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Join on these late summer days in the heart of the Danish capital, next to the charming Tivoli Gardens for insightful discussions, networking opportunities, and knowledge sharing. You will meet speakers from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, who will share their experiences and insights on the application of HPC in their respective companies.

This event is arranged by the National HPC Competence Centres of the Nordic countries and Dansk Industri. The Nordic National HPC Competence Centres serve as a comprehensive resource for companies. We provide support in AI and HPC technology adoption, from developing competence and training to assisting with funding applications and access to supercomputers.

Danish Industry – DI – is Denmark’s largest and most influential business and employers’ organisation, covering manufacturing as well as service industries across sectors such as transport, energy, IT, health, trade and professional services.

Who Should Attend?
The Nordic Industry Days are specifically designed for professionals and leaders in industry, high-tech startups, and SMEs who are interested in leveraging AI, HPC technology and Quantum Computing to drive their business forward. Whether you’re a startup founder seeking to understand how these technologies can give you a competitive edge, a business leader looking to stay ahead of the curve, or a professional in the field eager to network and learn from peers, this event is for you.

Why Attend?
Attending the Nordic Industry Days will provide you with a platform to connect with like-minded individuals, learn from industry experts, and gain insights into how AI and HPC can help companies succeed in the digital age. This is your chance to stay ahead of the curve, be part of the conversation shaping the future of the industry and discover how these technologies can drive growth and innovation in your business.

Register now and stay tuned for the full conference program. We look forward to welcoming you to Copenhagen in September 2024!

Nordic Industry Days 2024
“Supercomputing, the gateway to AI”

Monday, 2 September 2024

12-13 Registration, Lunch and Networking at DI

13:00-13:45 Opening
Welcome on behalf of EuroHPC, Evangelos Floros, Head of Infrastructure Sector at EuroHPC JU, Lars Rasmussen, Senior Advisor DI Digital and Dennis Lange Wollbrink, Leader of EuroCC Denmark, the Danish National Competence Centre.

Welcome All! An introductory on the importance of supercomputing (HPC) within industry. We will in so many words describe the necessity and importance of utilizing European supercomputers to ensure the competitiveness of European businesses on a global scale. In a dual-sided keynote presentation you will be informed on both a European front and a more local front on why Supercomputing is essential in the pathway to successfully developing and implementing AI.

This session is moderated by Dennis Lange Wollbrink, Leader of the Danish National Competence Centre.

13:45-14:30 AI Factories
Keynote European Commission tbc

An in-depth introduction to the latest addition in AI development provided by the European Union. AI factories are entities which provide an AI supercomputing service infrastructure. The amended regulation will make the EU’s supercomputing capacity further available for innovative European start-ups and SMEs to train their AI models and develop their projects.

This session is moderated by Dennis Lange Wollbrink, Leader of the Danish National Competence Centre.

14:30-14:45 Coffee Break
Networking and Visiting the Exhibition

14:45-16:00 How can you grow a business with supercomputing
SME Cases and panel discussion hosted by an NCC with Dictus, Iceye (FI) SiloAI

This enlightening session will explore the transformative power of supercomputing in small and medium-sized enterprises. It will feature insightful presentations from three innovative SMEs: Dictus, leveraging over 15 years of experience in speech technology; Iceye, providing near real-time intelligence for natural catastrophe response; and SiloAI, Europe’s largest private AI lab. The talks will be followed by a panel discussion offering a deep dive into the practical applications and business growth potential enabled by supercomputing.

This session will be moderated by Thor Wikfeldt, head of ENCCS, the Swedish National Competence Centre.

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break
Networking and Visiting the Exhibition

16:30-18:15 Use cases from large industry

Welcome to our Large Industry Use Case session. Here, you will meet a selection of companies that all share a commitment to leveraging advanced technologies to drive innovation and efficiency in their respective fields. 

