Strategic Research Agenda (SRA)

ETP4HPC issues and maintains this Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) as a mechanism to guide EU priorities for HPC research, and specifically to help the European Commission, and now the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, define the contents of the HPC Technology Work Programmes within Horizon Europe (or FP9). With the support of EXDCI, ETP4HPC maintains the SRA on a continuous basis. The first SRA was issued in 2013, SRA 2 in November 2015 and SRA 3 in November 2017. The last edition of the SRA 4 will be published by the end of 2019. The SRA reflects the needs of the European HPC Technology providers and other members of the European HPC ecosystem, i.e.: PRACE (academic users), industrial HPC end users, Independent Software Vendors. It also uses the conclusions made available by other initiatives such as AIOTI, ECSO, HiPEAC, EESI, PlanetHPC or the Big Data community (represented by the Big Data Value Association). 

A blueprint for a new SRA

As a first step towards our SRA4, ETP4HPC and EXDCI prepared an HPC Vision document in order to influence the contents of the FP9 Programme and other related initiatives. The objective was to define high-level HPC technology priorities for post-Exascale and synchronise them with the areas of Big Data and IoT. The work started with two Workshops during the ISC'18 conference. It involved many of the ETP4HPC members, as well as representatives from BDEC, BDVA, HiPEAC and EXDCI. The final document, "A blueprint for a new Strategic Research Agenda for High Performance Computing", was published in April 2019, and presented in May 2019 at the EuroHPC Summit Week. If you want to read the document online, visit

Strategic Research Agenda 4

The structure of SRA 4 will differ from those of the previous SRAs. The vertical areas (see figure), corresponding to the different elements of the supercomputing stack or the use of HPC, and each addressed by a dedicated Working Group:

  • System Architecture,
  • System Hardware Components,
  • System Software & Management,
  • Programming Environment,
  • I/O & Storage,
  • Mathematics & Algorithms,
  • Application co-design,
  • Centre-to-Edge Framework,

will be completed by a number of ‘horizontal’ Research Clusters, addressing the most important research challenges for Work Programmes 2021-2022 and beyond. The final set of Clusters is currently under definition.

This is the current SRA 4 Model:

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