ETP4HPC Newsletter - December 2020
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December 2020

Dear ETP4HPC Members and Partners,

We all hope that 2021 will bring an end to the sanitary crisis and our Association will be able to return to its normal operation mode, or some new form of it. We have all faced difficulties in the course of 2020 but I am glad to note that we are entering the new year with an ever increasing number of members, a strong position within EuroHPC and its RIAG and a solid Office team. There are things, lessons learnt, from this period that we may want to take with us, such as the ability to work and cooperate remotely, which seems not to have caused any major issues.

Compared to the previous year, the ETP4HPC of the end of 2020 is more diverse. Our membership base now includes industrial users and organisations dealing with AI or Quantum Computing and it is a trend we would like to maintain. The TCI Initiative (TransContinuum) has been very successful in attracting external collaborators to our effort of creating a coherent research programme for HPC and all related technologies and as a result the attractiveness and prestige of our Association has risen in all related areas. We are not any longer seen as a HPC technology think tank and our role now is that of the facilitator and instigator of all key undertakings.

As we approach the end of what may have been the toughest year in the life of our Association and in the personal lives of many our colleagues and partners, there are new opportunities and challenges on the horizon. We are analysing the benefits and obligations associated with the second phase of EuroHPC, which offers increased funding opportunities and a more prominent position in the decision making process, but which will also affect the financial condition of our Association. This topic is a priority for both the Steering Board and the Office team and we will ensure that every member receives an adequate update and is involved in arriving to a consensus on this matter.

I wish you all a safe Christmas 🎄🎁🎅 and a better New Year 🎆🎉,

Jean-Pierre Panziera
ETP4HPC Chairman

New members
We have recently welcomed:
Thales as a Full Member in the European Corporations college,
- French SME EMG2 as an associated member,
- Swedish SME ZeroPoint Technologies as an associated member,
- French SME PASQAL as an associated member. PASQAL is our first member fully dedicated to Quantum Computing, this reflects the recent inclusion of quantum computing in our agenda!
The 2020 edition of our Handbook is available! Browse it online or download the PDF to discover 50 on-going projects, including 12 new ones. The Handbook is edited with the support of EXDCI.  [+]
Webinar by our Industrial Users Working Group
On 25 November, ETP4HPC held its most attended webinar since we started our webinars! If you missed the testimonies from users Repsol, Leonardo, SICOS and NUBERISIM, and their lively exchanges, watch the replay! [+]
ETP4HPC at Teratec Forum

The Teratec Forum was finally held on 13-14 October, as a fully digital event, with a virtual exhibition. ETP4HPC was one of the virtual exhibitors, on a platform that was visited by 1200 attendees. For an overview of the interesting plenary session, read Teratec's report.

First FF4EuroHPC call open for SMEs that want to benefit from the use of advanced HPC services

The FF4EuroHPC project will open two calls aiming to create two series of application experiments within diverse industry sectors. The first Call was opened on 2 November 2020 and will close on 27 January 2021. FF4EuroHPC is organising a webinar on 7 December, if you are an SME or want to partner with an SME, attend to know more  [+]

ETP4HPC webinar on AI with CLAIRE
15 December, 2020

In December we will explore Artificial Intelligence with our TCI partner CLAIRE, the Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe, with a view to better understanding and leveraging its interlock with HPC. 
Register now! [+]
Workshop at HiPEAC Conference (digital)
18 January, 2021
ETP4HPC and HiPEAC will be running a joint workshop at the HiPEAC Conference: Bringing the HiPEAC and ETP4HPC Communities together through the TransContinuum initiative[+]
ETP4HPC General Assembly
4 March, 2021

Save the date! We had hoped to meet you in person in Frankfurt, this time, but our 2021 General Assembly will very likely be held online again. 

EuroHPC Summit Week goes digital
22-26 March, 2021

Save the date! Registration will open soon for this event co-organised by ETP4HPC. [+]

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