SC17 Denver, CO

European Exascale Projects and Their Global Contributions

Authors: Mr. Jean-Pierre Panziera (European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing, Atos)

Abstract: Europe will present a holistic view of its HPC development and showcase its selected projects that contribute to the global exascale R&D effort.

The European HPC Technology and Application programme covers the entire HPC system stack and application expertise; including system prototypes (see for a full description).

We will summarize our ambitions and the contribution of our projects, present selected technology (Mont-Blanc, SAGE) and application projects (BioExcel) and discuss our role in the global HPC effort. The European EXDCI ( booth, publications (European HPC Handbook) and the ETP4HPC website will facilitate networking before and after the BoF.

Long Description: Europe will present a holistic view of its HPC development and showcase those of its projects that contribute to the global Exa-scale R&D effort, in particular in the form of HPC System Prototypes.

Europe is now home to a vibrant HPC Eco-system, which includes technology provision and application expertise, characterised by a strong understanding of the needs of end-users and application developers. The European Projects have delivered contributions that accelerate the global HPC technology endeavour.

European technology development is based on the Strategic Research Agenda of ETP4HPC (, an industry-led think tank whose objective is to build a world-class HPC technology value chain in Europe and to increase the global market share of European HPC vendors). Application development is centred around the European Centres of Excellence in Computing Applications (CoEs).

Within Horizon 2020, €700M has been allocated to continue the pursuit of this strategy, addressing the topics of HPC technology, co-design and application expertise. Further financial commitments have been announced to facilitate the development of European HPC and its Exa-scale roadmap, including Exa-scale system prototypes and the delivery of full-scale machines.

This BoF will present an integrated view of Europe’s HPC development. It will highlight the key globally significant results of the European HPC Projects, whilst exploring the potential of international collaboration in the context of European investment in extreme-scale computing.

The goals of the session are: - To present an overview of the European HPC ambitions and their implementation mechanisms - To summarise the European HPC technology and applications achievements and present a holistic view of European HPC in the context of the global Exa-scale effort. - To showcase key internationally recognisable successes of the Programme and its projects to the wider community, with a focus on the future HPC System Prototypes - To publicise the areas in which European HPC projects seek international collaboration to those interested in cooperating with European HPC projects and organisations. - To identify the action items needed to stimulate and sustain collaboration, such as networking opportunities in Europe and elsewhere, focused joint workshops and funded actions, with the objective to formulate a proposal for relevant funding agencies.

Material, including a professional European HPC Handbook, will be available prior to the meeting at, providing background reading on the European HPC Technology Ecosystem and more detailed information on the projects that make up this ecosystem. The European EXDCI project ( SC’17 booth will facilitate networking. Project members will be present at the BoF.

The target audiences are: Organisations and project teams that are interested in cooperating with European projects/organisations.

This BoF session is a follow-up on the SC’15 and '16 BoF, which were a huge success (>120 attendees – we need a large room again). At the SC’14 ETP4HPC BoF, the landscape of the European HPC Eco-system was outlined and a discussion was initiated on the areas of international collaboration. Similar sessions presenting the European Exascale projects were held at SC’11 and ‘12 (panel) and ‘13 (BoF).

Conference Presentation: pdf

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