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Primeur weekly 2018-01-15

Focus

Atos to validate quantum algorithm functionality with the Quantum Learning Machine ...

Crowd computing

Buckeye Pi: the most powerful student-built supercomputer made from Raspberry Pis ...

Quantum computing

Intel advances quantum and neuromorphic computing research ...

Developing a secure, un-hackable net ...

Focus on Europe

European Commission proposes to invest 1 billion euro in world-class European supercomputers ...

European High-Perfomance Computing Joint Undertaking - EuroHPC JU - in operation by 2019 ...

Supercomputers will revolutionise machine learning, says European Commisioner Carlos Moedas ...

If EuroHPC is not a success, Europe is risking outsourcing its innovative capacity to third countries, says EC Commissioner Mariya Gabriel ...

Seat of EuroHPC JU will be in Luxembourg ...

PRACE Summer of HPC 2018 opens applications ...

BSC to collaborate in the creation of the Advanced Supercomputing Center at the University of Minho ...

HiPEAC18 provides the expertise needed to advance computing in the face of crisis ...

European Commission issues synopsis report and contributions to the EuroHPC targeted consultation ...

The supercomputer applications considered crucial for Europe ...

Middleware

Software-defined networking: The key to a scalable, manageable, and adaptable Internet ...

Hardware

Asperitas opens data centre pop-up showcase location in French TIER IV data centre ...

Supermicro introduces revolutionary resource saving server solutions ...

Supermicro unveils new all-flash 1U server that delivers 300% better storage density with Samsung's next generation small form factor (NGSFF) storage ...

AMD redefines high-performance computing with new processor and graphics products preview at CES 2018 ...

Micron and Intel announce update to NAND memory joint development programme ...

Making the Internet of Things possible with a new breed of 'memristors' ...

Applications

Volkswagen and NVIDIA to infuse AI into future vehicle line-up ...

NVIDIA, ZF and Baidu launch industry's first AI autonomous vehicle computer for China ...

NVIDIA and Aurora collaborate to build next-generation autonomous vehicle compute platform ...

Uber selects NVIDIA technology to power its self-driving fleets ...

NVIDIA announces world's first functionally safe AI self-driving platform ...

Supercomputer power enables advanced simulations of relativistic jets' behaviour in black holes ...

Mapping pixels with UCT eResearch ...

UC San Diego and Japan's AIST sign bilateral Memorandum of Understanding ...

Bio-based compound offers a greener carbon fiber alternative ...

ORNL researchers use Titan to accelerate design and training of deep learning networks ...

Lobachevsky University scientists have created a device for remote diagnosis of heart condition ...

Blue Brain Nexus: An open-source knowledge graph for data-driven science ...

European Commission issues synopsis report and contributions to the EuroHPC targeted consultation


Stakeholder categories
11 Jan 2018 Brussels - The 'targeted stakeholder consultation' on the Common European initiative on High Performance Computing (HPC) was held from 3 August to 5 September 2017. The responses of participants and stakeholders who gave their consent to publication as well as a synopsis report analysing the results of this public consultation are now available.

Through the targeted consultation the Commission engaged with the public to gather views in particular on the current state of HPC in Europe and on the need for a new EU initiative on HPC.

The consultation confirmed the result of a preliminary study, done by the Commission, incorporating the analysis on the problems with the current state of HPC in Europe and a large majority of respondents requested an EU intervention.

There is a need for a more ambitious pan-European political initiative on HPC, supported by a new financial instrument to tackle the identified problems such as the limited interaction between academia and industry, the large fragmentation of HPC programmes in Europe, and the European dependence on non-EU suppliers.

The Commission has taken into account the results of the public consultation in its work on the modernisation of HPC in Europe, and will create a new Joint Undertaking financial instrument.

The online consultation gathered 92 replies from organisations in 17 Member States and 4 non-EU countries. The largest number of responses came from Spain (14.1%), France (13%), Germany (12%), UK (9.8%) and Italy (6.5%) totalling 55% of responses.

34% of responses came from the other Member States (Portugal, Sweden, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Slovenia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Greece) and ~11% from the participating non-EU countries (Israel, Norway, Switzerland, USA).

