Kick off for the EU-project EuroCC

By Cecilie Maagaard Winther , 17/09/20
And we're off. The two-year EU-project EuroCC, that is a collaboration between all 8 Danish universities and DeiC have begun. EuroCC Denmark is going to be the national competence center and is to strengthen and expand the use of supercomputers.

The Danish EuroCC project officially began on the 1st of June 2020, and with the virtual kick-off Thursday the 18th of June, we are now truly well under way.

EuroCC is a big EU-project with participation from 34 European countries, that will bring together expertise to set up a network of National Competence Centers in HPC. The project is a part of the big EuroHPC project and the “CC” is the part where each country has to set up a national Competence Centre.

Coordinate and spread the use of HPC

The primary job for the Danish Euro Competence Center is to coordinate and facilitate the HPC activities internally in Denmark. The purpose of the project is to strengthen the HPC competences at all 8 universities and in the industry primarily among the small and medium sized enterprises. The objective is to expand the general use of HPC resources at the universities but in particular to attract new users and users from scientific fields where HPC is not traditionally used.

Besides universities and industry, the goal is also to allow public administration access to more HPC resources.

The collaboration in EuroCC must eventually also educate Danish HPC users to better make calculation on the big European Pre-exascale supercomputers like LUMI in Finland. 

The Competence Center in Denmark is divided into 7 different work packages each linked with 2 different universities that will respectively be working with training and education, collaboration with industry, a common science catalog, communication and development of new tools.

A two-year project

The project is a two-year collaboration between all Danish universities, at the universities but coordinated by DeiC with Head of HPC Eske Christiansen in the lead.

From KU it is Kenneth Skovhede who participates, from RUC it is professor Thomas Schrøder, from AAU it is professor Kåre Lehmann Nielsen, from SDU it is professor Claudio Pica, from AU professor Ove Christiansen, from ITU professor Philippe Bonnet, from CBS it is chief consultant Lars Nondal and from DTU it is associated professor Sven Karlsson who participates in the project.

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