The Fortissimo 2 project is funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and part of the “ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS)” action. Building on the Fortissimo project (funded under the Seventh Framework Programme) established in 2013, Fortissimo 2 contributes to the following technology areas:
- HPC Cloud-based modelling, simulation and analytics services for modelling multiple interconnected phenomena.
- integrating multiple tools across the process chain.
- exploiting the dynamic availability of Big Data.
- integrating novel mobile interfaces for data management and decision support.
- achieving real-time response (application experiments), and addressing comprehensively security and privacy issues at all levels.
The core objective of Fortissimo 2 is to promote the uptake of advanced modelling, simulation and data analytics services by European small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing sector. Adopting latest ICT technology is essential to providing innovative solutions to manufacturing challenges, leading to new and improved products and services.
To achieve its objective, a set of application experiments will be carried out in the course of the project. Fortissimo 2 experiments must address engineering and manufacturing needs in the areas of high-performance data analytics or the modelling and simulation of coupled physical processes. The first batch of experiments has already begun in early 2016; two additional sets of experiments will be selected through open Calls for Proposals (CfP).
Fortissimo 2 will organise two CfPs for additional application experiments. “Call-1” will accommodate experiments to be executed for an 18-month period commencing in November 2016. “Call-2” is expected to be launched in September 2016, leading to another set of 18-month-long experiments starting in May 2017.
The expectations for the proposed experiments are that they should:
- be complementary to those already included in Fortissimo 2 and to those from the original Fortissimo project,
- contain all those actors in the value chain necessary for the realisation of services meeting the end-users’ engineering and manufacturing needs, and
- use the (distributed) HPC resources already offered within the Fortissimo infrastructure to solve real world problems involving high performance data analytics or coupled simulation of physical phenomena.
The new application experiments should provide business relevant investigations and demonstrations of coupled simulation services or Big Data analytics in the Fortissimo HPC Cloud that have the potential to create business benefits for manufacturing SMEs. Priority will be given to experiments that are driven by the requirements of first-time HPC users and to those which involve SMEs and mid-caps. The business-relevance of the application experiments is essential.
Proposed experiments should include all participants necessary for the experiment that may include HPC and Big Data experts, HPC Centres or ISVs either already included within or external to the Fortissimo 2 consortium. Experiments will employ the Fortissimo HPC infrastructure using the HPC Centres already involved in the project.
Detailed instructions for proposal submission, together with information about the evaluation criteria to be applied, will be provided online at: http://www.fortissimo-project.eu/