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High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - HiPEAC (High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation)

Reporting period: 2016-01-01 to 2016-12-31

The HiPEAC Support Action works in the context of the radical paradigm shift towards multicore computing and the convergence of the commodity market, the supercomputing market and the embedded market, making the (heterogeneous) multicore chip the universal computing device of this era.

The top-level objectives of HiPEAC are:

(i) Structuring the European academic and industrial communities by increasing innovation awareness, by closing the gap between the academic and industrial communities, and by stimulating computing systems researchers to actively engage in innovation activities.
(ii) Increasing the impact of dissemination of program achievements and disseminate them beyond the traditional scientific venues.
(iii) Producing a HiPEAC Vision 2017 including evidence-based recommendations on how to improve the innovation potential of EU funded projects in computing systems
(iv) Growing the computing systems community to more than 2000 active members.

The HiPEAC network is very ambitious in its goals and wants to extend its operation beyond the partners of the network. Any excellent European researcher from academia or industry can join the HiPEAC network as a HiPEAC member. HiPEAC members can furthermore link their students, colleagues and collaborators, making them HiPEAC PhD students or HiPEAC affiliated members. Finally, non-European researchers can become associate members. Associate members have almost the same rights as regular HiPEAC members, but as non-Europeans they cannot access the financial resources.
WP1: Community Structuring

This work package focuses on improving the conditions for innovation by creating stronger links between the academic and the industrial world.

In 2016, the HiPEAC Job Portal was renewed and became more attractive and user-friendly. The recruitment officer also actively promoted the portal in the community. This resulted in a strong increase in the number of jobs posted (+67%). The 2016 internship call resulted in the selection of 18 students for an internship grant. 9 out of 18 internships were granted to SMEs and the remaining 9 are granted to large businesses with an equal split. During the industry exhibition at the 2016 conference, 17 booths and 71 industrial posters were put up. Industry talks were organised during the 2016 conference (9 talks) and the Dublin Computing Systems Week (10 talks). HiPEAC educated its members on the importance of innovation by organising entrepreneurial talks at the summer school and the Dublin Computing Systems Week. The network also collaborated intensely with the TETRACOM and the EuroLab-4-HPC Support Actions to stimulate technology transfer and innovation.

WP2: Result Dissemination

This work package wants to professionalize the communication of the HiPEAC support action, and open it up for the news of all the members, and in particular of the research projects. It also runs a roadshow and an award program to improve dissemination. A dedicated communication officer strongly improved the HiPEAC communications and thereby reached out to a wider, more diverse audience outside of the immediate HiPEAC community. A roadshow disseminated the achievements of the HiPEAC members beyond the community and attracted new industry members by attending 3 international trade shows. 60 papers received a HiPEAC Paper Award, 10 members received a HiPEAC technology transfer award. Finally, HiPEAC awarded one distinguished service award.

WP3: Vision Building

This work package produced a set of strategic documents for the community. The HiPEAC vision describes the HiPEAC vision on high-performance embedded architecture and compilation for the coming decade. The sixth version of the vision was published in December, 2016. See In January 2017, it was sent to 456 researchers worldwide and distributed to the more than 500 participants of the HiPEAC 2017 Conference. In 2016, a first impact report was created based on a survey sent out to all partners of FP7 computing systems projects and an analysis of the concrete outcomes of these projects (in terms of papers, IP, trained scientists, ongoing collaborations …). In 2016, HiPEAC also organised two consultation meetings with HiPEAC members and external invitees in collaboration with DG connect.

WP4: Constituency Building

The HiPEAC2016 conference in Prague was the biggest conference HiPEAC organised so far with 650 attendees. 37 papers were presented in the main conference track and 32 workshops and 9 tutorials took place. HiPEAC also organized two computing systems weeks - one in Spring and one in Autumn. These computing systems weeks consist of thematic sessions, technology seminars and industrial partnership program sessions. The primary goal of the large networking events is to bring the HiPEAC community together under one roof on a regular basis, and thereby create an opportunity to meet and make collaboration plans. The ACACES 2016 summer school was held from July 10 to July 16, 2016 in Fiuggi, Italy. The summer school attracted 275 applications which resulted in 187 participants accepting the invitation to attend the event. The 2016 collaboration grant call received 48 proposals. The review board ranked these proposals and 31 were granted. One concertation meeting was organised in colleboration with DG Connect in 2016, bringing together 49 projects to network, disseminate their latest achievements, share best practices and plan for future activities on topics of common interest.

WP5: Management

The Hi
The expected impacts are mostly on the community: reinforce and broaden Europe's strong position in low-power computing in traditional and new market segments by strengthening the technology competences of European suppliers and the academic community. HiPEAC's mission is to strengthen the community: by creating dissemination opportunities for projects and members, by steering the research in the community, by offering high quality training, by organizing effective networking events, by facilitating job mobility across Europe, by attracting non-European talent to Europe …

By defining a complete objective on community structuring with several tasks to facilitate the exchange of (i) information, (ii) people and (iii) knowledge between academia and industry, the HiPEAC support action contributes higher involvement of SMEs, both on the supply and the demand-side.

HiPEAC also contributes to the expected research/business impacts, not by carrying out research projects, but by steering them through its bi-annual vision, and by organizing inspiring keynote talks and training sessions.
Attendees of thematic session at the Porto CSW
HiPEAC Workshop in Krakow
Industrial Exhibition at the conference
Attendees listening to conference keynote