Strategic Research Agenda (SRA)

The elaboration, maintenance and dissemination of the European advanced computing technology roadmap, i.e. the ETP4HPC Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) is the main mission of our association. The SRA delineates the technological path for all stakeholders of the advanced computing value chain and related technologies.

Preparing SRA 6

ETP4HPC is currently working on its SRA 6, with a deadline of November 2024. The authors of this document are the members of ETP4HPC. Work has been divided into the following Working Groups. Each group has a leader and co-leaders: 

Research Domains 

  • System Architecture - Lead: Estela Suarez, JSC, Co-Lead: Nico Mittenzwey, Megware and Fabrizio Magugliani, E4)
  • System Hardware Components - Lead: Marc Duranton, CEA; Co-Lead: Craig Prunty, SIPEARL
  • System Software and Management - Lead: Pascale Rosse-Laurent, Eviden, Co-Lead: Manolis Marazakis, FORTH
  • Programming Environment - Lead: Paul Carpenter, BSC, Co-Lead: Gabriel Antoniu, INRIA (BDVA)
  • I/O & Storage - Lead: Sarah Neuwirth, University of Mainz
  • Mathematics & Algorithms - Lead: Dirk Pleiter, KTH, Co-Lead: Utz-Uwe Haus, HPE
  • HPC Usage - Lead: Erwin Laure, MPCDF, Co-Leasd: Andreas Wierse, SICOS
  • Non Conventional Architectures - Lead: Tobias Becker, MAXELER, Co-Lead: Robert Haas, IBM RESEARCH
  • Ecosystem Technologies - Lead: Marc Duranton (CEA), Co-Lead: Collaborators from CCI

Thematic Trends

  • Federation - Lead: Hans-Christian Hoppe, FZJ & ParTec)
  • Quantum+ HPC - Lead: Kristal Michielsen, FZJ, Co-Lead: Valeria Bartsch, ITWM
  • Energy Efficiency & Sustainability - Lead: Sagar Dolas, SURF, Co-Lead: Andreas Wierse, SICOS, Ondrej Vysocký, VSB
  • Distributed Data Analysis at Scale - Lead: Manolis Marazakis, FORTH, Co-Lead: Maria Perez, UPM), Gabriel Antoniu, INRIA
  • AI and Foundational Models - Lead: Maria Perez, UPM, Co-Lead: Andy Forrester, Hypeaccelerator)


This is the current draft of its chapter on Industrial Use of HPC (Industrial Users: On the usage of EuroHPC machines), which forms the basis for a discussion to take place oat our ISC'24 BoF Session (1pm-2pm,14 May 2024, Hall E, ISC Hamburg). 


The latest edition is SRA 5, the fifth edition of the SRA, published in October 2022. Read it online below or download the PDF.



For SRA5, we organised the experts - representing the members of ETP4HPC - who would like to contribute to this SRA into the following Working Groups. 

ETP4HPC Strategic Research Agenda 5 (SRA 5) Working Groups 

  • System Architecture - leaders Laurent Cargemel (Atos), Estela Suarez (JSC), Herbert Cornelius (Megware)
  • System Hardware Components - leaders Marc Duranton (CEA - HiPEAC), Sakir Sezer (NVIDIA), Craig Prunty (SIPEARL)
  • System Software and Management - leaders Pascale Rosse-Laurent (Atos), Maria Perez (UPM - BDVA), Manolis Marazakis (FORTH)
  • Programming Environment - leaders Guy Lonsdale (Scapos), Paul Carpenter (BSC), Gabriel Antoniu (INRIA - BDVA)
  • I/O & Storage - leaders Andre Brinkmann (JGU - Mainz), Sai Narasimhamurthy (Seagate)
  • Mathematics & Algorithms - leaders Dirk Pleiter (KTH), Utz-Uwe Haus (HPE)
  • Application Co-design - leaders Erwin Laure (MPCDF), Andreas Wierse (SICOS)
  • Centre-to-edge-framework - leaders Jens Krueger (Fraunhofer), Hans-Christian Hoppe (Scapos)

(the following two groups were new in SRA5)

  • Quantum for HPC - leaders Valeria Bartsch (Fraunhofer), Cyril Allouche (Atos), Walter Ries (IBM Research), Kristel Michelsen (JSC)
  • Non-conventional HPC Architectures - leaders Johannes Schemmel (KIP-HD), Steve Furber (University of Manchester, Oskar Mencer (Maxeler), Tobias Becker (Maxeler), Robert Haas (IBM Research)


While preparing SRA5, ETP4HPC regularly issued White Papers, short documents tackling technical issues pertaining to European HPC. The findings of the White Papers were re-used in the SRA and others streams of work such as the TransContinuum Initiative. The full list of White papers is available here>>



A bit of history

ETP4HPC maintains the SRA on a continuous basis. The first SRA was issued in 2013 and we published an update (SRA 2) in November 2015. SRA 3 was published in December 2017, and our latest SRA 4 at the beginning of 2020.


The SRA is the work of experts associated with ETP4HPC. We also welcome comments from other stakeholders and experts. In order to facilitate this process we open Public Calls for Comments.


 The SRA reflects the needs of the European HPC Technology providers and other members of the European HPC ecosystem, i.e.: PRACE (academic users), industrial HPC end users, Independent Software Vendors. We have also used the conclusions made available by other initiatives such as HiPEAC, EESI and PlanetHPC. We also talk to the Big Data community (represented by the Big Data Value Association).

The roadmap is developed through a series of internal and external workshops. A team of ETP4HPC experts supervise and manage the process, whilst the technical areas are developed by Working Groups led by members of ETP4HPC. All members of ETP4HPC can participate in the development of the SRA.



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