How HPC can boost sustainable development and strengthen competitiveness for Industry and SME

November 22, 2022 - 12:00 - 13:00
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  • Present how we work today with HPC infrastructure, results of connecting research and industry.
  • Discuss how we can reach out to new users so that many more can benefit from the investments that are made and the ones that are coming.
  • How to best use the experts and project that acts as intermediator and facilitates the political vision and creates a sustainable welfare in Europe and contributing to the global challenges of our time.
  • Get better insight in the needs of users today and users of tomorrow

One challenge is that many companies, especially small companies, are not used to turn to universities and academia when they are working with their own development. The support with experts and the infrastructure that is available when working together is not well known. This is something that large companies are used to and there are many good examples of how they have benefited from both experts and infrastructure.

The investment that European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking does for the members is to deploy top-of-the-range supercomputing infrastructures across Europe to support European HPC users wherever they are in Europe and implement an ambitious research and innovation agenda to develop a competitive HPC ecosystem and supply chain in Europe, which includes hardware, software, applications but also training and skills.

European Commission is connecting various initiatives in different programs and a key element is to share learnings from past experiences and spread knowledge to strengthen competitiveness and increase the degree of sovereignty. The DIGITAL Europe program has a large possibility to provide conditions for a wider group of companies and individuals to build up their skills in the digital transformation and connect to HPC.

What do we have today ?

We have the experience of those who already use EuroHPC JU resources and can share the benefits and challenges they see.

We have networks within the group like BDVA, i-Space competence centers that work with 15 hubs within Big Data, new merging disciplines such as AI and ML that need HPC as well, (EuroHPC) National Competence Centers and Centers of Excellences, as well as national organizations that represent the needs of companies.

What are we missing ?

  • Reach out already experienced or knowledgeable entities using some HPC, but not EuroHPC resources
  • Reach out those who do not yet know what benefits it would bring to them to use HPC, with use cases either in “established” areas OR in new/emerging areas and kinds of usage

Ex AI companies, many subcontractors to large companies that do not have the habit of collaborating with academia, may fall into either aforementioned category.

It might also be relevant to define the scope/perimeter and limits or priorities of the target: e.g. massive democratization of HPC for SMEs might not be the first goal, or require other stages or efforts

What can we do in the short term

Activate all the networks linked to the EuroHPC and to promote the possibilities. For example, via the project EUH4D and the group of 120 companies that are members.

Good examples today of how it is to use the system VEGA[1] is a good use case with its excellent and quick user support services can help other centers to get more users. Companies share in national networks through, for example, organizations.

In the mid/longer term

The next projects with NCC can get better for opportunities to help more people for a longer period because both information work and some development with the help of experts are needed to be able to benefit from the opportunity. NCCs’ experts long term support to port software to future HPC architecture

Presentations of the session:

Jeanette Nilsson presentation

Daniel Opalka presentation

Dan Still presentation

Miriam Koch presentation

Daniel Alonso presentation

Sofia Tsekeridou presentation

Johan Kristiansson presentation

Daniel Alonso Román
Senior Technical Lead Big Data and AI ecosystems at BDVA
Jeanette Nilsson
AI Ecosystem Driver at Research Institutes of Sweden AB (RISE)
Daniel Opalka
Head of R&I at European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking
Sofia Tsekeridou
Senior Research and Innovation Manager at Netcompany - Intrasoft
Johan Kristiansson
Senior researcher/CTO at RISE AB and RockSigma AB
Miriam Koch
Communications and Industrial Interaction Expert at HLRS (USTUTT)
Dan Still
Partnerships Manager at CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd
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