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e-infrastructures

e-Infrastructures are infrastructures, including computing and networking supporting scientific research


e-Infrastructures take care of the production supercomputers and HPC systems. This also includes further developments of the usability and management of the machines.

Their main vehicle on a European Scale is PRACE. PRACE provides access to European supercomputers that are located in several countries. The supercomputer centres make part of their capacity available to PRACE. Users go through a peer review system to get access. 

PRACE gets funding through national funding and European Union funding.

Procurement of new machines is now for the first time coordinated through a coordinated public procurement: PPI4HPC. Four supercomputers are procured together in this way: in GENCI, France; Juelich, Germany; BSC, Spain; and CINECA, Italy. This instrument will be used later for procurement of exascale prototypes and exascale systems.

The Human Brain project needs specialized supercomputers. They get funded by the European Union e-Infarstructures programme for such a machine.

A number of HPC Centres of Excellence are funded that have the goal of supporting SMEs (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) with the usage of HPC technology.

 

Work programme 2028 – 2020

Work programme European research infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures)

The work programme "European research infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures)" is focused on infrastructures and infrastructure developments. This includes three sub topics.

  • INFRAEDI-01-2018: Pan-European High Performance Computing infrastructure and services (PRACE)
  • INFRAEDI-02-2018: HPC PPP - Centres of Excellence on HPC
  • INFRAEDI-03-2018: Support to the governance of High Performance Computing Infrastructures
  • INFRAEDI-04-2020: Support to Public Procurement of innovative HPC systems

The "Pan-European High Performance Computing infrastructure and services (PRACE)" aim is to create a world-class pan-European High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure and to provide state-of-the-art services accessible by users independently of their location, by pooling, integrating and rationalising the HPC resources at EU level. Actually, this call is intended to support the supercomputer infrastructure PRACE.

In total the budget for these topics is 178 million euro.

The "HPC PPP - Centres of Excellence on HPC" topic covers two interrelated and synergic areas:

1. Supporting Centres of Excellence (CoE) that promote the use of upcoming exascale and extreme performance computing capabilities in areas where user communities in collaboration with other HPC stakeholders can develop or scale up existing parallel codes towards exascale and extreme scaling performance, resulting into tangible benefits for addressing scientific, industrial or societal challenges.

2. Addressing the fragmentation of activities for excellence in HPC applications, broaden the use of HPC codes in Europe, by establishing a focal point for the consulting skills and training available from the Centres of Ecellence, and from other HPC centres or organisations, including PRACE.

The "Support to Public Procurement of innovative HPC systems" will most likely provide support similar to PP4HPC.

 

More information;

- Draft work programme for 2018 - 2020 of the European Horizon 2020 funding programme shows strong commitment to HPC and exascale with over 450 million euro funding available

- What is a work programme?