FocusCoE is a coordination and support action (CSA) funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme, running from December 2018 until November 2021.
The European Union considers High Performance Computing (HPC) a key technology for ensuring economic and scientific leadership, and has defined an advanced roadmap towards the next level of computing power (Exascale computing, i.e. computer supporting one Billion Billion = 1018 operations per second). In 2018, several member states established the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU), with the goal of acquiring and providing a world-class pre-exascale supercomputing infrastructure for Europe's scientific, industrial and public users, and to support development of a European innovation ecosystem in supercomputing technologies, applications and skills.
The HPC Centres of Excellence (CoEs) are collaborative research projects which together constitute the applications-oriented pillar of the European HPC Ecosystem (complementing infrastructure and computing technology development). FocusCoE will contribute to the success of the EU HPC Ecosystem and the EuroHPC Initiative by supporting the EU HPC CoEs to more effectively fulfil their role within the ecosystem and initiative: ensuring that extreme scale applications result in tangible benefits for addressing scientific, industrial or societal challenges. It will do this by creating an effective platform for the CoEs to coordinate strategic directions and collaboration (addressing possible fragmentation of activities across the CoEs and coordinating interactions with the overall HPC ecosystem) and will provide support services for the CoEs in relation to both industrial outreach and promotion of their services and competences by acting as a focal point for users to discover those services.
FocusCoE is funded in the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Framework in the area “HPC PPP – Centres of Excellence on HPC”(INFRAEDI-02-2018).
Further information: http://www.focus-coe.eu
scapos main contributions
scapos is the project coordinator of FocusCoE and performs the overall project management. scapos also has a major role in establishing and operating the General Assembly, a coordination and collaboration forum for the CoEs.