Fortissimo seeks new application experiments providing business relevant investigations and demonstrations of engineering and manufacturing simulation services in the Fortissimo HPC Cloud. Priority will be given to proposals for experiments which complement the activities already included within Fortissimo and which address the needs of engineering and manufacturing SMEs. Proposed experiments should include all participants necessary for the experiment, which may include HPC experts, HPC Centres or ISVs already included within the Fortissimo consortium. Experiments will employ the Fortissimo HPC infrastructure using the HPC Centres already involved in the project.
Fortissimo is funded under the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme through the Call for Proposals addressing ICT for the Enterprise and Manufacturing - call (part) identifier FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FOF. Fortissimo contributes to the achievement of the objectives of the Factories of the Future initiative, specifically those of the Call Objective FoF-ICT-2013.7.12 "Application experiments for robotics and simulation", target area "Simulation services for engineering and manufacturing".
This call for proposals (CfP) targets the expansion of the applications experiments for engineering and manufacturing simulation services currently being carried out within Fortissimo.
The importance of advanced simulation to the competitiveness of both large and small companies is well established. The principal objective of Fortissimo is to enable European manufacturing, particularly small to medium enterprises (SMEs), to benefit from the efficiency and competitive advantage inherent in the use of simulation. However, such simulation requires significant computing power and specialised software tools and services.
Generally, large companies, which have a greater pool of skills and resources, find access to advanced
simulation easier than SMEs which can neither afford expensive High Performance Computing (HPC) equipment nor the licensing cost for the relevant tools. This means that SMEs are not able to take advantage of advanced simulation, even though it can clearly make them more competitive. The goal of Fortissimo is to overcome this impasse through the provision of simulation services running on a cloud infrastructure making use of HPC systems and also by making appropriate skills and tools available in a distributed, internet-based environment.
Fortissimo will make advanced simulation more easily accessible, particularly to SMEs, through the realisation of a "one-stop shop" where hardware, expertise, applications, visualisation and tools will be easily available and affordable on a pay-per-use basis. In doing this it will create and demonstrate a sustainable commercial ecosystem where actors at all levels in the value chain can realise sufficient commercial benefit to enable that ecosystem to persist independently of EU funding and continue to provide affordable services to manufacturing industry, particularly SMEs.
Fortissimo will be driven by end-user requirements where business-relevant application experiments will be used to develop, test and demonstrate both the infrastructure and the "one-stop pay-per-use shop".
Fortissimo will organise two CfPs for additional application experiments. "Call-1" addresses additional experiments executing for an 18-month period commencing in July 2014.
The target is for the additional experiments to augment the initial set of 20 experiments to expand the evaluation and demonstration of engineering and manufacturing simulation services in the Fortissimo HPC Cloud. Priority will be given to proposed experiments which are complementary to those already included in the project. In summary, proposed experiments should contain all those actors in the value chain necessary for the realisation of services meeting the end-users engineering and manufacturing needs, based on the use of the (distributed) HPC resources already offered within the Fortissimo infrastructure.
The business-relevance of the application experiment is essential, as Fortissimo places considerable emphasis on the exploitation of opportunities at all levels of the value chain ranging from the end-user, through Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), domain experts and technology providers to the HPC infrastructure provider.
More information is available at www.fortissimo-project.eu/