SC19 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

European HPC Ecosystem Summit


Authors: Oriol Pineda (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), Barcelona Supercomputing Center), Florian Berberich (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE))

Abstract: PRACE has recently engaged in the coordination of European HPC services and activities through a series of events and workshops. This includes access to HPC systems, HPC user support, training in HPC, HPC policy, HPC technology development, HPC operations and dissemination.

The objective of this BoF is to present and discuss the final conclusions of this initiative with the key stakeholders. The conclusions from this BoF will be used to structure the new "HPC in Europe" services portal that will collect the results from this initiative, with a special focus on User Support and Training.


Long Description: Answering the policies of the European Comission ('High Performance Computing: Europe's place in a Global Race', followed by 'European Cloud Initiative - Building a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe'), the European HPC stakeholders have recently engaged in the coordination of their HPC services and activities, with the objective to set the role and responsibilities of each major European HPC actor with regards to Access to HPC systems, HPC user support, Training in HPC, HPC policy, HPC technology development, HPC operations and dissemination. To this end, a working group led by PRACE distributed a self-evaluation survey to more than 80 institutions, in order to identify their services and competences in HPC. The first analysis of the results was presented and discussed during the EuroHPC Summit Week 2019 in Poznan.

In this BoF, the final conclusions of this working group will be presented and discussed, including a proposal for the boundaries and responsibilities in Support to HPC users and Training in HPC among PRACE, the European Centres of Excellence in HPC and other actors. PRACE will organize this BoF and invite the relevant stakeholders to controbute.

The ultimate goal of this BoF session will be to analyse colectively the conclusions of the working group, which will define the structure of the new "HPC in Europe" services portal. The new HPC in Europe portal will provide a framework to collect the complete catalogue of HPC services throughout Europe, following a user-driven and audience-oriented approach. A white paper collecting the conclusions of this BoD will be developed and published to share the results with the stakeholders.




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