Serpens for Kepler
Supercomputing Expertise for Small And Medium Enterprises
HPC competence centres have been set up in some Member States to facilitate access and take-up by industry and in particular SMEs of HPC services. As yet these centres do not cover the whole of Europe. Supporting one network of HPC competence centres will promote access to computational expertise anywhere in Europe and enable the dissemination of best practice in HPC industrial use particularly for SMEs. This topic contributes to the implementation of the European HPC strategy, in particular to foster the use of HPC by SMEs.
Scheduled finish date: 2017-06-01
SESAME Net is funded through the European Commission's program for research and innovation Horizon 2020 and has been awarded financial support for a total sum of two million euro.
The founder members, consisting of various European HPC centers and institutions will initially exchange experience and best-practices on supporting and collaborating with SMEs. Building upon this experience, the network will work on strategies for improving the services offered to SMEs and raising awareness of the benefits and opportunities of HPC technologies.
The aim is to build a pan-European network involving HPC service providers and SMEs including SMEs from countries without HPC centers.
The network will facilitate the exchange of knowledge as well as the provision of technical support and HPC infrastructure. The funding partners intend to organize regional workshops with SMEs and offer a wide range of best practice and support material.
The initial SESAME network consists of 15 organisations, including companies, public research institutes and universities from 13 European countries, from Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom. Leadership and coordination is taken by HPC Wales with support from Bangor University (UK).
The SESAME Net kick-off meeting was held in July 2015 in Brussels. It offered an excellent opportunity for the partners to get to know each other and to discuss planned activities as well as first steps in the six different work packages.
In October first achievements were presented at a second meeting in Lisbon. And the project had the unique opportunity of presenting at the Commission’s Open Science booth in the EC Village at ICT2015.
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).
PSNC will be involved in all tasks carrying out project duties in Poland.
• networking of existing HPC competence centres providing HPC services to exchange best practices and pool technical, expertise or business resources;
• awareness raising and visibility activities of the benefits of HPC for SMEs in particular for countries that do not currently have such centres;
• 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;
• training (in synergy with the activities carried out by other organisations providing specific training for SMEs in HPC);