Strategic Research Agenda 2017 (SRA) Preparation


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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 second edition of our Strategic Research Agenda and Multi-annual Roadmap (SRA 2) had been completed by the end of 2015. It was printed, disseminated and open for comments in early 2016. ETP4HPC then carried out further work, in particular in the area of Extreme scale Demonstrators (‘EsDs’: prototypes of the future European HPC systems, building on the H2020-funded R&D).

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). This document will be used by the EC to define the details of the calls in this part of the programme. 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, it also paves the way towards the next issue (SRA 3, due in Q3 2017) by revising and updating all of the research areas, which have the following Work Groups:

  • 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)

ETP4HPC organised a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) kick-off meeting for their next issue, (SRA 3), with SRA work group leaders and with several invited HPC experts attending. The agenda was as follows:

  • 10:30 Welcome and agenda review
  • 10:45 New trends and requirements
  • 10:45-11:15    BDVA: Sonja Zillner, Nenad Stojanovic
  • 11:15-11:45    CoE: Peter Bauer      
  • 11:45-12:15    EXDCI-WP3: Stephane Requena
  • 12:15-12:45    EuroLab-4-HPC: Paul Carpenter, Theo Ungerer
  • 12:45-13:15    HiPEAC: Marc Duranton

Working Lunch

  • 14:00-14:30    BDEC: Mark Asch
  • 14:30-15:00    IPCEI-road-map (Jean Gonnord)    
  • 15:00-16:00    SRA-structure: what is new, what to change?
  • 16:00-17:00    Process, next meetings, next steps

Presentations can be consulted here.

ETP4HPC is inviting all its members to partake in the writing of the next issue of the SRA and upcoming events related to the preparation of SRA 3 are as follows:

  • 18th May: EsD – Round-table during HPC summit
  • 3-21 April  2107 - SRA 3 'Popular' input - all SRA 3 Contributors (i.e. the ETP4HPC members listed in SRA 3 Working Groups) are requested to submit their bottom-up contributions. The input obtained will be reviewed by the relevant SRA 3 Working Groups. Please contact the Office for the details of this process.
  • 19th May: SRA 3 Workshop - Developing SRA Strategic Analysis and High-Level Technical Analysis (FETHPC projects, CoE, HPC centers, system integrators, technology providers)
  • 22nd June: Workshop at ISC with industrial users (“how to benefit from EsDs?”)
  • March-June: writing, interlock with workgroups
  • July: integration, tuning, review
  • 31st July: completion target
  • 15th September: release and distribution after WP17 call closure

Slides on WorkProgramme

Slides on SRA 3 kick-off meeting


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