ETP4HPC Webinar - Industrial Use of HPC: the standpoint of large European companies



11am- noon CEST


Fostering the use of HPC by the industry is one of the pillars of the European HPC Strategy implemented by EuroHPC. However, the needs of industrial users are extremely diverse and complex.  The objective of ETP4HPC 's Industrial User Working Group is to gain a better understanding of  these needs and to suggest to EuroHPC  adequate support and mechanisms in research in the area of technology provision, application development, infrastructure and support.


This webinar is a follow-up of  our successful November 2020 webinar, which led to very interesting exchanges with four industrial users, representing both small and large organisations. This time we will focus on very large industrial users: representatives of Airbus and Thales  have accepted our invitation to share and discuss their specific experience of HPC, their needs,  what resources and support they would expect from the HPC Community. 




11:00 Introduction, Sai Narasimhamurthy, SEAGATE

11:05 HPC for military applications: some examples and next steps, Jean-Paul Martinaud and Thierry Collette, Thales

11:25 HPC at Airbus - Future challenges, Gerd Büttner, Airbus

11:45 Q&A moderated by Sai Narasimhamurthy and Jean-Philippe Nominé, CEA

12:00 End



- Jean-Philippe Nominé, CEA, Vice-chair of ETP4HPC for Research

- Sai Narasimhamurthy, SEAGATE, Vice-chair of ETP4HPC for Industry



- Jean-Paul Martinaud and Thierry Collette, Thales


In January 2019, Thierry Collette became the director of the digital research group at Thales Research France. The group deals with embedded computing infrastructures and AI algorithms, and designs and transfers innovations in the six GBU of Thales. Previously, Thierry Collette was the CTO of the European Processor Initiative (EPI) in 2018 and the division VP in charge of technological development for embedded systems and integrated components at CEA Leti & List for eight years. Before that, he was the deputy director in charge of programs and strategy at CEA List. From 2004 to 2009, he managed the architectures and design unit at CEA, a unit focused on embedded computing architectures, embedded reliability, and computer vision. He obtained an electrical engineering degree and a Ph.D in microelectronics. He contributed to the creation of five CEA startups: ActiCM in 2000 (bought by CRAFORM), Kalray in 2008, Arcure in 2009, Kronosafe in 2011, and WinMs in 2012.”


Jean-Paul Martinaud received the Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics from the University Pierre et Marie Curie Paris VI, France, in 1984. He joined Thales Systèmes Aéroportés, Elancourt, France, in 1984. His research interests are numerical method for Maxwell equations and their application to circuits, antennas, radomes and stealth. Since 1989, he is responsible for hardware modelling.”



- Gerd Büttner,  Airbus


Gerd Büttner started HPC activities more than 20 years ago with ccNUMA architectures (HP V-Class and Superdomes). He deployed first small distributed Cluster based on X86 architecture (AMD) in 2001 at Airbus. He was leading the HPC harmonization projects and activities up to 2014, including the deployment of the first HP HPC container solution in Europe 2008. Since 2015 he has been working in R&T to discover / develop new solutions for Airbus.


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