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Updating the European Strategy on High Performance Computing

ICT and Digital Agenda
Date: Thursday, 19 April 2018 10:00 - 16:30

Venue: Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre  |  City: Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium

Supercomputers are increasingly needed to exploit big data and facilitate scientific discoveries that need large computational efforts. A number of actors are racing to develop the fastest super computer in global rankings, and, so far, China, Switzerland and the USA occupy the top four places in this regard, while the EU does not feature in the top 10 (Top500 List, June 2017). In this computational arm race, the new frontier is pinpointed in the so called “quantum revolution”, given that the engineering of quantum phenomena could lead to new classes of devices and computing capabilities, permitting novel approaches to problems that cannot be implemented using existing technology and existing traditional supercomputers

The European Cloud Initiative, launched on April 2016, aims to strengthen Europe's position in data-driven innovation, and consists of three actions. The second one is focussed on deploying a European Data Infrastructure, including the development of supercomputers and a high-performance computing (HPC) ecosystem to process large amounts of data. The goal is to develop exascale supercomputers based on European technology that would rank among the global top three positions by 2022, and to achieve this, the European Cloud Initiative plans to build on existing EU research infrastructure. Furthermore, in its Communication on the Mid-term review of the Digital Single Market Strategy, the Commission announced its intention to propose, by the end of 2017, a legal instrument for a procurement framework for an integrated exascale supercomputing and data infrastructure in Europe, within the EuroHPC initiativean agreement signed on March 2017 that currently gathers eleven countries. Finally, the Commission has included into the European Cloud Initiative a longer-term €1 billion flagship on quantum technologies, which will also include the development of quantum supercomputers.

According to the first results of the stakeholder consultation on the High Performance Computing (HPC) initiative in Europe and the EuroHPC inception impact assessment (run from the 3rd of August to the 5th of September 2017), three issues emerged as most relevant: Limited interaction between industry and academia on the exploitation of high-end computing systems, application codes and services; Deep fragmentation of HPC programmes and lack of coordination, resulting in the waste of resources; High dependence on non-EU suppliers for critical technologies and systems

This timely symposium will provide an invaluable opportunity to engage with recent policy developments at EU level in the realm of research on computational capacity. It will also enable delegates to analyse and discuss the outstanding challenges the European Union is faced with in the global race to build supercomputers, and to assess the potential of a “quantum revolution” in Europe. The event will bring together representatives from the EU and national institutions, the academia, the private sector and the civil society, to share best practice and provide a broad range of perspectives.

Delegates will:

  • Gain knowledge and insights on the European Cloud Initiative, with a specific focus on the deployment of a European Data Infrastructure
  • Analyse findings from the public consultation on High Performance Computing (HPC) initiative in Europe and the EuroHPC inception impact assessment
  • Examine the state of the art and future of supercomputers in the EU 
  • Explore strategies to enhance cooperation and to reduce external dependence.
  • Appraise the potential for a quantum revolution in the EU and discuss how to make Europe an attractive region for innovation in quantum technologies
  • Learn how to define and implement the most appropriate enabling tools to achieve ambitious objectives for HPC in Europe
  • Develop ways to coordinate public investments and strategies at EU and national level
  • Take part in lively and interactive discussions with key stakeholders in the field of HPC
  • Share best practice on innovative projects on supercomputers and quantum computers





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