The strategic research agenda (SRA)

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The ETP4HPC Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) is our key deliverable. It is a document that outlines a roadmap for the achievement of exa-scale capabilities by the European High-Performance Computing (HPC) ecosystem. The milestones set in the SRA are used to define the contents of the HPC Technology R&D Work Programmes managed by the European Commission.

The SRA tackles the development of European HPC technology across the following areas: HPC System Architecture and Components, System Software and Management, Programming Environment, Energy and Resiliency, Balance Compute, I/O and Storage Performance, Big Data and HPC usage Models,  Mathematics and algorithms for extreme-scale HPC systems and Extreme scale demonstrators (the latter two were not present in the first SRA).

The areas feed into a model that we are using in order to develop the European HPC Technology roadmap. This model assumes a balanced development of four main areas (or 'dimensions') in order to deliver a balanced and efficient ecosystem that would serve the European economy and Citizen. This multi-dimensional model is depicted in the picture below and it is explained in detail here.


ETP4HPC maintains the SRA on a continuous basis. The first SRA was issued in 2013 and we published an update (SRA 2) in November 2015 in order to facilitate the definition of the HPC technology project calls with the Horizon 2020 programme.

The SRA is the work of experts associated with ETP4HPC. We also welcome comments from other stakeholders and experts. In order to facilitate this process we have opened a Public Call for Comments.


 The SRA reflects the needs of the European HPC Technology providers and other members of the European HPC eco-system, i.e.: PRACE (academic users), industrial HPC end-users, Independent Software Vendors. We have also used the conclusions made available by other initiatives such as HiPeac, EESI and PlanetHPC. We have also talked to the Big Data community (represented by the Bid Data Value Association).

The roadmap was developed through a series of internal and external workshops. A team of ETP4HPC experts supervised and managed the process, while the technical areas were developed by Working Groups led by members of ETP4HPC. All members of ETP4HPC are able to participate in the development of the SRA.

The next SRA is scheduled for 2017 and we are starting work on it in the second half of 2016.

Example of SRA 2 Milestones:

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