we are An industry-led THINK-TANK of european HPC technology stakeholders

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 (i.e. the provision of supercomputing systems). We issue and maintain a Strategic Research Agenda as a mechanism to help the European Commission define the contents of the HPC Technology Work Programmes. We also act as the “one voice” of the European HPC industry in relations with the European Commission and national authorities. ETP4HPC was formed in October 2011.

The importance of HPC for Europe was regonised by the EC in its Communcation: 'High Performance Computing: Europe's place in a Global Race' (Feb 2012). This key document also stipulates the creation of a European Technology Platform for High-Performance in order to align the efforts of the European HPC technology providers and faciltate the emergence of a globally competitive HPC industry in Europe.

 

High Performance Computing (HPC) plays a pivotal role in stimulating Europe’s economic growth. HPC is a pervasive tool allowing industry and academia to develop world class products, services and inventions in order to maintain and reinforce Europe’s position on the competitive worldwide arena. HPC is also recognised as crucial in addressing grand societal challenges. “Today, to Out-Compute is to Out-Compete” best describes the role of HPC.

TO SUSTAIN ITS COMPETITIVENESS, EUROPE NEEDS TO ENHANCE ITS INNOVATION CAPABILITIES USING HPC.

HOWEVER:

  • Today, HPC is mostly used in large HPC research centres and some large enterprises. It needs to become much more pervasive across the entire industry, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • While Europe represents a significant portion of the world’s available HPC resources, only a fraction of that technology and infrastructure is developed in Europe.
  • Other regions invest considerably more in new technologies, architectures and software for HPC systems, gaining a substantial competitive edge over Europe.

THIS ETP WAS FORMED FOR TWO REASONS:

  • The Horizon 2020 Programme (and other future programmes) calls for a solid and energetic engagement in defining the HPC research content.
  • We are at a crossroads: whilst new business models demand a new way of deploying – and designing – HPC systems, the technologies used today will not support the requirements of the next ten years. Thus, new approaches, technologies and methodologies are required.

We must “act now”. Otherwise, the societal and economic benefits of a vibrant HPC ecosystem will not be realised.

 

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