The European Commission aims to integrate different areas together by combining for example data and computing. Other topics are HPC, European e-Infrastructures, virtual research environments, but also specific e-Infrastructure skills. The aim is to bring together computer experts and scientists by discovering the talents in between.
Europe wants to bring HPC more at the forefront in H2020 by focusing on three pillars: exascale computing, which is not part of the e-Infrastructure programme being however an absolute H2020 topic; establishing Centres of Excellence focused on the development of coding for exascale, and e-Infrastructures to support HPC. In addition, much attention is paid to open access and open data to help close the digital divide and to make all research digital.
The first call starts in April. Calls for the majority of this programme component will follow in September with a few to remain at the beginning of 2015. The big dream is to create one single integrated e-Infrastructure for Europe, the so-called e-Infrastructure Commons as highlighted in the e-IRG White Paper. There is still a long way to go but Europe is working hard to bring together the building blocks for the integrated e-Infrastructure.