Questionnaire CoE / FET HPC

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0. Name and Affiliation
1. Research Agendas and Roadmapping

ETP4HPC as an industry-led think tank and advisory group of companies and research centres involved in HPC technology research in Europe has just released an update to the European High-Performance Computing (HPC) Technology Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) issued for the first time in 2013 by ETP4HPC. A full issue will follow this SRA update in 2017.
ETP4HPC issues and maintains this SRA as a mechanism to provide contextual guidance to European researchers and businesses and also to guide EU priorities for research and innovation in the Horizon 2020 HPC programme. This SRA delineates a roadmap for the achievement of European exascale capabilities focusing on the following areas: HPC System Architecture and Components, Energy and Resiliency, Programming Environment, System Software and Management, Big Data and HPC Usage Models, Balance Compute, I/O and Storage Performance, Mathematics and Algorithms for Extreme-Scale HPC systems and Extreme-Scale Demonstrators.
This SRA Update will serve as a reference text for FETHPC 16-17 calls and also suggests future paths for EsDs (Extreme-Scale Demonstrators), CoEs, ISVs (Independent Software Vendors), end-users etc. for calls in 2018-19, when the implementation of EsDs should take place. Whilst this report points heavily towards the H2020 HPC program for its delivery, the primary objective is to develop Europe’s HPC ecosystem and maximize its exploitation.

How do you think your project will contribute to the technology developments covered by the ETP4HPC SRA ...

After reading SRA chapter 8 on the EsD (Extreme Scale Demonstrator) concept:

2. Training and talent generation

One of the acknowledged barriers to increasing the uptake of HPC in academia and industry is the shortage of skilled personnel. EXDCI aims to identify gaps in training provision, and then produce a synthesized Training Roadmap to address how to bridge these gaps and make training more accessible. EXDCI will co-ordinate European efforts in HPC training and education by establishing a community of training providers.

3. International collaboration

Relationship with Big Data Analytics

Almost since its inception in 2013, the BDEC (Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing) initiative has recognized that the convergence of Big Data Analytics (BDA) and High Performance Computing (HPC) at the exascale would be a critical goal for the scientific community in the coming decade. As both data volumes and machine performance are now approaching exascale levels, we must begin in earnest to map out the viable pathways that will lead us to an effective implementation of this convergence. Some examples are software libraries, virtualization models, scientific workflows, data+HPC ecosystems, etc.

In addition, the EXDCI project aims to facilitate the development of international collaboration links of the FETHPC and other European HPC Technology projects. Following the success of the Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) session at Supercomputing ’15 (, we would like to organize a similar event at SC’16. The material collected through a survey on that occasion was used to present an update on the projects during the BOF and also to issue a Handbook including all project details and a final report following the event (both distributed to all parties interested and also available on ). At the SC’16 BOF, we would like to present an update on the work of the projects and the areas that could result in international collaboration. We will also compile the information collected in order to share it on with international partners.

4. Impact assessment – innovation, technology transfer

Another mission of EXDCI is to foster innovation in HPC, in particular by supporting start-ups and SMEs in their development. The questions of this section are formulated with the intention to get insights into: (1) the new technologies developed in your project suitable for innovation and (2) the needs of SMEs regarding innovation and development.

Name and short descriptionTRL*Contact Person (name, email address and institution)

Name and short description: PowerChip: a highly efficient, highly integrated chip using hardware-emulated interconnect.
TRL: 5-6 (see link below for more information)
Contact Person (name, email address and institution): Paul Smith (+email address)

Type of actionShort descriptionContact person

Type of action: promotion and networking for future entrepreneurs.
Short description: Booth to promote those technologies on the business convention XX
Contact person: Paul Smith (+ email)

Type of actionShort descriptionContact person (within the project)

Type of action: 2-day course on entrepreneurship of XX open to all project participants.
Short description: To get acquainted with the fundamental notions of a business plan, fund raising, development of a product based on role plays.
Contact person (within the project): Paul Smith (+ email)

Type of actionDescriptionAction carrier (project, participants institution, …)Contact person

Type of action: Business development and promotion
Description: Booth to promote at business convention XX
Action carrier (project, participants institution, ...): Chamber of Commerce Paris OR: Event organized by our project partner XX
Contact person: Paul Smith (+ email)

Name of SMEContact information (e-mail, telephone number)
5. Monitoring European Key Performance Indicators

A key performance indicator is a business metric used to evaluate factors that are crucial for the success of an organization. In our case the EC has set up a number of KPIs which we collect within EXDCI to allow the EC to see our progress and highlight our successes. It is in the interest of the projects and CoEs to provide this information (although we understand that this put an additional load on the projects). However it gives us a chance to get an overview over the work program and a handle to see if and where we can see challenges.

Name of the softwareDescriptionStatus / Time to availabilityContact person

Name of the software: GASPI/GPI
Description: Communication API
Status / Time to availability: Installed at Archer
Contact person: Paul Smith (+ email)

Resource and purposeDescriptionStatus / PlanContact person

Resource and purpose: run NEK5000 code on Archer
Description: (...)
Status / Plan: Planned for 2017
Contact person: Paul Smith (+ email)

Name of activityDescription with number of participantsStatus / PlanContact person

Name of activity: cross-disciplinary application workshop
Description with number of participants: Lyon, March 2016, 20 participants, URL
Status / Plan: Planned for 2017
Contact person: Paul Smith (+ email)

Name of softwareDescriptionStatus / Plan / Adaptation to next generation machinesContact person

Name of the software: CHECK
Description: Checkpointing library
Status / Plan / Adaptation to next generation machines: Adapted to DEEP-ER architecture
Contact person: Paul Smith (+ email)

Only for FP7 funded projects up to now:

CitationCitation IndicatorsRanking of Journal/ConferenceContact person
Name of softwareUsage (e.g. installations, known user base)Usage by research and industry communitiesContact person

Only for Fortissimo, Fortissimo-2, I4MS, CloudFlow projects:

6. Any other comments