Strategic Technology Agenda for DestinE

ETP4HPC is extremely proud to make a contribution to the ambitious DestinE programme that will push the limits of computing and climate sciences

ETP4HPC in DestinE

ETP4HPC has been approached by ECMWF – a long-time member of our association – to provide a Strategic Technology Agenda (STA) for DestinE. Our track record in producing Strategic Research Agendas for European HPC with a large community of experts, in influencing multiple research work programmes, and our role as coordinator of the TransContinuum Initiative (TCI) played a decisive role in this choice.

This cooperation with ECMWF takes the form of a subcontracting agreement for a project named “Strategic Technology Agenda for DestinE “ (code name DE_380) which will run from September 2022 to April 2024.

ETP4HPC will perform the work by leading a consortium of partners involved in the TCI: Alliance for IoT and Edge Computing Innovation IVZW (AIOTI), Big Data Value Association (BDVA), European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO), European Service Network of Mathematics for Industry and Innovation (EU-MATHS-IN), High Performance Embedded Architecture and Compilation (HiPEAC) represented by Ghent University (UGENT), and 6G Smart Networks and Services Industry Association (6G-IA).

Each partner organisation provides experts covering its domain, thus forming an outstanding pool of best-in-class expertise that covers the full breadth of ECMWF’s needs and expectations.

With ECMWF, the project’s experts will first obtain an understanding of the technical challenges to be tackled during the course of DestinE’s lifetime, with a focus on the first years. Then based on their findings, they will produce white papers on the identified challenges, spelling out their strategic recommendations to DestinE. Our experts involved in the Strategic Technology Agenda for DestinE will apply the proven methodology they already applied in the use case analyses deployed in the TCI.

Story on the ECMWF's website: ETP4HPC to support Destination Earth’s technology agenda and roadmap 

Peter Bauer, ECMWF: keynote at the ETP4HPC Conference 2023

The team involved in the Strategic Technology Agenda for DestinE

  • Michael Malms (ETP4HPC Office) is the technical coordinator of this project,
  • Caroline Blanke (ETP4HPC Office) is the project manager,
  • and the Management Team includes, besides Michael and Caroline, the ETP4HPC chair Jean-Pierre Panziera, the ETP4HPC Secretary-administrator Hugo Falter, and the ETP4HPC Treasurer Guy Lonsdale

The three experts provided by ETP4HPC are:

  • Craig Prunty (SiPearl),
  • Hans-Christian Hoppe (ParTec),
  • Utz-Uwe Haus (HPE).

About Destine

Destination Earth (DestinE), is an initiative of the European Commission to create digital twins of our planet so as to better predict the effects and build resilience to climate change.

DestinE will develop a highly accurate digital model of the Earth to monitor and predict the interaction between natural phenomena and human activities. The initial focus will be on the effects of climate change and extreme weather events, their socio-economic impact and possible adaptation and mitigation strategies. Through the unprecedented observation and simulation capabilities of DestinE, empowered by Europe’s HPC systems and AI capacity, we will be better prepared to respond to major natural disasters, adapt to climate change and predict the socioeconomic impact. By consolidating access to valuable sources of data across Europe, DestinE represents also a key component of the European strategy for data.

DestinE will be developed gradually through the following milestones:

  • By 2024: Development of the core service platform, the data lake and the first two digital twins on extreme natural events and climate change adaptation.
  • By 2027: Further enhancement of the DestinE system and integration of additional digital twins and related services.
  • By 2030: A ‘full’ digital replica of the Earth.

The EC has entrusted three organisations with the implementation of the first phase of DestinE:

  • the European Space Agency (ESA) has the responsibility of the Core Service Platfom that will provide evidence-based decision-making tools, applications and services, based on an open, flexible, and secure cloud-based computing system;
  • the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) will operate the Data Lake that will consolidate pre-existing Copernicus data, ESA/EUMETSAT/ECMWF data and other sources;
  • the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) will build the digital twin engine and the first two digital twins.
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