Stakeholder categories were distributed as follows:

  • 61%: Academia / Research organisations
  • 22%: Business representatives
  • 4%: Public sector
  • 2%: Industry associations
  • 11%: Other stakeholders categories

Preliminary findings

85% of respondents found the current state of HPC in Europe problematic; 2% saw no problem, while 13% were undecided. The majority of those who saw a problem, pointed out these three issues as being the most relevant:

  • Limited interaction between industry and academia on the exploitation of high-end computing systems, application codes and services especially in using HPC for industrial and service innovation (55.6%)
  • Deep fragmentation of HPC programmes and uncoordinated activities and the lack of a common procurement framework result in wasted resources (55.6%)
  • Europe's supercomputing capabilities depend on non-EU suppliers for critical technologies and systems (47.8%).

In addition to the lack of sufficient resources and insufficient access to HPC resources for science, a recurring perception was that too little emphasis is given on software developments given Europe's recognised world leading role in HPC applications.

Only ~2% of respondents found that no EU action should be taken to improve HPC in Europe, 15% were satisfied with current EU actions; 83% of respondents confirmed the need for EU action beyond the current level.

Those who favoured EU action beyond the current level made two arguments:

1. EU coordination and cooperation of HPC initiatives is insufficient, resulting in strong fragmentation between current EU initiatives, individual Member States' and stakeholders' efforts.

2. The EU is bound to trail its global competitors (USA, China) in this strategic field if it continues its fragmented efforts.

The different contributions received from respondents can be consulted:

Leslie Versweyveld

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Primeur weekly 2018-01-15

Focus

Atos to validate quantum algorithm functionality with the Quantum Learning Machine ...

Crowd computing

Buckeye Pi: the most powerful student-built supercomputer made from Raspberry Pis ...

Quantum computing

Intel advances quantum and neuromorphic computing research ...

Developing a secure, un-hackable net ...

Focus on Europe

European Commission proposes to invest 1 billion euro in world-class European supercomputers ...

European High-Perfomance Computing Joint Undertaking - EuroHPC JU - in operation by 2019 ...

Supercomputers will revolutionise machine learning, says European Commisioner Carlos Moedas ...

If EuroHPC is not a success, Europe is risking outsourcing its innovative capacity to third countries, says EC Commissioner Mariya Gabriel ...

Seat of EuroHPC JU will be in Luxembourg ...

PRACE Summer of HPC 2018 opens applications ...

BSC to collaborate in the creation of the Advanced Supercomputing Center at the University of Minho ...

HiPEAC18 provides the expertise needed to advance computing in the face of crisis ...

European Commission issues synopsis report and contributions to the EuroHPC targeted consultation ...

The supercomputer applications considered crucial for Europe ...

Middleware

Software-defined networking: The key to a scalable, manageable, and adaptable Internet ...

Hardware

Asperitas opens data centre pop-up showcase location in French TIER IV data centre ...

Supermicro introduces revolutionary resource saving server solutions ...

Supermicro unveils new all-flash 1U server that delivers 300% better storage density with Samsung's next generation small form factor (NGSFF) storage ...

AMD redefines high-performance computing with new processor and graphics products preview at CES 2018 ...

Micron and Intel announce update to NAND memory joint development programme ...

Making the Internet of Things possible with a new breed of 'memristors' ...

Applications

Volkswagen and NVIDIA to infuse AI into future vehicle line-up ...

NVIDIA, ZF and Baidu launch industry's first AI autonomous vehicle computer for China ...

NVIDIA and Aurora collaborate to build next-generation autonomous vehicle compute platform ...

Uber selects NVIDIA technology to power its self-driving fleets ...

NVIDIA announces world's first functionally safe AI self-driving platform ...

Supercomputer power enables advanced simulations of relativistic jets' behaviour in black holes ...

Mapping pixels with UCT eResearch ...

UC San Diego and Japan's AIST sign bilateral Memorandum of Understanding ...

Bio-based compound offers a greener carbon fiber alternative ...

ORNL researchers use Titan to accelerate design and training of deep learning networks ...

Lobachevsky University scientists have created a device for remote diagnosis of heart condition ...

Blue Brain Nexus: An open-source knowledge graph for data-driven science ...