ETP4HPC Webinar: SRA 5 - Federating HPC, Cloud, and Data Infrastructures



11:00 - noon CET


ETP4HPC is extremely proud to present the SRA 5, the 5th edition of our Strategic Research Agenda. This recommended roadmap for European HPC technology research was developped in partnership with 140 experts contributed by ETP4HPC members and by partner organisations.


In this second webinar dedicated to the new edition of the SRA, Dr Michael Malms, who has been coordinating the ETP4HPC's SRA effort for many years, will first give a quick overview of SRA 5 and the work involved in its preparation. 

We will then do a "deep dive" into a selected topic from SRA5: Federating HPC, Cloud, and Data Infrastructures, with Dr Dirk Pleiter, KTH. This topic was first covered in an ETP4HPC White Paper, before finding its place in the SRA5.

An increasing interest is observed in making a diversity of compute and storage resources, which are geographically spread, available in a federated manner. A common services layer can facilitate easier access, more elasticity as well as lower response times, and improved utilisation of the underlying resources. In this section of the SRA, current trends are analysed both from an infrastructure provider as well as an end-user perspective. The focus is on federated e-infrastructures that among others include high-performance computing (HPC) systems as compute resources, such as the Fenix and GAIA-X initiatives. Based on a more detailed exploration of selected topical areas related to federated e-infrastructures, various R&I challenges are identified and recommendations for further efforts formulated.




  • 11:00 Introduction and housekeeping information
  • 11:05 Introducing ETP4HPC's SRA 5 - Dr Michael Malms
  • 11:15 Federating HPC, Cloud, and Data Infrastructures - Dr Dirk Pleiter
  • 11:45 Q&A session with co-authors Andreas Wierse and Utz-Uwe Haus 
  • 12:00 End of webinar


Dr. Michael MALMS is an ETP4HPC Expert with a focus on the generation of SRA updates and future technical HPC roadmaps. He joined IBM Systems Development in Boeblingen, Germany in 1984 and has held various technical and management positions in IBM System Development in Boeblingen and in the US. His main domain was pioneering new System Architectures and Designs, during the last 10 years mainly in the area of HPC (e.g. the compute nodes for the 2004 "Mare Nostrum“ System at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center as well as for the first Petaflop "Roadrunner“ System in 2008 were both developed by his development team). He graduated from the Technical University of Aachen (Germany) in 1978 and received a PhD degree in Computer Science in 1982.


Prof. Dr Dirk Pleiter is a professor of HPC at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and director of the PDC Center for High-Performance Computing. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics. Before joining KTH he worked at the Juelich Supercomputing Centre. His research focuses on computer architectures, performance modelling and research infrastructures. He has been involved in a leading role in various HPC hardware and software co-design projects as well as in different projects for building (federated) HPC-based e-infrastructures.




Dr Utz-Uwe Haus is Head of Hewlett Packard Enterprise EMEA Research Lab. He studied Mathematics and Computer Science at TU Berlin. After obtaining a Doctorate in at the University of Magdeburg he worked on nonstandard applications of Mathematical Optimization in Chemical Engineering, Material Science and Systems Biology. He has worked as a Senior Researcher at the Department of Mathematics at ETH Zürich, and was co-founder of the Cray European Research Lab in Basel, developing the Mathematical Optimization and Operations Research group, working on data-dependency driven workflow optimization on future HPC architectures. He is currently working on secure HPC workflows, integration of HPC with Gaia-X, and large scale digital twins.


Dr. Andreas Wierse acts since 2011 as Managing Director of SICOS BW GmbH, located in Stuttgart. The company was founded by the University of Stuttgart and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) to support small and medium sized enterprises in the uptake of smart data technology and is financially supported significantly by the ministry for science, research and art of Baden-Württemberg and its shareholders Since 2014 is his also managing director of HWW GmbH, a public/private partnership for industrial use of HPC including shareholders like Porsche, T-Systems and the state of Baden-Württemberg. In May 2018 he was appointed as member of the board of DigitalSüdwest 2025 to support SMEs in the southwest on their path towards digital transformation. Since April 2019 he is chair of the Mittelstands- und Wirtschaftsunion (MIT) in Böblingen County.
He received a doctor’s degree at Stuttgart University in 2002 and finished his studies of Mathematics at Bonn University in 1991.


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