ETP4HPC on behalf of EXDCI we were at Supercomputing'16 where we organised:

Birds-of-a-Feather Session 

on Wednesday 16th November

Room 155-A

from 10.30am to 12pm

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The Full Programme is available here, and also, presentation slides of the BoF are available here.

THe BoF Report is available here.

During this BoF session the European HPC technology and application projects showcased their work, aiming to seed new collaborations with international partners, to accelerate progress in Exascale research and development.

Within the European HPC effort, a number of projects are running plus funding has been guaranteed for further investments in a variety of areas covering the entire HPC system stack and application expertise (see for a full description).

We highlighted the most important areas of these technologies and applications, discuss opportunities for international collaboration, and identify key mechanisms required to facilitate this process. Project representatives will be present to facilitate networking.


Full description of BoF Session

The European strategy for supercomputing is built around a Strategic Research Agenda, created by ETP4HPC (an industry-led think tank whose objective is to build a world-class HPC technology value chain in Europe and to increase the global market share of European HPC vendors). The strategy has been set out within the European Commission's Framework 7 programme by a portfolio of now familiar collaborative projects (CRESTA, DEEP/ DEEPER, EXA2CT, EPiGRAM, Mont-Blanc, and NUMEXAS), which have together built a vibrant technology community characterised by a strong understanding of the needs of end users and application developers. These projects were presented at Birds-of-a-Feather sessions in previous conferences.

Within Horizon 2020, €700 million has been allocated to continue the pursuit of this strategy, with an initial wave of 19 projects commencing in the second half of 2015, addressing the topics of:

  • HPC core technologies and architectures;
  • Programming methodologies, environments, languages and tools;
  • APIs and system software for future, extreme scale systems; and
  • New mathematical and algorithmic approaches to computing at extreme scale.

The European Centres of Excellence (CoEs) in Computing Applications develop the European expertise in the area of HPC applications. They cover areas such as Energy, Biomedicine, Materials, Climate, and application performance.

Subsequent Horizon 2020 calls will focus on co-design, extreme-scale demonstrators (HPC system prototypes) and the continuation of basic technology development. They will be another round of CoEs to strengthen the European resources in the application area.

This BoF highlighted topical and significant results of the European HPC Technology and Application programme and explore opportunities for and benefits of international collaboration in the context of European investment in extreme scale computing. The goals of the session are:

  • To showcase key successes from the first wave of R&D projects to the wider community. To publicise the areas in which European HPC projects seek international collaboration to those interested in cooperating with European HPC projects and organisations.
  • To identify the mechanisms needed to stimulate and sustain collaboration (such as, networking opportunities in Europe and elsewhere, focused joint workshops, funded actions), with the objective to formulate a proposal for relevant funding agencies.

Material, including a European HPC Handbook, was available prior to the meeting at, providing background reading on the European HPC Technology and Application Ecosystem and more detailed information on the projects that make up the ecosystem. Project members were present at the BoF to provide additional information.

The target audiences are: Organisations and project teams that are interested in cooperating with European projects/ organisations; funding agencies; technology providers; ISVs facing multi-core/ new architectures disruption; HPC service providers interested in technology development; and research or industrial users of advanced HPC systems.

This BoF session is a follow-up on the SC15 BOF, which was a huge success (> 120 attendees – we would need double the size of a room this time). Similar BoF sessions, presenting the European Exascale projects, were held at SC11, 12 and 13 and also the S’14 ETP4HPC BoF, in which the landscape of the European HPC Ecosystem was outlined and a discussion was initiated on the areas of international collaboration.