EuroHPC Overview

What is EuroHPC?

On September 1st, 2020, the EuroCC and Castiel, two new projects to boost European HPC (High Performance Computing) knowledge and opportunities have started.

Within the EuroCC project under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 (H2020), participating countries are tasked with establishing a single National Competence Centre (NCC) in the area of high-performance computing (HPC) in their respective countries.

These NCCs will coordinate activities in all HPC-related fields at the national level and serve as a contact point for customers from industry, science, (future) HPC experts, and the general public alike. The EuroCC project is funded 50% through H2020 (EuroHPC Joint Undertaking [JU]) and 50% through national funding programs within the partner countries.

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What is CASTIEL?

The Coordination and Support Action (CSA) CASTIEL leads to cross-European networking activities between National Competence Centers (NCCs) in HPC-related topics addressed through the EuroCC project. CASTIEL emphasizes training, industrial interaction and cooperation, business development, raising awareness of HPC-related technologies and expertise.

As a hub for information exchange and training, CASTIEL promotes networking among NCCs and strengthens idea exchange by developing best practices. The identification of synergies, challenges, and possible solutions is implemented through the close cooperation of the NCCs at a European level.


What is the relationship between CASTIEL and EuroCC?

CASTIEL, the Coordination and Support Action (CSA) closely associated with EuroCC, combines the National Competence Centres (NCC) formed in EuroCC into a pan-European network. The aggregation of HPC, HPDA, and AI competencies demonstrates the global competitiveness of the EU partners. The two activities are the beginning of a strategic positioning of the European HPC competence and will contribute to the comprehensive independence of the mentioned technologies in Europe.

What is Prace?

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe is an international not-for-profit association located in Brussels, Belgium. Having 26 members from all over Europe, PRACE started since 2008 but it has been active from 2004 due to EU funded initiatives like HPCEUR and HET.

PRACE provides access to 7 leading-edge high performance Tier-0 computing systems located in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland to researchers and scientists from academia and industry through a peer review process. PRACE also provides access to Tier-1 systems located in Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands and United Kingdom. Also, PRACE supports users and user communities in porting, scaling and optimizing their applications to fully exploit the capabilities of the PRACE systems. A lot of Technical Documentation, white papers, benchmark suites and guides are available.

PRACE also provides High-Level Support Teams to fully harness the capabilities of the PRACE Tier-0 systems. Open extensive training courses are available for scientific and industrial HPC users from the Member States of EU and also associated countries to the Horizon 2020 programme. 10 PRACE Training Centres are available and participation in PRACE Training Events is free of charge.

Academic and industrial fields: Plasma physicists/Fusion, Structural Engineering, Particle Physics, Seismology, Numerical Mathematics, Genome, Statistical Physics, Signal Processing in Earth Observation, Computational Chemistry, Electrical Engineering/Nanotechnology, Informatics, Climate Physics, Computational physics, Chemistry/Materials Science, Chemistry/Multiscale modeling, Mathematics, Electrolytes, Biomechanics, Biology, Structural Biology, Biophysics/Molecular dynamics, Geosciences, Chemical Sciences/Materials, Climate Atmosphere, Astrophysics, High Energy Physics, Atmospheric physics/Oceanography, Fluid dynamics, Aeronautics/Aerospace, Oil/Gas, Life Sciences/Pharma, Automotive/Transport.

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