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MONTUS Workshop #7 - 05-07 Septembre 2002 - Ferrara (Italie)

Workshop #7 du projet MONTUS du 05 au 07 septembre 2022 à l'Université de Ferrara (Italie)

MONTUS Workshop

Heterogeneous Computing for Environmental Data Analytics

Ferrara, 5–7 September, 2022


On September 5, the International workshop Heterogeneous Computing for Environmental Data Analytics, the seventh meeting in the framework of the European project MONTUS (Master On New Technologies Using Services) was started. It brings in Ferrara, from 5 to 7 September 2022, researchers from 12 Institutions of France, Belgium, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia.

The project, funded by the European Erasmus+ programme, is the natural continuation of the TORUS European project, which since 2015 has tackled the study of environmental data in an integrated way, involving scientists with very different disciplinary backgrounds.

The collaboration has, as its final goal, the creation of an International Master which will be based at the Vietnam National University in Hanoi. Southeast Asia is a crucial area for the development of new technologies and new sensitivities in the environmental field, considering the very rapid economic and industrial development and the major environmental problems that must be faced.

Researchers, experts in chemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics, Earth sciences, architecture and ecology, work in synergy with the awareness of being part of a project that leads to a common and unifying vision of the meaning of multiple environmental data, which traditionally are treated individually. Young people who will be trained in this approach will have new tools, both at a technological and scientific method level, to face the great challenge of environmental sustainability.

"In particular - explains Prof. Luca Tomassetti - the Ferrara group deals with the transfer of computing technologies developed for experimental and theoretical fundamental physics, and brings to the collaboration its knowledge of high-performance scientific computing, and the long experience in the management and processing of large amounts of complex data, necessary for the study of environmental sciences. "

During this workshop, participants from the various countries involved analyze, under the guidance of UniFe researchers, the results obtained from satellite data, altitude probes and various types of ground sensors, through the use of heterogeneous computing techniques. "This approach - underlines Prof. Fabio Schifano - consists in using different hardware devices (CPU, GPU, FPGA) in synergy, using each of them for specific tasks, thus allowing to speed up simulations and data analysis that, relying on the capabilities of individual processors alone, would require much longer processing times. "

"One of the most interesting aspects of this project - says Prof. Eleonora Luppi - is the involvement of many different scientific areas, in a strongly transdisciplinary spirit, essential to be able to face this complex problem using a holistic approach, necessary for studying environmental degradation. It is now imperative to study and find solutions that reduce the impact of human activities on the health of our planet ".

"The ambition of the MONTUS project - explains Prof. Nathalie Hernandez of the University of Toulouse, coordinator of the project - is to give impetus to the development of new computing technologies for environmental sciences in the countries of South East Asia in a transdisciplinary context ".

The Ferrara group is formed by Eleonora Luppi and Luca Tomassetti, from the Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, and Fabio Schifano from the Department of Environmental and Prevention Sciences. In addition, PhD student Andrea Miola, research fellow Giada Minghini and INFN technologist Enrico Calore also collaborate in the activities of the project.


MONTUS Ferrara WorkshopAgenda

Monday Sept. 5th 08:30 AM - 01:00 PM (Room F6)

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Welcome address (E. Luppi, N. Hernandez)
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Introduction to GPU Architectures (F. Schifano)
  • 09:30 - 10:15 CNN for crop classification on GPU based systems (part I) (A. Miola)
  • 10:15 - 10:45 Coffee break
  • 10:45 - 11:30 CNN for crop classification on GPU based systems (part II) (A. Miola)
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Accelerators beyond GPUs (E. Calore)
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Guidelines for recording the videos (N. Hernandez)
  • 13:00 - 14:00 WELCOME LUNCH

Tuesday Sept. 6th 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM (Room F6)

  • 08:30 - 10:15 Presentation of the Master of Civil Engineering of the VNU
  • 10:15 - 10:45 Coffee break
  • 10:45 - 12:00 Feedbacks on the contributions of the MONTUS project (ENSA -LRA Feedback presented by Serge Faraut)
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Administrative information with Lucie
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Review of the book chapters
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch break
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Usage of the ITC platform

Wednesday Sept. 7th 08:30 AM - 01:00 PM (Room F4)

  • 08:30 - 10:15 Record of the videos
  • 10:15 - 10:45 Coffee break
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Preparation of the closing workshop in Hanoi



The University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès (UT2J, France), the Toulouse National School of Architecture (ENSA Toulouse, France), the International School of Information Processing Sciences (CYU, Pau campus, France), the University of Ferrara in Italy, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB, Belgium)  the Faculty of Engineering and Technology of Vietnam National University (VNU, Vietnam), the Hanoi Architectural University (HAU, Vietnam), Nong Lam University - Ho Chi Minh City (NLU, Vietnam), the university of Danang (UD, Vietnam) the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT – Pathumthani, Thailand), the Walailak University (Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand), the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA, Cambodia) and the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC, Cambodia). 


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