The reports summarizes six broad recommendations:
The 36 members of Prospect are mainly companies and research institutes in Europe. This includes typical European companies, like Bull, Clustervision and T-systems, but also subsidiaries of American and Asian companies, like IBM GmbH, Hewlett-Packard GmbH, and Mellanox Technologies Ltd.
The Prospect organisation did work about one year to create the vision document.
The vision document defines two important milestones for Europe:
So the vision of the Prospect Association should be seen in relation to the PRACE initatives. PRACE is focused much on integrating and creating TOP supercomputer centres and systems in Europe. However, Prospect feels the research and technological development in Europe is not very well coordinated. A European Technology Platform (RTP) for HPC would be needed that defines the research priorities that reflect those of the market vendors and end users.
The research priorities, according to Prospect should be defined by industry, and the proposed work programmes should enable direct funding into areas with the highest market value.
In the technology area, Prospect proposes to focus on technological barriers that might hinder industry progress in the most competitive areas. This would requires a gap analysis of market objectives, industry capacities and technological challenges.
For Europe to implement this vision, Prospects estimates that about 12 Billion Euro of investments are needed, from public funding organisations in the European Union and from individual countries and from private investors. Currently the investments are estimated to be 600 million Euro per year.
But when we invest this amount of money during the next decade, Prospect expects that by 2020 Europe will be a global leader in inventions that successfully exploit HPC resources. HPC will provide increasingly accurate predictions on phenoma that impact European citizens, such as weather, climate exchange and epidemics. They also expect HPC will enable Europe to achieve world-leading levels of energy-efficiency in areas such as electricity generation and transmission, transport, supply chain management and product design. Thanks to HPC, Europe will also lead in energy-efficiency by 2020.
More information on Prospect and the vision documents can be found at http://www.prospect-hpc.eu .