Sep 29, 2015 12:40 PM to Sep 30, 2015 12:40 PM
(Europe/Berlin / UTC200)


Rome (IT)


Joachim Biercamp (coordinator), Peter Bauer (co-coordinator)

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Participants: for CoE and FETHPC projects funded by the Horizon 2020 work programme 2014-2015, on invitation of the EC.

Organizer: EXDCI and ETP4HPC

Agenda: http://www.prace-ri.eu/exdci-coe-rome/

Location: Rome (IT)

Background: First "get to know each other" meeting of the CoE and FETHPC projects. The event is organised by EXDCI, a FETHPC coordination and support action. The event is co-located with the ETP4HPC general assembly taking place on 29 September in the morning and a meeting of the FETHPC projects on 30 September.ESiWACE has been invited to network with the other projects and EU-funded initiatives. The European Commission recognised the need for an EU-level policy in HPC to optimise national and European investments, addressing the entire HPC ecosystem and adopted its HPC Strategy on 15 February 2012.

The implementation of the European HPC strategy in Horizon 2020 is supported through three pillars working in synergy:

  • Developing the next generation of HPC technologies, applications and systems towards exascale: The scope is R&D of HPC technology covering the whole spectrum from processors and system architectures to high-level software and tools to delivering prototype exascale systems and associated applications according to specifications. This pillar is supported by the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme.
  • Providing access to the best supercomputing facilities and services for both industry including SMEs and academia: this includes support to PRACE as well as to support actions to facilitate HPC take-up by industry (including SMEs). This pillar is supported by the e-infrastructures programme.
  • Achieving excellence in HPC application delivery and use: this will support the establishment of Centres of Excellence (CoEs) to focus and coordinate support to the application of HPC in scientific or industrial domains that are most important for Europe. This pillar is supported by the e-infrastructures programme.

A strong cooperation with the HPC stakeholders is key for the success of the HPC strategy. A contractual Public-Private Partnership on HPC (cPPP on HPC) was established in January 2014 between the Commission and the European Technology Platform for HPC (ETP4HPC) to develop an ambitious R&I strategy. The cPPP covers the pillars (1) and (3) above.

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