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European Research is organised by the European Union and administered by the European Commission. There are five year plans. The current is called Horizon 2020, which will end, you guessed right,...



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Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

Basic ICT technologies underpinning the European Open Science Cloud, the European Data Infrastructure, including EuroHPC

The ICT part of H2020 develops basic ICT components.

Work programme 2018 – 2020


Work programme for Information and Communication Technologies

The European Union programme has a broad topic which is called European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The technology infrastructure that is at the basis of this European Open Science Cloud is called European Data Infrastructure (EDI).

The aim of the activities under this section is to enable the creation of a world-class High Performance Computing (HPC)/Big Data (BD) European ecosystem. This ecosystem will strengthen the European technology supply in these areas and will provide innovative, usable and competitive technology that satisfies the demands of users of the European Data Infrastructure.

The European Data Infrastructure technology is developed in the "Information and Communication Technologies" part of Horizon 2020. The 2018 - 2020 work programme contains a topic called "European Data Infrastructure: HPC, Big Data and Cloud technologies" with the following subtopics:

  • ICT-11-2018-2019: HPC and Big Data enabled Large-scale Test-beds and Applications
  • ICT-12-2018-2020: Big Data technologies and extreme-scale analytics
  • ICT-13-2018-2019: Supporting the emergence of data markets and the data economy
  • ICT-14-2019: Co-designing Extreme Scale Demonstrators (EsD)
  • ICT-13-2018-2019: Supporting the emergence of data markets and the data economy
  • ICT-14-2019: Co-designing Extreme Scale Demonstrators (EsD)
  • ICT-15-2019-2020: Cloud Computing
  • ICT-16-2018: Software Technologies

The latter two are not directly related to HPC. The other ones are either HPC or a mix of HPC and Big Data or HPDA (High-performance data analytics).

The total budget for the HPC, Big Data and Cloud technologies is a bit over 300 million euro.

HPC and Big Data enabled Large-scale Test-beds and Applications: The Internet of Things and the convergence of HPC, Big Data and Cloud computing technologies are enabling the emergence of a wide range of innovations. Building industrial large-scale application test-beds that integrate such technologies and that make best use of currently available HPC and data infrastructures will accelerate the pace of digitization and the innovation potential in Europe's key industry sectors.

Big Data technologies and extreme-scale analytics: Rapidly increasing volumes of diverse data from distributed sources create challenges for extracting valuable knowledge and commercial value from data. This calls for novel methods, approaches and engineering paradigms in analytics and data management. As the success will require not only efficient data processing/management but also sufficient computing capacity and connectivity, a coordinated action with all related areas (e.g. analytics, software engineering, HPC, Cloud technologies, IoT) is necessary and will contribute to a European leadership in these areas.

In addition to the European Data Infrastruture topis, there is one specific action defined: The "Framework Partnership Agreement in European low-power microprocessor technologies" which aims to develop a microprocessor that can be used in European HPC machines. The Framework arrangement was actually part of the previous work programme 2016-2017 in which a consortium will be selected that will be the only invitee for the call in the 2018-2020 work programme.

Within the Framework Partnership Agreement in European low-power microprocessor technologies that will be awarded later this year, the selected consortium will be invited to submit a Research and Innovation Action proposal for the design and development of European low-power processors and related technologies for extreme-scale, high-performance, big-data and emerging applications, in the automotive sector for example, in accordance with the research roadmap defined in the Framework Partnership Agreement. The designs should follow a modular approach that would allow a rapid scale-up or scale-down.

There will be two calls: one in 2018 for 80 million euro, and one in 2020 for 40 million euro.

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Advisory Groups and Platforms


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European HPC Initative

The exascale race is not over, yet. Seven European countries signed a declaration in March 2017 at an HPC session at the Digital Day 2017 in Rome, aiming for the acquisition of two world-class pre-exascale supercomputers preferably starting on 2019-2020, and two world-class full exascale supercomputers preferably starting on 2022-2023. At least one of the two exascale computers should be based on high-quality competitive European technology produced in a co-design approach and its integration in at least one of the two exascale supercomputers. The European Commission reaffirmed Junker's goal of having at least one system amongst the first three in the TOP500 of the world's fastest supercomputers in 2022.

The meanwhile thirtheen countries, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Switzerland, Slovenia, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands Luxembourg and the Netherlands, agreed to the work on an implementation roadmap by the end of 2017 (meanwhile planned for early 2018). That seems a little late to have an all European exascale supercomputer already 5 years later. The funding is not yet clear. How much will the thirteen countries invest? The funding available from the European Union is more or less known from the Horizon 2020 budget: 700 million euro.

In January 2018 it was proposed to establish a new legal entity that would be called EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU). After legal consoltations, that will be established by the end of Septemebr 2018 and have its seat in Luxembourg. Meanwhile 23 countries are expecting to join the EuroHPC JU.

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