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ETP4HPC Newsletter - June 2020
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June 2020

Dear ETP4HPC Members and Partners,

As the world is struggling to adapt to the “new normal”, our Office and our Steering Board have moved a lot of our activities on-line, ensuring that we continue to provide the best value for our members.

Our 2020 General Assembly, initially scheduled in early March, was finally held online on 26 May. 61 organisations were present– more than we hoped for! Thank you very much for your trust and continued support.
The intervention of our guest speaker Thomas Skordas, director of DG-CNECT, was much appreciated, as he shared an update on EuroHPC activities and plans, in relation to both the development of HPC technology and infrastructure. The development of European HPC has not been stalled, HPC remains a priority and there are new challenges related to tackling the current situation.  
Our SRA expert Michael Malms presented our Transcontinuum initiative, which is a continuation of the cooperation started for the Strategic Research Agenda.
The Activity Report and Financial Report were unanimously approved, and the General Assembly decided to extend the mandate of the current Steering Board until the 2021 General Assembly, so as to be able to hold “live” elections. The GA also decided, given the current circumstances, and as proposed by the Steering Board, to defer the planned increase of the membership fee. The fees will therefore remain unchanged in 2021.

During the last months, with ETP4HPC SRA as reference, our ETP4HPC representatives at the Research and Innovation Advisory Board of EuroHPC have been preparing the next Multi-Annual Strategic Agenda for 2021-22. This document will suggest the main priorities for the research programme in the coming years.

In February we conducted a survey to better know what our members expect from ETP4HPC. The two main takeaways from this survey are that you want more information and more networking opportunities. We therefore decided to initiate regular webinars, starting on 19 June. Register, attend, and give us your feedback: what topics would you like us to cover in future webinars, how often should we have them… These webinars are open to non-members, don’t hesitate to invite organisations who want to discover what ETP4HPC is about.

Finally, I would like to express my satisfaction with the continuous growth of our Association. We are two shy of the 100 mark (!) and I am very pleased to announce that Office is going to assign additional resources to recruiting new members.

Talk to you soon !

Jean-Pierre Panziera
ETP4HPC Chairman

Online General Assembly

ETP4HPC held its 2020 General Assembly on 26 May - online of course. Our guest speaker Thomas Skordas (EuroHPC JU) shared his insights on European HPC with the 70+ members who attended the call, and our SRA expert Michael Malms explained how our cooperative work on the SRA continues within our Transcontinuum Initiative.  
For our members only, the presentations and recording are available in our Member Area.
ETP4HPC announces webinar series

ETP4HPC launches a series of regular webinars. We will start with two webinars in June/July to share what we would normally have presented at ISC, and then as of  September we will find our regular pace with monthly webinars.

  • Inaugural webinar on 19 June, 11am to noon CET, focused on our Transcontinuum effort [+]
  • Save the date for the 2nd webinar on 3rd July [+]
Online workshop "HPC, Big Data, IoT and AI future industry-driven collaborative strategic topics"

On 5 May, BDVA, in collaboration with ETP4HPC and the European Commission, held an online workshop to analyse in depth the challenges, limitations and longer-term perspectives of the Large Scale Pilot actions currently being developed in the context of the ICT-11-2018-2019 calls. A follow-up session is planned! [+]

ETP4HPC's Industrial Users Working Group releases Position Paper

Our IUWG released its Position Paper on engagement with Industrial HPC Users in Europe. ETP4HPC is taking an active part in the much-needed synergistic efforts aimed at bringing Industrial Users to the forefront in Europe for the technology roadmapping & exploitation of large public HPC infrastructures. [+]

New members
Between April and June 2020 we welcomed:
EuroHPC call for Advanced pilots towards the European exascale supercomputers 

As planned in the EuroHPC Work Plan for 2020, the 1st call of the year opened in April. It covers 2 topics:
  • EuroHPC-2020-01-a: Advanced pilots towards the European supercomputers – deadline: 15 September 2020
  • EuroHPC-2020-01-b: Pilot on quantum simulator – deadline: 28 July 2020 [+]
Webinar: Discover the Transcontinuum Initiative
19 June 2020, 11am

Register for the first ETP4HPC webinar!
Full programme [+]
Registration page [+]

And save the date for the second webinar on July 3rd [+]

Teratec Forum, Palaiseau, France
13-14 October, 2020

The Teratec Forum has been postponed from June to October - hopefully the Covid-19 situation will allow to hold this event in its usual format by then. Our booth will be at the heart of "Europa Village", a new space that will gather the European HPC ecosystem - projects as well as institutions. [+]
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