ETP4HPC was represented by Bull's CEO, Philippe Vannier and CINECA's HPC Director, Sanzio Bassini, while Vice-President of European Commission and European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes represented the Commission. The HPC cPPP is one of the five new PPP's created within the Horizon 2020 Programme in addition to the four PPP's already operating in the Commission's previous programmes.
This agreement paves the way for a structured dialogue between the Public side (the EC) and the Private side (the ETP) in order to facilitate the achievement of research and investment objectives in the area of HPC technology provision, application development and sustainable HPC infrastructure. The EC's financial contribution to this research programme is 700 million euros (142 million in 2014-2015) and for each euro invested by the Public side, the Private side is expected to generate another four euros worth of research, innovation, investment and commercialisation. The ultimate objective of this research programme is to increase Europe's competitiveness, create jobs, stimulate innovation and build a world-class HPC value chain.
According to Jean-François Lavignon of Bull, Chairman of ETP4HPC, "HPC will play an instrumental role in stimulation Europe's innovation and research capabilities. This agreement ascertains that HPC will receive the attention, co-ordination and investment levels required in the future research programme, taking into the account the needs of all HPC eco-system stakeholders: the supply chain, industrial and academic users as well as infrastructure providers. We are ready to embark on a programme to build a globally competitive HPC industry that will serve the needs of the European user."
The cPPP will remain open to the other two pillars of the HPC Eco-system, i.e. the HPC research infrastructure, i.e. PRACE, and the Centres of Excellence in Computing Applications, to be established soon.