25. September 2023
High-level discussions regarding the placement of a cutting-edge supercomputer in Košice, the eastern Slovak metropolis, are in progress. The Minister of Investment, Regional Development, and Informatization of the Slovak Republic, Ing. Peter Balík, M.A., along with State Secretary, Ing. Martin Bezek, convened with key stakeholders on September 11, 2023, to deliberate the strategic positioning of advanced supercomputing technology in the region.
This pivotal meeting took place at the Center for Interdisciplinary Biosciences (CIB TIP-UPJŠ) and was warmly greeted by the Chairman of the Cassovia New Industry Cluster (CNIC) Board, Prof. RNDr. Pavol Miškovský, DrSc., and the Head of Business and Marketing, Mgr. Roman Oros. Minister Peter Balík spearheaded the delegation, while distinguished attendees included the Mayor of Košice, Ing. Jaroslav Polaček, and the Deputy Mayor, Mgr. Marcel Gibóda.
At the heart of the discussions was the potential placement of High-Performance Computing (HPC) technology, to be overseen by the Slovak Academy of Sciences. Although the specific location is still under deliberation, the genuine interest expressed by Košice, coupled with the scientific and business potential of the region, was showcased at one of Slovakia’s foremost biomedical research centers.
Slovakia, aspiring to join the ranks of countries utilizing HPC technology, is exploring a common practice among these nations: locating supercomputers in developing areas to stimulate growth and attract investments. Eastern Slovakia, with Košice as its technological hub, is undeniably well-suited to house such cutting-edge technology.
The ongoing negotiations signify a potential leap forward in the region’s technological landscape, promising both economic growth and scientific advancement. Stay tuned for further updates on this exciting development as negotiations continue.