By coordinating research, and enabling the sharing of resources, HPCNET will consolidate and add to, the considerable momentum built up in all areas of high-performance computing in recent years.
Initially supported by nineteen of Europe's leading research institutes and companies in HPC, the network is expected to grow to encompass all the major European players in the field. It will offer the opportunity for end-users, designers and researchers to work together on the definition of research orientations, application domains and requirements for human skills and knowledge.
HPCNET's structure includes a general board of representatives of all the nodes, an executive board and different executive committees covering the essential activities of the network: strategic planning and research co-ordination, training and human resources planning, infrastructure planning and, dissemination and industrial relations.
The network will cover the main technologies in HPC such as programming environments and languages, algorithms, operating systems and architectures. Today's HPC market is moving towards openness and standardisation. HPCnet aims at strengthening these trends by participating in the elaboration of emerging standards and vendor-independent techniques eg in parallel languages, open programming environments for HPC and run-time systems based on different communication models.
One of HPCNET's priorities is to facilitate the sharing of Hardware and Software resources at a European scale, thus enabling research teams in large companies (and in SMEs) and public research labs to validate their solutions. Tests for scalability, portability and competitiveness of new HPC products and solutions can be therefore achieved on various platforms or grouping of platforms existing at the different sites.
Several meetings and open research workshops are planned by HPCNET and the network will support exchanges of students and researchers/engineers between the different nodes. The participants will also benefit from a common networking infrastructure for information exchange and results dissemination. A central repository of useful data for the HPC community such as "portable" tools and benchmark codes, will be made available to all the nodes.
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