Strategic Research Agenda (SRA)

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


What is the SRA?

The roadmapping of the European HPC technology research is the main aim of our Association and the ETP4HPC Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) is our key deliverable. We have now issued five instances of our SRA, which have served as the basis for the HPC R&D Work Programmes to date. We make this SRA available to the EuroHPC JU and in particular its RIAG (Research and Innovation Advisory Group) with a view to basing the European HPC technology research programme on the findings of this SRA.

For SRA5, we have 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 are 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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