Representatives from Korean research centers visit CMM

Representatives from Korean research centers visit CMM

Representatives from Korean research centers visited the Center for Mathematical Modeling at the University of Chile. Here, they knew its developments in mining and high-performance computing.

Members of Electronic and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Kaist), Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (Kisti), and Pohang Iron and Steel Company (Posco) visited the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (FCFM, because its Spanish acronym) during the “Smart mining: exploration and opportunities between Chilean and Korean ecosystem” meeting organized by FCFM’s A New Engineering for 2030 Project, Corfo and the National Program of High Grade Mining.

They attended two talks by the CMM director Alejandro Jofré and the chair of the National Laboratory of High-Performance Computing (NLHPC) Jaime San Martín.

Jofré welcomed and introduced the center. He detailed the work of the six areas of fundamental research  and deepened in the strategic areas of applied research.

He delved into the work CMM is doing in Bioinformatics and Resource Management and its relationship with mining. In that sense, he emphasized results in bioleaching and energy. Jofré also explained progress in Mathematics Education and newer areas such as astroinformatics.

“Fundamental areas connect with applied areas, motivated by the needs of the society: public institutions, companies, etc.” he said.

CMM-Codelco smart mining initiative

According to Jofré, new issues in mining arise from underground levels that are going deeper in Chilean mines. Here, sensors are massive and distributed in underground an open pit mines. They measure engine conditions, dust, contaminants, pressure, vehicles velocities and many other variables. They are generating Gigabytes of information, but not necessarily structured, explained CMM director: “Sensors speak different languages.”

In this scenario, the aim of the CMM-Codelco Smart Mining Initiative is to install sensors in trucks, machines, and even in the workers’ uniforms.

These conform Vehicles hubs (VHUB) that communicate between them and transfer information about the activity at the mine via Bluetooth or via wifi to a central server. While these sensors are moving, this combination creates a dynamic network.

“VHUB can harmonize the telecom infrastructure with information requirements,” explained Jofré.

Finally, he stated the main challenge for decision making with this new technology: “We are dealing with local decisions versus global decisions; local risks versus global or systemic risks. There is a trade-off between global and local levels.”

Supercomputing for science

“For doing mathematics, you need a computer and a high-performance computing”, opened his talk Jaime San Martín.

He told the origins of NLHPC: “We applied for funds of the government to consolidate a national facility”. Led by CMM, main universities, research centers, and the astronomical observatories joined in the project.

“It’s used by all the researchers in Chile. It’s free to access,” remembered San Martín. “We are trying to strengthen links with government: specifically, with the ministries of Education and Infrastructure”.

With the government, NLHPC is working in human capital training and standards for data.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 in Frontpage, News