  • Alleima, is a Swedish company and global leader in advanced stainless steels and special alloys.
  • Rambøll DK, part of the Rambøll Group, is a leading engineering, design, and consultancy firm with a strong focus on sustainable solutions in buildings, water, environment, and energy.
  • SINTEF Energy is a prominent Norwegian research institute dedicated to improving energy efficiency, developing renewable energy technologies, and optimising energy systems.

AstraZeneca is a global biopharmaceutical company renowned for its innovation in drug discovery and development.

This session is moderated by Roger Kvam, Leader of the Norwegian National Competence Centre.

18:15-18:30 Summary and Closing Day 1

19:30-22 Dinner and Networking & Drinks on the Roof Terrace of DI

Tuesday, 3 September 2024

9-9:15 Introduction of day 2 – Meet the NCCs
An outlook of the program on day 2 and an elevator pitch by the National Competence Centres of Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Sweden giving an overview of their work, challenges and success stories.

This session is moderated by Marta Schulze, Project Manager at the Danish National Competence Centre.

09:15-10 AI Meets Supercomputing
Keynote Magnus Sahlgren, AI Sweden

In this keynote presentation, Magnus Sahlgren, Head of Research for Natural Language Understanding at AI Sweden, will provide an overview of the rapid advancements in open Large Language Models (LLMs) with a special focus on the Nordic region. Discover whether the Nordics are keeping pace with global developments in this dynamic field and explore the current state and future potential of open LLMs in Europe.

This session will be moderated by Thor Wikfeldt, head of ENCCS, the Swedish National Competence Centre.

10-10:30 Coffee Break
Networking and Visiting the Exhibition

10:30-11:45 Emerging AI Use Cases on HPC
Talks and Panel with DBC (Dansk Biblioteks Center), Supersight LTD

The session “Emerging AI Use Cases on HPC” will feature presentations and a panel discussion with innovators in both industry and the public sector. Supersight Ltd will showcase their development of crypto-specific Large Language Models (LLMs), while DBC (Danish Library Center) will demonstrate their utilisation of AI in library services. The talks and following panel discussion will explore emerging and cutting-edge applications of AI leveraging the power of supercomputers.

This session will be moderated by Ingrid af Sandeberg, “af Sandeberg SWAT” Stockholm.

11:45-13 LUMI and other HPC resources available for industry
Per Öster, CSC – LUMI Supercomputer, Europe’s flagship supercomputer; Viktor Rehnberg, Chalmers – AI use cases on HPC, TBD – Arrhenius Supercomputer

A presentation of Europe’s flagship supercomputer, Lumi, and all the insights as to how a supercomputer enables companies, industrial entities and others to develop, integrate and utilize AI within a vast range of different settings and scenarios. Through a combination of technical insights and case-based demonstrations this session will provide knowledge on how your company, institution or organization can benefit from the usage of supercomputer facilities.

This session is moderated by Dennis Lange Wollbrink, Leader of the Danish National Competence Centre.

13-14 Lunch at DI, Networking and Visiting the Exhibition

14-15:30 Creating opportunities for industry users
Lightning talks by SMEs with EuroHPC AI Support Centre, EuroHPC AI Factories, Johan Kristiansson (ColonyOS), Alan O’Cais (MultiXscale)

Various EuroHPC initiatives support industrial users who have never leveraged HPC before or would like to scale their AI workloads to make the most of the EuroHPC infrastructures provided. A selected panel from these initiatives will pave the way for an interesting, lively and interactive ‘Fish Bowl’ discussion. This discussion will focus on how those support initiatives and existing infrastructures match the needs of industry in general and SMEs in particular, ensuring that all participants are engaged and part of the conversation. Selected participating SMEs will be allowed for ‘lighthouse talks’ to present their business ideas and HPC infrastructure/support requirements.

This session is moderated by Morris Riedel, Leader of the Icelandic National Competence Centre.

15:30-16 Summary and Closing of the Conference