ETP4HPC NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2016
We would like to wish you an excellent 2017. We hope that this year will bring you much success and joy in your personal and professional lives.
During the last Steering Board meeting, Jean-Pierre Panziera was elected as Chairman of the ETP4HPC to replace Jean-François Lavignon who has left Bull. We both would like to send you this New Year message.
Regarding ETP4HPC, and before looking at what challenges 2017 has in store for us, let us look back on our main achievements during 2016.
Our ecosystem has continued to grow with more members joining our association (80 end of 2016 compared to 70 end of 2015) and to develop its activities. The first HPC Summit was organised in Prague with some interesting meetings involving the FETHPC projects and the Centres of Excellence. We have, once again, been successful in organising a well-attended BoF at SC’16 to disseminate European activities and to generate potential international interaction. The relationship with BDVA (Big Data Value Association) has been developed with new technical interlocks and discussions on potential joint actions involving HPC technologies addressing Big Data challenges.
However, the most notable activity in 2016 has been the elaboration of the recommendations to the European Commission for the Work Programme (WP) 2018-2020. There was very good participation with more than 200 experts attending the calls to discuss the research priorities for forwarding to the EC. We have also developed the concept of Extreme Scale Demonstrators that will, on one hand, provide opportunities in demonstrating new technologies, helping them to reach the market, and, on the other hand, delivering platforms that will be an exceptional instrument for research in system and application software.
All this has been possible thanks to the EXDCI support action funded by the European Commission, your involvement in the association’s activities and the professional work of the people of the ETP4HPC Office. We would like to thank EC, you and our Office team for all these 2016 accomplishments.
Once again, we foresee important milestones for 2017. Firstly, we will have the task of preparing the third Strategic Research Agenda, which will be used for the WP2018-2020 as a detailed technical reference for the coming calls. We now have a well-established process and we expect, once more, a strong participation from you in this essential activity. There will also be a September deadline for FETHPC 2017 project submission. Our communities need to mobilise themselves to prepare excellent projects that will show the liveliness of the European research on HPC technologies. The publication of the WP2018-2020 will open new calls in 2017 that we will need to consider. We anticipate early deadlines in 2018 for two calls related to Centres of Excellence and Extreme Scale Demonstrators. It will be mandatory for the success of these calls that our ecosystem prepares itself in being able to build good proposals.
In 2017, ETP4HPC will continue working closely with the ecosystem, strengthening links with all the actors of the HPC value chain, whilst continuing work at the same level of excellence as in previous years.
Once again, we need to call on you as members of ETP4HPC to put energy into achieving these objectives and we have the greatest confidence in our community being able to work in this direction in 2017.
We wish you an excellent year 2017 and we look forward to working with you all, in achieving the above objectives.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.
Jean-François Lavignon Jean-Pierre Panziera
Former ETP4HPC Chair New ETP4HPC Chair