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13 May 2019 - 17 May 2019


13 May 2019
17 May 2019
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The EuroHPC Summit Week 2019 closed successfully and gathered the main HPC stakeholders from 13 May to 17 May 2019 in Poznań, Poland. The entire week was organised by PRACE, EXDCI-2 and ETP4HPC. PRACE’s Polish Member, the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC), hosted the EuroHPC Summit Week. More than 360 participants joined plenary sessions, parallel sessions, and discussions to tackle the important topics facing science, industry and the HPC landscape.


A packed plenary programme offered the attendees fascinating insights into scientific and industrial achievements and other crucial challenges tackled in the European HPC landscape. Serge Bogaerts (Managing Director of PRACE, Chair of the EuroHPC Summit Week 2019 / PRACEdays19 Organisation and Programme Committee) opened with a Welcome note the conference and gave over the floor to the Opening presentation held by Norbert Meyer (Supercomputing Division Director, Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center). Thomas Lippert (FZ Jülich, Chair of the PRACE Council) provided an interesting overview about PRACE.

An update on the activities of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU) was presented by Thomas Skordas (Director of DG CONNECT, Directorate C “Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure” of the European Commission, and Vice Chair of the EuroHPC Governing Board). This was followed by Erik Huizer’s (CEO of GÉANT) interesting presentation on “Why NRENs are essential for a successful EuroHPC?”

Sinéad Ryan (Trinity College Dublin) and Núria López (ICIQ; Chair of the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee) gave an insightful presentation about “The Scientific Case for Computing in Europe 2018-2026”, drawing attention to the achievements of computational science across various research domains and recommending to invest in the European HPC infrastructure to bring further benefits to society.

Highlights of the conference were the scientific keynotes given by Marina Bécoulet (CEA) “Challenges of First Principle Modelling and Role of HPC in Magnetic Fusion” and Vadim Monteiller (CNRS) “In Memoriam – Dimitri Komatitsch”, and the industrial keynote by Julien Harou (University of Manchester) “Water Resource Modelling” and Ange Caruso (EDF) “Modelling and simulation issues at EDF enabling energy challenges”.

How to tackle the different needs of Big Data projects and the increasing demands of HPC were important topics during the plenary as well. The Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing (BDEC) provided a European and international view on this challenge on Wednesday morning. The two keynotes given by David Eyes (KAUST) and Rosa Badia (BSC) emphasised the challenges and expectations, and potential solutions for the “Digital continuum” on which rely the next generation platforms, tackling with heterogeneity of data and computing resources.

PRACE held the 6th edition of the PRACE Scientific and Industrial Conference (PRACEdays19) as part of the EuroHPC Summit Week 2019. PRACEdays19 included eight parallel scientific tracks and one industrial track in afternoon sessions from Tuesday to Wednesday. More than 30 speakers were given about a wide range of scientific topics including Physics, Life Sciences, or Computation Science / Towards Exascale. One of the highlights was the presentation of Michele Buzzicotti, (University of University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy ) “Energy cascade in rotating turbulent flows” in the Physics track. The industrial session provided a good platform for the speakers to present their interesting results such as outcomes of the SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe) programme and the necessity of collaboration between industry and science. The inspiring presentation held by Oriol Lehmkuhl “High fidelity simulation of vortex induced vibrations for flow control and energy harvesting” was an example for a fruitful interaction between industry and science.

The PRACEdays Poster Session provided a platform for 11 poster presenters to explain their research project to the attendees.

The PRACE User Forum Open Session chaired by Troels Haugbølle, provided a good insight into the needs of the HPC users, underlined by the results of a survey carried out in spring 2019 among the principal investigators (PIs) of PRACE Tier-0 projects. Likewise the PRACE Peer Review process was presented by Maria Grazia Giuffreda. This session was live streamed and the recording can be viewed in links which which follow.

An overview of PRACEDays18, details of the awards, presentations presented. pracedays18 media coverage, as well as videos and picture of the event, can be found using the links below.

Please read the PRACEdays19 Executive Summary to get the flavor of this interesting and inspiring conference. ExecSumm

PRACEdays19 Videos

The PRACEdays User forum and PRACEdays Panel Discussion videos can be found here.

But first, a summary video of PRACEdays19 below.

Below, the video of the PRACE User Forum Open Session chaired by Troels Haugbølle.

Below, the video of the PRACEdays19 panel discussionmoderated by Guy Lonsdale of SCAPOS.

Topic: The future of scientific and industrial computing in Europe