Digital Day 17, March 23, 2017, Rome


"Europe as a global player in High Performance Computing"

This event was organised as part of the sixty years' celebration of the Treaty of Rome. The High-Performance Computing (HPC) session took place on the morning of  23 March, and highlighted the strategic importance of HPC as a key enabler to embrace digital technologies for socio-economic growth. There were 300 attendees, with over 40 ministers representing all of the member states. You can read the agenda here and also view a video of the morning session here.

There was a signing of a declaration to collaborate on HPC by 7 countries (France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland and Spain). You can read the declaration here.

The session was then centered on two panel discussions. The first panel was focused on the areas where HPC and data infrastructures can raise Europe's scientific capacity, industrial competitiveness and help address societal challenges; while the second discussed how Europe can become one of the top supercomputing powers in the world and why this is important. You can read details on this panel discussion 'How Europe Can Attain World Leadership in HPC' here and you can also view a video of the morning session here, which includes the signing of the declaration and also the two panel discussions.

In the afternoon of 23 March, there was a workshop on*HPC governance*. Europe needs to set up adequate governance mechanisms to define, deploy and in the long term run world-class computing and data infrastructures and to ensure their wide use by scientific, industrial and public stakeholders. The workshop was  an opportunity for a discussion with the participating stakeholders on requirements and suitable governance structures. You can read more here.

The event was by invitation only.  Jean-Pierre Panziera, Atos/Bull & ETP4HPC Chair, and Hugo Falter, ParTec & ETP4HPC secretary attended this event.

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