Specific Challenge

The vast increase of computational power in the last decades has created exciting opportunities. High-Performance Computing (HPC) has become an indispensable tool for industry and academia to innovate in such domains as computer aided engineering, simulations, renewable energy, financial services, satellite, earth observation, advanced image analysis, data science and precision agriculture. Recognized by the EU as a key element for the competitiveness of knowledge-based economies and a major factor in the development of innovative solutions also for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) the project SESAME Net was launched, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme.

Aim of the project is to create a same named open and inclusive European network of Competence Centres and Organizations joining forces in order to raise SMEs’ awareness on HPC and to demonstrate its features and benefits. The network on the one hand enables its members to share experiences, exchange best practices, learn from each other, identify similarities and differences in the circumstances faced in each of the regions, to gain from synergy effects and on the other hand builds a significant mean to strengthen the European middle class. By pooling expertise ranging from classical simulation through high performance data analytics to machine learning, offering consulting services and providing interested SMEs to acquire and build internal expertise SESAME Net aims to become an entry point to HPC for SMEs even for SMEs from countries that do not currently have such centres.

 

 

Scope

  1. networking of existing HPC competence centres providing HPC services to exchange best practices and pool technical, expertise or business resources;
  2. awareness raising and visibility activities of the benefits of HPC for SMEs in particular for countries that do not currently have such centres;
  3. identification of the pool of SMEs and available expertise in the different business areas at European level, and mechanisms to match SME needs and the available expertise;

The aim is to support one network which will address coordination, outreach, training and the exchange of best practice and software components between the participating national and regional competence centres, complementing their current activities and services with actions of a clear European added-value that cannot be performed at local level. Direct support to adoption of HPC by individual SMEs is not expected to be carried out by this network.

This action will be complementary to the actions carried out in the Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing Work Programme 2014-2015 in the specific call for manufacturing, (H2020-FoF-2014/2015) ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS) (topic FoF-9-2015).

 

Expected Impact

The network of HPC competence centres will be a reference for best practices for supporting SME competitiveness through access to HPC;

  • Increased number of SMEs that are aware of the potential and/or become users of HPC;
  • Establishment of a focal point at European level for expertise in HPC use by SMEs;
  • Increase in the size of the HPC market (services, ISVs, computers).