6th cPPP for HPC Meeting, November 8, 2016, Brussels


The contractual Public-Private Partnership (cPPP) for High-Performance Computing held their sixth meeting at Beaulieu, Brussels, on November 8th, where ETP4HPC’s Steering Board (the EC’s partner in the cPPP) and representatives from 8 Centres of Excellence (CoEs), plus PRACE as guest, met with members of the EC.

Thomas Skordas, of the DG for communication networks, content and technology (DGCNECT) for the EC, started the meeting. During his presentation many topics were presented, and amongst them were: HPC is a high priority for the directorate now, along with quantum technologies; an eminent announcement of a working document ‘Initiative expands beyond H2020’ will be made; pre-exasclae and exascale systems are planned to be deployed in the timeframe respectively of 2020 and then of 2022; the importance of strong collaboration between the HPC and Big data PPP and international cooperation and, impact assessment.

The main discussion during the meeting was based on the definition of Work Programme 2018-20:

  • the need for continued technological R&D, so-called FETHPC programme fed by ETP4HPC Multi-annual roadmap
  • the need for Extreme-scale Demonstrators (EsDs) re-using FETHPC R&D, with a discussion on the number of these prototypes,   which would be necessary to obtain a variety of architectures for different use cases, with co-design of building blocks versus co-design of architecture. A timeline of this is being laid down. Further discussions between the EC and ETP Working Groups will be held within several weeks.
  • The future of Centres of Excellence, again with discussion on funding, topics and how to articulate with existing CoEs

The next cPPP meeting will be held during the European HPC Summit Week, 15th to 19th of May, 2017, in Barcelona.

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