January - March 2018
The new ETP4HPC Steering Board (and Office)
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!