October - December 2017
Dear ETP4HPC Partners,
We have come to the end of another year in which we have made a lot of progress.
I would like to take the opportunity to wish you an excellent 2018, hoping that this coming year will bring you much success and happiness in your personal and professional lives.
I would like to thank all ETP4HPC members for their continuing support. 2017 has been a huge success and it would have been impossible it to achieve without your commitment.
The most important milestone within our ecosystem has been the signing of the EuroHPC declaration by seven countries in March. The main objective of EuroHPC is to secure European leadership in the area of the delivery of HPC systems. Since then the number of countries collaborating has nearly doubled and – as we speak – the EuroHPC initiative is building its governance and work structures. ETP4HPC will play a pivotal role in its work as the source of technology expertise.
We have issued our Strategic Research Agenda (SRA 3), which is available at www.etp4hpc.eu/sra. Any project consortium submitting a proposal with the FET-HPC or Extreme-Scale Demonstrators parts of the EC programme should use this document as a reference. Also, the Public Call for Comments on SRA 3 has been opened and we encourage all external (non-ETP4HPC) experts to let us know what they think about our roadmap.
We have put a lot of work into the understanding of the needs of HPC users, in particular the Big Data community. We have held joint workshops together with the Big Data Value Association organisation in order to synchronise our research models. SRA 3 /and the currently opened calls for proposals/ reflects this effort and we will continue working with BDVA in 2018.
We have developed the concept of Extreme-Scaled Demonstrators, included in SRA 3 and in an EC call for proposals. We are looking forward to project consortia implementing this idea of HPC system prototypes. We are also very excited about the new HPC technology projects in the co-design area and the progress made towards the design of a European low-power processor - these initiatives together with other running or expected projects will enhance our capabilities to compete in this complex and competitive market.
The continual growth in ETP4HPC’s membership (88 members at the end of 2017 increased from 80 in 2016) and activity has enhanced its collaboration within the HPC value chain.
During 2018, ETP4HPC will continue to work closely with the HPC ecosystem, to strengthen the links between all actors of the HPC value chain and to continue working at the same level of excellence during previous years. As in the past years, we will be putting an emphasis on SME sector and our SME Working Group will continue strengthening this vital part of our ecosystem. Within a few weeks, we will hold our 8th General Assembly on 13th March 2018 in at Intel in Leixlip (near Dublin), which will see the election of our next Steering Board.
Once again, we will need to call on you as members of ETP4HPC to put your energy into achieving our objectives and we have the greatest confidence in our community being capable of achieving this work during 2018.
We wish you all an excellent year 2018 and look forward to working on achieving the above objectives with you.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!