Industrial Use of EsDs

European HPC Extreme-scale Demonstrators Workshop for Industrial End Users

@ International Supercomputing Conference 2017, Frankfurt,

Marriot Hotel Frankfurt, Hamburger Allee 2, 60486 Frankfurt am Main, Germany,

22nd June 2017 – 9.30am – 4pm


In its Strategic Research Agenda (SRA – available at, ETP4HPC recommends building and deploying HPC prototype systems (i.e. ‘Extreme-scale Demonstrators’, EsDs) as part of the HORIZON 2020 HPC R&D programmes. These systems are expected to demonstrate a high Technical Readiness Level (TRL 7-8) through technical characteristics such as scalability, power efficiency and packaging density at exascale level.

The benchmarking, evaluation and the use of these multi-peta-flop machines as innovative compute platforms via scientific and industrial applications is key: it can expected that related HORIZON 2020 calls will explicitly stipulate the evaluation and use of these systems by industrial HPC users.

HPC users should consider the EsDs as samples of their future production systems. In this workshop potential deployment scenarios and user expectations will be discussed. The European HPC Industrial End User community (i.e. companies using HPC systems in their daily business) will have an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the EsD concept and share their expectations in relation to the future system. The users will be requested to present the application they would like to run on the future systems and also other requirements the EsD would have to meet.

This meeting will (1) provide insight into the EsD concept and its setup, and (2) allow interested industrial HPC users and ISVs to express needs and expectations regarding the potential use of EsDs:

  • Presentation by EsD Experts: Extreme-scale Demonstrators: scope, project structure, and deployment 
  • Industrial Users: Presentation of their use of HPC, their applications and workflows, and their expectations towards EsDs
  • Joint discussion and next steps:   
  • Recommendations for EsD project implementation
  • Open discussion on follow-up workshops for industrial high-end HPC users

Please find the agenda here.

Apart from involving the leaders of the ETP4HPC SRA Working Groups, we expect that this workshop will create an opportunity for representatives of the HPC Technology Projects and Centres of Excellence and System Integrators to familiarise themselves with the needs of Industrial HPC Users in terms of the future Extreme-scale Demonstrators. This would be the last EsD Workshop before the expected publication of the EsD-related call. We also assume that there might be some other topics to discuss following some previous events (e.g., the EsD Round-table on 18th May 2017, Barcelona).

These are the presentation slides from EsD experts: Introduction, Marc Duranton, CEA; Hans-Christian Hoppe, Intel

These are the presentation slides from Industrial Users: Thomas Gerhold, DLR; Ani Anciaux Sedrakian & Sébastien Schneider, (IFPEN); Andrea R. Beccari, Dompé farmaceutici S.p.A; Alain Refloch, Onera; Gabriel Staffelbach, CERFACS; Andrea Benassi, CHIESI FARMACEUTICI S.p.a.; Dr.-Ing . Fouad el KHALDI, ESI Group.

For further information, please contact the Office.

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