The European Commission’s communication “High Performance Computing: Europe’s place in a Global Race” perfectly underlines the strategic nature of HPC and sees a European Technology Platform (ETP) playing a crucial role. The ETP is an industry led forum open to any organization performing research in the area of HPC technologies in Europe with the objective to define Europe’s research priorities in developing European technology in all segments of the HPC solution supply chain. The ETP strengthens European competitiveness in the area of HPC, which is a key requirement for future research and innovation as well as addressing a wide range of social and economic challenges.
The ETP4HPC expects to be recognised as the ETP referenced by European Commission and complements the research capacities created through PRACE. The recently released Vision Paper (http://www.etp4hpc.eu/documents/ETP-key-documents.html) indicates that the ETP4HPC can significantly improve Europe’s position in the domain of HPC technologies through a research program building on mutual strengths, taking advantage of technological disruptions with tangible and sustainable market potential, targeting technologies meeting the needs of important applications, and facilitating the creation of start-ups and the development of the SME sector as well as utilizing synergies with other Information Technology sectors to influence next generation computing.
Michael Krapp | Fraunhofer-Institut
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