ETP4HPC Newsletter - January - March 2018
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January - March 2018

The new ETP4HPC Steering Board (and Office)

Dear Partners,

Time flies and we are already looking back on the first quarter of 2018. Many of us are busy preparing project proposals or taking a deserved rest after having submitted one. The  European HPC community is getting busy, which means that there is funding available and there are ideas and expertise to bolster the competitiveness of our ecosystem.

We held our 8th General Assembly on 13  March and we have a new Steering Board following the elections held on that occasion. I would like to thank Intel for hosting this important event and all the members present for taking part in it. I extend a warm welcome to the new members of the Steering Board: ESI Group, Infineon, E4 Computer Engineering and Fujitsu – and a big thank you to the ones leaving the Board for the excellent work done.

The main challenge for the new Steering Board will be to establish our Association’s influence in the upcoming initiatives. At the General Assembly, we received a thorough update on the development of EuroHPC, which will coordinate and finance the HPC Research and Innovation program and the delivery of the future European pre-exascale and exascale HPC systems. It is critical that ETP4HPC remains one of the key players in that arena.

Communicating our progress to our Members is key, and we will continue the regular all-Members conference calls, the frequent updates of the website, and other similar activities. As we speak, we are putting emphasis on the quality of the communication activities of our Office. You can see the first results on our social media accounts, and there is more to come soon. You can help us become more visible on Twitter and LinkedIn: follow the ETP4HPC accounts – this will also ensure that you get all our news in real time.

Our Office team are also starting to work on our next deliverable – the ‘HPC Vision’ document. As HPC, Big Data, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and other similar areas converge, we need to figure out how to align our respective priorities, and we need to determine where HPC technology is going in this new and changing context. This document (the other areas will produce similar ‘Vision’ documents) will lay the foundations for our next SRAs (and related documents). I encourage all Members to participate in this process.

As our organisation keeps growing and as our environment becomes more sophisticated, our mission also becomes more complex. We (the Steering Board and the Office) are always open to feedback on what we should do for our members and European HPC. Please tell us how we can improve!

Jean-Pierre Panziera

The setting up of the EuroHPC initiative is making progress. We received a detailed update on EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU) from the EC (Gustav Kalbe,  Head of HPC & Quantum Computing Unit, DG Connect) at our last General Assembly. According to the current plans and agreements in place, EuroHPC will take the form of a Joint Undertaking (JU) and is scheduled to begin operating on 1 Jan 2019. To date, 14 EU Member States have joined EuroHPC. ETP4HPC will be part of its Research & Innovation Advisory Group - an advisory body facilitating the development of technology, applications and skills. For further details, please consult this EC presentation (as of March 2018).
New ETP4HPC Steering Board in place
Elections to the ETP4HPC Steering Board were held at our last General Assembly (13th March 2018, Intel Ireland /Leixlip/). The following members were elected to the new Steering Board:
  • Category A - SMEs: E4 Computer Engineering, Megware, ParTec 
  • Category B - Research Organisations: BSC, CEA, Cineca, Fraunhofer, FZJ Juelich
  • Category C - European Corporations: Atos-Bull, ESI Group, Infineon, Seagate
  • Category D - Global Corporations: Fujitsu, Intel
The following appointments took place at a meeting of the new Board on 10th April 2018 in Munich:
  • There is a vacant position on the Board following the elections. This seat is given to Clustervision. 
  • The new Chairman is Atos
  • The new Treasurer is Clustervision
  • The new Secretary is ParTec
  • The new Vice-President for Research is CEA
  • The new Vice-President for Industry is Seagate
'HPC Vision' document - the next milestone in our roadmapping activities
It is time to think far ahead. Our last Strategic Research Agenda (issued in November 2017) covers the remaining part of Horizon 2020 (H2020). We need to evaluate what high-level priorities to work on after the end of H2020, in the post-Exascale era. We also need to synchronise our roadmaps with other related areas such as Big Data, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and others. We are planning on issuing a 'HPC Vision' documents to address this challenge. Each of the related technologies will work on their own equivalent document in parallel but there will be a process in place to align our respective priorities through a series of workshops and other interactions. Our deadline is Q1 2019.
While SRA 3 is the result of the work of ETP4HPC experts (i.e. the members of ETP4HPC), we value the opinion of external experts. We maintain this Public Call for Comments on its latest version and we encourage all external experts to read our roadmap and send us their feedback... [+]
We would like to welcome the following organisations in our Association:
Neovia – SME/Associated Member, TS-JFL – SME/Associated Member, CoolIT – SME/Associated Member, Infineon – European Corporation/Full Member/. The total count as of 19 March 2018 is 88 members.
8th ETP4HPC General Assembly - 13 March 2018, Intel Ireland, Leixlip

The most important milestone of Q1 2018 was this General Assembly. Apart from taking part in the Steering Board elections (above), the participants received a detailed update on the life and plans of the Association and other HPC developments, e.g. EuroHPC... [+]
First workshop of the Digitising European Industry (DEI) Working Group on Future Partnerships - 6th March 2018, Brussels
Workshop: SME and the HPC uptake of SMEs
European HPC Summit Week - 28 May - 1 June 2018, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
This event has become a tradition in the life of our European HPC ecosystem. This edition will feature the usual EXDCI Workshop, workshops and lectures related to European HPC-based science, HPC-based industry and projects. The 'Energy Efficiency' Working Group of ETP4HPC will organise a workshop during this week. Also, there will be a cPPP Partnership Board Meeting held within this event.
ISC High Performance 2018 (ISC'18) - 24 - 28 June 2018 - Frankfurt
ETP4HPC will be at Booth # J-517. Come join us there! We are also organising the first Workshop on our 'HPC Vision' document (above). We are inviting world-class experts in the areas of HPC/Big Data/IoT and other similar fields to discuss the high-level priorities Europe should adhere to in the post-Horizon2020 era. This workshop is organised jointly with HiPeac and is open to all ETP4HPC members... [+]
EASC 2018, 17-19 April, Edinburgh (Scotland)

e-IRG Workshop, 14-15 May 2018, Sofia, (Bulgaria)
ENES/ESiWACE HPC Workshop - 17 May 2018, Lecce (Italy)

Teratec Forum 2018,19-20 June , Palaiseau, (France)
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