parallel architectures, algorithms and supercomputing applications; computersystems; physics; medicine; biology; applied mathematics; environment as well asthe strategic policy development in ICT sector.
In June 2009 was singed a contract between NSCA and the State Agency forInformation Technology and Communications (at present, Ministry of Transport, ITand Communication) to leverage their efforts and resources in the area of highperformance computing (HPC).
NCSA will contribute to the achievement of the goals and tasks defined in WP 2, WP3, WP4, WP5 and WP 7 of the 1IP project. Some of the main efforts will be towards:organization of training, workshops (for the South Eastern Europe) as part of WP3;and adaptation of system software and tools, as well as algorithms and standardsfrom operating systems and software accelerators to parallelising compilers for multipeta-flop performance; and simulation and related pre- and post-treatment (e.g.visualisation) for state-of-the-art supercomputing environments, including validationand verification of application programmes as part of WP7.