Catherine Rivière, Chair of the PRACE Council, underlined the importance of PRACE as the provider of 80% of HPC capacity for research in Europe: "In three years, some real breakthroughs have been realised because of the possibility to have access to big computers", stated Catherine Rivière. But with the US, China, and Japan making continuous strides, "it is essential for European countries to keep access to such capacity and to make the best use of HPC in the upcoming years."
Her words were echoed by Konstantinos Glinos, Head of the e-Infrastructure Unit at DG Connect in the European Commission, who believes that "the EU has all the necessary know-how and skills to hold its own in the supercomputing race, but needs to increase its investments in HPC in order to be in a leading position. The challenge of 'Big Data' and the transition to 'exascale' computing provide an opportunity."
Modesto Orozco, Head of the Molecular Modelling and Bioinformatics Group, at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Barcelona, and Peter Hotham, Deputy Director, Operations & Programme at the SESAR Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership between the EU, Eurocontrol - the body that supervises European airspace - and industry, called for increased availability of HPC for science and industry respectively.
Many other personalities from science, industry and government chimed in.