The programme included an opening speech by Carl-Christian Buhr, Member of the Cabinet of Vice-President Neelie Kroes; presentations by Catherine Rivière, PRACE Council Chair and by Kenneth Ruud, PRACE Scientific Steering Committee Chair; as well as a round table discussion between Bernhard Fabianek, EC, DG RTD, Research Programme Officer, Konstantinos Glinos, EC, DG CNECT, Head of Unit for e-Infrastructure, Sylvie Joussaume, PRACE Scientific Steering Committee Vice-Chair, Catherine Rivière, Kenneth Ruud, Didier Schmitt, Chief Scientific Adviser Team / BEPA, moderated by Francis Wray from EPCC.
The support within the EU for an integrated HPC ecosystem capable of competing with China, Japan and the USA was made clear in the opening speech by Carl-Christian Buhr, who stated that "we all know the value of PRACE and its services and systems. Now it's time to convince everyone else".
Catherine Rivière spoke of "the democratisation of HPC" which is crucial if Europe is to stay at the forefront of HPC research and innovation. "PRACE actively builds the ecosystem needed to develop the next generation of supercomputers and computational experts that European science and industry needs."
Kenneth Ruud chimed in, underlining that "computing represents a 'third way of science', complementing the traditional scientific methods of theory development and experiment and is becoming mandatory not only because of legal and practical hindrances to real-life experiments, but also to realise the full potential of investments in large infrastructures".
Konstantinos Glinos and Bernhard Fabianek were unanimous in their acknowledgment of PRACE's successes: "PRACE has done an excellent job in bringing together Europe's high-performance computing capabilities and making the best European machines available to the best projects", Konstantinos Glinos stated.
The event organisation was supported by PRACE's Belgian Member, represented by Cenaero, an applied research centre providing high fidelity numerical simulation methods and tools to companies involved in a technology innovation process. HPC & Infrastructure Manager Serge Bogaerts expressed his satisfaction with the event: "I think PRACE was very successful in rallying support for this event and for the future of PRACE: a future in which Cenearo will definitely be present."