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High Performance Computing Governance Intelligence Gathering

Project description

The European Cloud Initiative: laying the groundwork for effective governance

High-performance computing (HPC) that harnesses supercomputers or many computers in clusters opens the door to computations on Big Data previously not possible. This can significantly enhance the accuracy of analyses, models and predictions, and it will underlie the rapid and reliable responses of applications using edge-connected devices and cloud-based platforms. Among the many areas of application are climate change, the movement of financial markets, disease spread, the workings of our cosmos and the responsiveness of self-driving cars. The EU-funded HPC-GIG project is supporting intelligence-gathering services to foster effective policy-making regarding the governance of the HPC infrastructures underlying the European Cloud Initiative, the cornerstone of the EU’s strategic plan on HPC.


The European Cloud Initiative implementation encompasses different elements and will require a solid governance setup. A cornerstone of this governance is a Joint Undertaking, planned to start activities in 2019. HPC-GIG proposes intelligence gathering services from the European HPC stakeholders to this future ‘HPC Governance’ - HPCG. It aims to facilitate a timely start of its operations, transparently and non-intrusively leveraging the HPC community know-how, organised with enough flexibility to align project activities with the programme schedule and needs during its ramp-up phase, and deliver timely and useful input to the HPCG.
For this purpose the project will:
- establish an effective and responsive communication channel with the HPC Governance;
- engage all relevant stakeholders in the HPC and data ecosystem via dynamically managed ad hoc task forces;
- develop knowledge registries and consolidate networks of expertise which may already exist;
- link national and pan-European activities in the field, involving users, implementers and funders participating in the European HPC and Big Data activities;
- organise workshops for stakeholder groups and/or participating in already-existing strategic HPC events;
- create visibility and position the project within the European HPC and data ecosystem.
The project partners are Europe’s reference players in the main areas of concern:
(a) PRACE (Project Coordinator): provider of world-class HPC for scientific and industrial research;
(b) ETP4HPC: industry-led think tank of European HPC technology stakeholders;
(c) GEANT: the leading European collaboration providing advanced network, infrastructure and services for research and education.
The project partners are very active stakeholders interested in reaching the ECI objectives. Moreover, their in-depth knowledge of the field and the scope of their contacts will facilitate the involvement of users, implementers and funders from the European HPC ecosysstem.

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Net EU contribution
€ 528 660,25
1050 Bruxelles / Brussel

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Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
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€ 762 730,00

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