The National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC) of NARLabs is the only national laboratory that provides integrated high-performance computing (HPC), networking, and storage services in Taiwan. NCHC continues improving the infrastructure, information security, and technology of cloud computing to provide a secure, efficient, and uninterrupted service platform and a cloud data center with multiple data backup facility. ba
sed on its current foundations in HPC, cloud computing, and networking, NCHC contributes to improve the academic environment, foster domestic cloud industry, and promote scientific discoveries as well as technology innovation.
Taiwan's 100G Research and Education Network Officially Begins Operating
Taiwan's 100G research and education backbone network jointly established by the Ministry of Education, the National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC) of NARLabs, and Academia Sinica officially began operating on October 6, 2016. It has not only upgraded Taiwan's research and education network to 100G for high-performance applications, but has also made strides toward a new milestone...more
River and bridge image detection and monitoring system
Through autonomous positioning using laser beam and real-time image analysis, the system can obtain crucial parameters that are often difficult to obtain at the site of river and bridges, including water level and flow velocity of rivers and cracks in bridges. The system can be used safely and conveniently because users need not to be at the site personally to measure the parameters or to place reference objects...more
I-Flyover, a Geographic Information Platform
To facilitate the sharing of information related to geographic information system and disaster prevention, NCHC developed the i-Flyover platform by integrating computational resources, search function, and application software to solve problems of big data and computation. I-Flyover serves as an internet platform for information sharing, which enables users to "fly over" Taiwan and observe every corner of the island.
Ezilla: Using Ezilla to realize education cloud
Ezilla can help service providers to easily construct private cloud and enable users to use cloud services through internet connection at any time and place. The Open Source Software Application Consulting Center of the Ministry of Education and New Taipei City government have used Ezilla to construct education cloud for all schools, that eliminates the boundary of traditional teaching in computer classrooms and enables students to connect to education cloud at any time and place.
Big Data Analysis Platform
NCHC constructed a big data analysis platform called Braavos, which is the largest computing platform for open big data in Taiwan. The platform comprises 302 nodes and 1-PB storage space and provides a number of analysis software types, such as Storm and Spark, enhancing national R&D capability and technology competitiveness.
3D special effects simulation and cloud rendering
Enhanced cloud browsing and developed accelerated special effects algorithms
The upgrading of NCHC Render Farm allows remote users to directly browse and manipulate complex 3D software operating procedures on the Render Farm's graphic processing unit (GPU) computing nodes via a prototype cloud desktop system, which shortens users' animation processes. Furthermore, NCHC completed the GPU-accelerated milkcrown simulation technology that accelerated simulation performance of the splashing water droplets, formed when a falling drop hits the water surface, from 3.2 to 5.5 times better than the simulation performance done by CPUs. In the future, the technology will be applied to the production of visual special effects involving splashing water.
Disaster Management Information Platform
The platform integrates the systems of information, model, management, and display. It allows users to search information of various disasters such as large-scale collapse, flood disaster, climate change, drought and water resource, and earthquake and to develop the prevention technologies including disaster management. Therefore, the information owned by various governmental agencies can be accessed and exchanged conveniently.