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This newsletter gives an overview of the HPC-Europa3 programme, some testimonials, a success story from some of our recent visitors, and more!

How can SMEs and industry play a role in HPC-Europa3?

The HPC-Europa3 programme is an excellent opportunity for SMEs, ISVs and large industries to engage in knowledge transfer with academia. An important focus of the programme is to foster the use of HPC systems among SMEs. The network of host centres includes labs with strong technical-engineering characterisation and expertise. In the long term, HPC-Europa3 intends to foster technology transfer from industries and SMEs to academia, and vice versa, in order to bring SMEs into a closer relationship with the use of HPC.  

HPC-Europa3 supports Transnational Access to HPC resources in the framework of collaborative research visits. These visits may be made to HPC centres and/or scientific hosts in either academia or industry. The hosts will mentor visitors scientifically and technically to help them to fully exploit the HPC resources for their research. The visitors will receive funding for travel, accommodation and subsistence, as well as an allocation of time on the HPC resources. 

HPC-Europa3 funding can support researchers from SMEs to visit any academic institution in one of the nine partner countries providing HPC resources in the programme and vice versa. Researchers from academic institutions from the HPCE3 nine partner countries can also receive HPCE3 funding to visit ISVs and large industries.

Moreover, three workshops dedicated to SMEs will be organised during the lifetime of HPC-Europa3. These workshops aim to increase engagement between the HPC centres and the SMEs operating in their local areas and promote awareness of the advantages of using High Performance Computing in the development of new products or services to boost innovation. These workshops will be organised in Germany, Italy and the UK. 

The first SME workshop will take place already on 26-27 November in Stuttgart (hosted by HLRS) and targets the automotive sector. More details on the event can be found here
Download the poster and register for the workshop now to catch the early-bird advantage!

A success story: Airinnova AB, a Swedish SME, is the first SME to exploit the HPC-Europa3 opportunities.

The Swedish SME Airinnova AB, which is based in Stockholm, has a large network of collaborative partners, one of which is EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland. Together with EPFL, Airinnova was planning to establishing a user-friendly editor for building aircraft models by taking an aircraft common language file format CPACS, getting the aircraft model into an in-house meshing tool and then running computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations on HPC systems. When one of the Airinnova’s owners, Dr. Menmeng Zhang, learned about the travel funding for collaborative research offered by the HPC-Europa3 project, She immediately took advantage of that and applied to HPC-Europa3 for support to invite researchers from EPFL to Stockholm so they could work together on the project at Airinnova AB. 

Mr. Malcom Malo Drougard, a postgraduate student from the School of Computer and Communication Sciences, EPFL, arrived to Stockholm on the 3rd of April 2018 for a two and a half month collaborative visit at Airinnova AB. During his visit, Malo has been running extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations on the Beskow supercomputer system (CRAY CX40 system that was #32 of Top 500 list of November 2014) at KTH-PDC. He has been granted 110 thousand core hours on Beskow for this purpose and has also been provided with accommodation and a place to work at PDC. The HPC-Europa3 project has covered Malcolm’s travel and accommodation expenses, as well as providing him with some supporting funds for food.

The visit was very useful and building the above mentioned editor has significantly reduced the manual work required to do such work in future, and has thereby made the process of testing of the software far more effective for Airinnova AB.  “The visit was very successful and produced the expected results,” said Prof. Jesper Oppelstrup,  one of the owners of Airinnova AB.

What visitors say of us

"I will recommend strongly to my colleagues because it has been the best professional and personal experience of my life." (Carlos Romero Moreno, from University of Malaga (Spain) visiting UK)

"Visiting institutions with technical expertise and large computing facilities for free! What's not to love?" (Todd Joe, from University of St Andrews (UK) visiting Finland)

"It provides excellent possibilities to establish an intra-European scientific cooperation." (Paragi Gabor, from University of Szeged (Hungary) visiting the Netherlands)  ​

Visit us: HLRS

The High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) was founded in 1996 as the first German federal High-Performance Computing Center. An institution affiliated to the University of Stuttgart and member of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing, HLRS provides its computing capacities to users from academia and industry. HLRS operates state-of-the-art high-performance computing systems and technologies, offers continuing education in programming and simulations, and conducts research on groundbreaking scientific issues and technologies concerning the future of high-performance computing (HPC). The technical expertise at HLRS includes parallel programming, numerical methods for HPC, visualization, grid and cloud computing, and data analytics. The philosophy department at HLRS studies how computer simulations change science, technology development, society, and politics.

In the frame of HPC-Europa3 (until May 2021), HLRS is planning to host about 150 visitors.

The picture shows HAZEL HEN - the current HLRS mainstream HPC system (Cray XC40). The system is built of 7712 nodes and offers peak performance of 7.4 PFlops.

Our collaborations: ETP4HPC

ETP4HPC is the European Technology Platform (ETP) in the area of High-Performance Computing (HPC). It is an industry-led think-tank comprising of European HPC technology stakeholders: technology vendors, research centres and end-users. The main objective of ETP4HPC is to define research priorities and action plans in the area of HPC technology provision. 
ETP4HPC issues and maintains a Strategic Research Agenda as a mechanism to help the European Commission define the contents of the HPC Technology Work Programmes. It also acts via the contractual public private partnership (cPPP) on HPC as the “one voice” of the European HPC industry in relations with the European Commission and national authorities. From 2019 on, ETP4HPC will continue its advisory role to the EC as part of the Research and Innovation Advisory Group of the Joint Undertaking EuroHPC

Many of HPC-Europa3 partners such as CINECA, UEDIN-EPCC, BSC, USTUTT-HLRS, SURFsara, CSC, NUIG-ICHEC and KTH-PDC are partners also members of ETP4HPC, and thus an establishment of collaboration between the two was a natural development.

HPC-Europa3 project is serving as a starting point for the applicants in their natural evolution towards future deployment of HPC exascale infrastructures, while ETP4HPC defines the research priorities and action plans in the area of HPC technology provision.  The MoU signed between two project in October 2017 formalizes this natural liaison.

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