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European Commission serious about supercomputing ...

Exascale supercomputing

University of Tsukuba, Xtreme-X supercomputer now in operation ...

European Commission announces plan to double HPC investments in Europe ...

Computer scientists collect computing tools for next-generation machines ...

The Cloud

MTU selects Altair as its strategic partner for CAE pre- and post-processing and HPC workload management solutions ...

Red Hat expands subscription portability to the Cloud with Amazon Web Services ...

Accenture opens new research & development lab in Beijing to develop technology innovations for clients in China and Asia-Pacific region ...

BonFIRE opens 600,000 euro call for future Internet experiments and Cloud provider ...

Atos, EMC and VMware to form an open Cloud computing strategic alliance ...

HP boosts partner revenue opportunities in Cloud and services ...

VMware partners with Peake Healthcare Innovations to deliver new collaborative medical imaging Cloud ...

Oracle announces general availability of MySQL Cluster 7.2 ...

Yabi: An online research environment for Grid, High Performance and Cloud computing ...

EuroFlash

Total selects SGI for world's largest commercial HPC system ...

CURIE speeds up European research ...

Next generation of supercomputers - HECToR and BlueGene/Q - for UK researchers launched ...

EU-U.S. HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences Summer School to be organized in Dublin ...

Open competition at the 4th PRACE Industrial Seminar 16th & 17th April 2012 in Bologna, Italy ...

Emerson Network Power to demonstrate next generation communications platform from Intel, codename 'Crystal Forest' ...

Swisscom joins Red Hat Cloud ecosystem ...

USFlash

Adaptive Computing forms software development partnership with NCSA ...

SGI ICE supercomputer speeds to benchmark record ...

World's greenest supercomputer heads to Melbourne to boost health research ...

C-DAC wins NASSCOM Innovation Award 2012-Runner Up in New Technology Advancement ...

C-DAC develops Biochrome ...

Handbook of Data Intensive Computing evaluates the state-of-the-art in new field ...

Gearing up for data deluge from world's biggest radio telescope ...

HP accelerates server market transformation with self-sufficient HP ProLiant Gen8 servers ...

StackIQ updates Rocks+ infrastructure management solution for Big Data and High Performance Computing ...

HP opens new revenue opportunities for qualified partners with flexible storage services ...

$8.5 million research initiative will study best approaches for quantum memories ...

HP introduces new thin clients ...

European Commission serious about supercomputing

21 Feb 2012 Brussels - The European Commission (EC) has published a communication "High-Performance Computing: Europe's place in a Global Race" in which it proposes to the European Union, the industry and the Member States to double the efforts in HPC from 630 million euro in 2009 to 1.2 billion euro per year. This is needed not only to get HPC on the same level as in the USA and Japan, but also to support a European HPC industry. To this end, Europe's strength in applications should be used, according to the EC, as a starting point. There is almost no HPC industry in Europe. The EC sees protective measures in for instance the US as one reason, while foreign multinationals are free to transfer results from European funded projects - Intellectual Property Rights (IP) - to outside Europe. The EC wants to level the international playing field by raising "inequalities in HPC market access in its ICT Dialogues and trade negotiations with the countries concerned". Or it "may apply additional exploitation obligations" to new EC funded research projects. So the EC wants the US to open the US HPC market to European companies, or it will no longer allow US multinationals to transfer EC funded HPC knowledge to the US.

PRACE is seen by the EC as the main vehicle for creating a European HPC infrastructure. It enourages member states and companies to support PRACE and make use of its infrastructure.

Following the world trend in exascale supercomputing, the EC proposes to establish hardware and software co-design centres. In addition centres of excellence should be established for the application of HPC in scientific or industrial domains that are most important for Europe, the EC says.

The EC sees a big number of challenges ahead that need to be overcome to make Europe competitive in HPC on a world scale. There is still a fragmentation of public HPC services across Europe. Each country, or region has its own small - on a global scale - HPC centre. Overall, the European Union is spending less on HPC than for instance the USA that has double the budget.

It is very difficult for European HPC vendors to sell in the US and other foreign markets because of national regulations in these countries.

The EC also sees the limited interaction between industry and acadmia with regard to the exploitation of supercomputers as problematic. Also the lack of a skilled HPC work force is a problem. Or, as the EC says: "Scientists that look after the computational tools and application codes often do not have an attractive career path."

The Communication outlines what needs to be done according to the EC. It is an Action Plan with four objectives:

  • Provide a world-class European HPC infrastructure, benefiting a broad range of academic and industry users, and especially SMEs, including a workforce well trained in HPC;
  • Ensure independent access to HPC technologies, systems and services for the European Union;
  • Establish a pan-European HPC governance scheme to pool enlarged resources and increase efficiency including the strategic use of joint and pre-commercial procurement;
  • Ensure the EU's position as a global actor.
It will now start working on the implementation of this Action Plan with the Member States. A report about the results is planned for 2015.
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Primeur weekly 2012-02-20

Special

European Commission serious about supercomputing ...

Exascale supercomputing

University of Tsukuba, Xtreme-X supercomputer now in operation ...

European Commission announces plan to double HPC investments in Europe ...

Computer scientists collect computing tools for next-generation machines ...

The Cloud

MTU selects Altair as its strategic partner for CAE pre- and post-processing and HPC workload management solutions ...

Red Hat expands subscription portability to the Cloud with Amazon Web Services ...

Accenture opens new research & development lab in Beijing to develop technology innovations for clients in China and Asia-Pacific region ...

BonFIRE opens 600,000 euro call for future Internet experiments and Cloud provider ...

Atos, EMC and VMware to form an open Cloud computing strategic alliance ...

HP boosts partner revenue opportunities in Cloud and services ...

VMware partners with Peake Healthcare Innovations to deliver new collaborative medical imaging Cloud ...

Oracle announces general availability of MySQL Cluster 7.2 ...

Yabi: An online research environment for Grid, High Performance and Cloud computing ...

EuroFlash

Total selects SGI for world's largest commercial HPC system ...

CURIE speeds up European research ...

Next generation of supercomputers - HECToR and BlueGene/Q - for UK researchers launched ...

EU-U.S. HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences Summer School to be organized in Dublin ...

Open competition at the 4th PRACE Industrial Seminar 16th & 17th April 2012 in Bologna, Italy ...

Emerson Network Power to demonstrate next generation communications platform from Intel, codename 'Crystal Forest' ...

Swisscom joins Red Hat Cloud ecosystem ...

USFlash

Adaptive Computing forms software development partnership with NCSA ...

SGI ICE supercomputer speeds to benchmark record ...

World's greenest supercomputer heads to Melbourne to boost health research ...

C-DAC wins NASSCOM Innovation Award 2012-Runner Up in New Technology Advancement ...

C-DAC develops Biochrome ...

Handbook of Data Intensive Computing evaluates the state-of-the-art in new field ...

Gearing up for data deluge from world's biggest radio telescope ...

HP accelerates server market transformation with self-sufficient HP ProLiant Gen8 servers ...

StackIQ updates Rocks+ infrastructure management solution for Big Data and High Performance Computing ...

HP opens new revenue opportunities for qualified partners with flexible storage services ...

$8.5 million research initiative will study best approaches for quantum memories ...

HP introduces new thin clients ...