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HiPEAC has triggered fundamental changes in the computing systems landscape in Europe

The second edition of HiPEAC successfully passed its final review. The HiPEAC network has fully achieved its objectives and it has even exceeded its expectations, says the EU project officer of the network, Dr. Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos. The next edition of the HiPEAC network will increasingly focus on technology transfer and on the impact of new technologies.

The HiPEAC network, since its creation in 2004, triggered fundamental changes in the European computing systems community, and it has created a long lasting impact in Europe, said the EU project officer of the network, Dr. Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos. The network has fully achieved its objectives and it has even exceeded its expectations, he added. Second edition The second edition of the HiPEAC network started in January 2008 and it ended in January 2012. It was run by a consortium of eight European universities and four companies and it was coordinated by Ghent University, Belgium. At the end of the final review in Göteborg, Sweden, the review panel congratulated the consortium for the impressive progress made over the last four years. The review panel explicitly praised three accomplishments of the second edition of the network: The bi-annual HiPEAC roadmap, which has created a solid vision for computing systems research in Europe, and has become one of the major inputs driving the EU investments in computing systems. The HiPEAC conference which has tripled in attendance over the duration of the project, and is now the second biggest European computing systems conference. The reviews panel also had much appreciation for the efforts to change the publication culture to a journal-first publication model and encourages the network to continue working on this transition. The ACACES summer school which remains a high-quality training event organized by the network, and the biggest event of its kind in Europe, yearly bringing together about 200 students and researchers from all over the world. Third edition Prof. Koen De Bosschere, coordinator of the network, thanked the European Commission for entrusting the consortium a third edition of the HiPEAC network, which will run until 2015. “The focus of the third edition will be to continue the successes of the just finished network, and in addition seriously focus on promoting innovation and stimulating technology transfer, on attracting and training new talent, and on the exploitation of emerging new technologies in computing systems”, he said. De Bosschere explained that the technology transfer will be stimulated by organizing a series of technology transfer workshop, that talent will be attracted via a new job portal and that the emerging new technologies will be introduced through a series of workshops. “These efforts, in combination with the increased funding for computing systems in the next framework program Horizon 2020 must accelerate European innovation in computing systems”, he added.

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