Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) - Work Programme 2018-2020 preparation


The preparation of the FET Work Programme 2018-2020 under H2020 started in the beginning of 2016 with various inputs been collected, mainly during this year, from a wide range of stakeholders. This document will be used by the EC to define the details of the calls in this part of the programme.

In the last quarter of 2016, the European Commission approached ETP4HPC with a request to develop a draft of the next Work Programme in the area of HPC, covering the period from 2018 to 2020 (‘WP18-20’ – the third phase of Horizon 2020). As in the case of High Performance Computing, input from the European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing (ETP4HPC) will be used, and in particular its Strategic Research Agenda 2017 (SRA). ETP4HPC launched a number of Working Groups (WG) reflecting the current structure of its SRA.

Whilst the WP18-20 document mirrors the directions included in the current issue of the SRA 2 issued in November 2015, it also paves the way towards the next issue (SRA 3, due in Q3 2017) by revising and updating all of the research areas.

These WGs were:

  • HPC System Architecture
  • System Software and Management
  • Programming Environments
  • I/O for data-centric extreme scale computing
  • Energy Efficiency and Resiliency at Exascale
  • Big Data Use Models
  • Focused research on mathematical methods and algorithms
  • Extreme-scale Demonstrators (EsDs)

All members of ETP4HPC were invited to take part in the work of these groups, which attracted more than 150 participants. The Office managed the writing of the WP18-20 document, and a series of Working Group calls and a workshop with the EC were organised during its writing. The document was initially approved by the ETP4HPC Steering Board on 15th December, 2016 (at its meeting in Munich) and was sent to the EC as a draft. The final delivery took place on 31st January, 2017, following further work with the EC, and since then ETP4HPC gave its comments on the WP2018-20 feedback from the EC on 15th of March, 2017.

Apart from being based on the contents of SRA 2, this document reflects the work carried out on the EsDs. The final version of the EsD proposal, included within the document, has been shaped through a number of workshops involving ETP4HPC members, FETHPC Projects, HPC users (Centres of Excellence in Computing Applications (CoEs) and Big Data Value Association (BDVA), HPC integrators, and the EC - as the funding body. The WP18-20 draft also includes the text of the next CoE call. This was developed by a group of representatives of current CoEs.

Furthermore, we had worked with BDVA in order to synchronise our respective roadmaps of proposals. The outcome of this work is the following structure of the HPC calls:

  • EsDs covered by two calls:
  1. 2018 with a focus on technological excellence towards Exascale
  2. 2020 with a focus on expanding the deployment space of HPC
  • Centres of Excellence in 2018
  • Research and Innovation Actions with two project sizes in 2019
  1. Major system level co-design projects involving significant hardware investments
  2. Large software development project or projects focusing on specific research topics
  • HPC ecosystem development and international collaboration (CSA – Coordination and Support Action) in 2019

This effort will be furthered and will be detailed into the next SRA (SRA 3 is being developed now – a kick-off meeting took place on March 20th, Munich, which will serve as the reference for future related calls in the Work Programme 2018-2020).

Slides on WorkProgramme

Slides on SRA kick-off meeting


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