The IDC today announced that they have been awarded a contract by a European Commission billed to develop a strategic agenda for high performance computing in Europe. IDC will be working with the likes of Teratec, Daresbury Laboratory, Leibniz-Rechenzentrum, and Forschungszentrum Jülich. The study is supposed to provide “the research and analysis needed to increase the HPC capabilities available for the advancement of open science and to increase the competitiveness of the European Union in the supply and use of HPC systems.”
Commenting on the study’s purpose and scope, Chris Ingle, associate vice president of Consulting at IDC, said, “This is a critical moment for high performance computing leadership. Europe has been a leader in this field in the past and, with the right investments, can continue to develop a strong HPC industry and benefit from the use of HPC in science and throughout society.”
Gabriella Cattaneo, director of Competitiveness & Innovation Policies & Strategies, Europe, at IDC Government Insights, added, “A policy agenda for HPC will help support the European Commission’s goal to develop EU ICT infrastructures for e-science, strengthening the European scientific research and high-tech capabilities.”
The contract will include a detailed analysis of HPC investments and funding structures globally as well as the direct impact of HPC on scientific and industrial leadership. For more info on the IDC contract, read their full release here.