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New Blueprint lays out Strategic Research Agenda for HPC in Europe

The European ETP4HPC initiative has published a blueprint for the new Strategic Research Agenda for High Performance Computing.

This blueprint sketches the big picture of the major trends in the deployment of HPC and HPDA methods and systems, driven by the economic and societal needs of Europe, taking into account the changes expected in the underlying technologies and the overall architecture of the expanding underlying HPC infrastructure.

The objective of this document is to answer two key questions that arose as the European High Performance Computing ecosystem approached the end of the Horizon 2020 research program:

  • What will be the role of High-Performance Computing in the 2021-2027 period?
  • How should one derive the main HPC research priorities for the next framework program?

The blueprint outlines the “big themes” that will drive the selection of research priorities as potential building blocks of the future research calls in High Performance Computing. The methodology used in the process of preparing the Agenda and providing it as an input into EuroHPC’s internal mechanisms is also explained.

The deployment of “High-Performance Computing” is undergoing a significant change and the term ‘HPC’ no longer applies to only supercomputers in large datacenters but also a compute infrastructure supporting simulation, modeling and data analysis in a digital computing continuum, as outlined in the chapter on “Deployment structures”. Furthermore, core HPC technologies and methodologies are being used to enable concurrent processing to permeate all levels of that digital computing continuum. Research on both HPC applications as well as on HPC technology will expand from the current fields deploying HPC solutions to adjacent fields to address AI, Data Analytics and IoT-related challenges.

Several workshops and collaborative sessions are planned throughout 2019. The analysis of a diverse set of “digital continuum use scenarios” will play a significant role in determining the research focal points for the next SRA. Ultimately, the recommendations given in the next Agenda will serve as input to the research and innovation advisory process assisting the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking in the definition of its R&D&I work program for the period 2021-2024 (and beyond).

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