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Video: Europe’s HPC Strategy

Leonardo Flores from the European Commission

In this video from the HPC User Forum in Milwaukee, Leonardo Flores from the European Commission presents: Europe’s HPC Strategy.

“High-Performance Computing is a strategic resource for Europe’s future as it allows researchers to study and understand complex phenomena while allowing policy makers to make better decisions and enabling industry to innovate in products and services. The European Commission funds projects to address these needs.”

Societal, scientific and economic needs are the drivers for the next generation of HPC – computing with exascale performance (computers capable of performing 10 to the power of 18 floating point operations per second).

  • All scientific disciplines are becoming “computational” today. Modern scientific discovery requires very high computing power and capability to deal with huge volumes of data.
  • Industry and SMEs are increasingly relying on the power of supercomputers to invent innovative solutions, reduce cost and decrease time to market for products and services.
  • HPC is part of a global race. Many countries (USA, Japan, Russia, China, Brazil, India) have announced ambitious plans for building the next generation of HPC with exascale performance and deploying state-of-the-art supercomputers.

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:

  1. Developing the next generation of HPC technologies, applications and systems towards exascale: this will engage a European-wide effort to develop autonomous technology to build exascale systems and novel applications within ~10 years. 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.
  2. 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). PRACE will plan and manage the eco-system of Tier-0 resources at the EU level and its articulation with national (Tier-1) HPC resources and their evolution in time. This pillar is supported by the e-infrastructuresprogramme.
  3. 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.

These pillars are complemented with awareness raising, training, education and skills development in HPC.

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