Supercomputers for all: The next frontier for Europe’s high performance computing



On 9 September 2013 PRACE supported Science|Business in the organisation of a top-level debate under the motto Supercomputers for all: The next frontier for Europe’s high performance computing. The event gathered high-level representatives from the EU Institutions, academia and industry.

Catherine Rivière, Chair of the PRACE Council, underlined the importance of PRACE as the provider of 80% of HPC capacity for research in Europe: “In three years, some real breakthroughs have been realised because of the possibility to have access to big computers,” said Rivière. “But with the US, China, and Japan making continuous strides, it is essential for European countries to keep access to such capacity and to make the best use of HPC in the upcoming years.

Her words were echoed by Konstantinos Glinos, Head of the e-Infrastructure Unit at DG Connect in the European Commission, who believes that “the EU has all the necessary know-how and skills to hold its own in the supercomputing race, but needs to increase its investments in HPC in order to be in a leading position. The challenge of ‘big data’ and the transition to ’exascale’ computing provide an opportunity.

Modesto Orozco, Head of the Molecular Modelling and Bioinformatics Group, at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Barcelona, and Peter Hotham, Deputy Director, Operations & Programme at the SESAR Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership between the EU, Eurocontrol (the body that supervises European airspace) and industry, called for increased availability of HPC for science and industry respectively.

Many other personalities from science, industry and government chimed in. Read the full story here.

This article was first published on on Monday 23 September 2013.


The mission of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is to enable high-impact scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society. 

PRACE seeks to realise this mission by offering world class computing and data management resources and services through a peer review process. 

PRACE aisbl is funded by the PRACE Members The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (2014-2020).

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