The Computing Systems Laboratory (CSLab, http://www.cslab.ece.ntua.gr/) is one of the largest research laboratories in the Computer Science Department of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens. The lab is member of the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) of NTUA. ICCS is very active in European co-funded research activities and has been the project coordinator of many EU projects in various programs. It employs experienced staff in administration, training, consulting and development covering aspects of large scale high performance computing, networking and storage, which are most willing to offer their specialized services to the academic research community and to external customers seeking computational power. It is heavily involved in the implementation of several National and International Research projects on Cloud computing, HPC, Big Data, applications, etc. CSLab possesses a strong expertise in large scale distributed systems (Big-Data, Cloud and peer to peer infrastructures), both relative to algorithmic design as well as in the assembly and operation of such systems with a tradition spanning more than three decades in the implementation, optimization and operation of systems at all scales.
LEGAL NAME: Institute of Communication and Computer Systems
Prof. Georgios Goumas
Prof. Nectarios Koziris
University of Manchester is one of the top research-led universities and can lay claim to 25 Nobel Prize winners amongst its current and former staff and students, including 4 current Nobel laureates. The School of Computer Science plays important roles in the two EU FET flagship projects (Graphene and Human Brain Project) and collaborates with the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) experiment headquartered in the university’s Jodrell Bank Observatory. The school also has a long and distinguished research record, including the development of the first stored program computer the late ’40s, and the development of virtual memory among a range of innovations in the Atlas computer in the early ’60s (the UK’s first supercomputer). The school retains strong activities in computer systems and engineering (indeed, graphene, the discovery of which led to the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010, was first observed using a microscope in our engineering and nanotechnology labs). The Advanced Processor Technologies group (APT) continues the excellent record in high performance low-power computer systems, encompassing a range of research activities addressing the formidable complexity of the many-core systems of the future and is one of the few centres of excellence able to design complex silicon (as demonstrated by SpiNNaker; a one million ARM cores massively parallel architecture).
LEGAL NAME: University of Manchester
Prof. John Goodacre
Prof. Mikel Lujan
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) was established in 2005 and is the Spanish National Supercomputing Facility and a hosting member of the PRACE distributed supercomputing infrastructure. The Centre houses MareNostrum one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC was a pioneer in combining HPC service provision, and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof. It is a partner in seven of the nine Centres of Excellence for computing applications (HPC) funded in H2020-EINFRA-2015-1, has collaborated with industry since its creation (i.e ARM, Bull , Airbus as well as numerous SMEs) and participates in various bilateral joint research centres with companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Intel, NVIDIA and Spanish oil company Repsol. The centre has been extremely active in the EC Framework Programmes and has participated in over one hundred projects funded by it. Education and Training is a priority for the centre and many of BSCs researchers are also university lecturers. The Computer Sciences Department focuses on building upon currently available hardware and software technologies and adapting these technologies to make efficient use of supercomputing infrastructures. The department proposes novel architectures for processors and memory hierarchy and develops programming models and innovative implementation approaches for these models as well as tools for performance analysis and prediction.
LEGAL NAME: The Barcelona Supercomputing Centre
The Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) is a major national research centre in Greece. Since its establishment in 1983, it has excelled in all national evaluations and is internationally acknowledged for its excellence in basic and applied research, in developing applications and products, and in providing services. Contributions to this project will come from the Computer Architecture and VLSI Systems (CARV) Laboratory of the Institute of Computer Science of FORTH (FORTH-ICS) that includes the design, implementation, and test of dozens of innovative FPGA, ASIC, board, and System Software prototypes. This expertise recently attracted a number of hi-tec start-up companies to the Science & Technology Park of Crete, bringing close collaboration between FORTH and these highly innovative start-up companies. In High Performance Computing, FORTH within the ExaNeSt FETHPC project that it coordinates, and in cooperation with the ExaNoDe project to which it participates, is building an ARMv8 prototype with UNIMEM global address space, hundreds of nodes, an innovative interconnect, and a novel storage architecture; the predecessor of the EuroEXA testbed.
LEGAL NAME: The Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of the UK’s seven publicly funded Research Councils responsible for supporting, coordinating and promoting research, innovation and skills development in seven distinct fields. It is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation combining access to large-scale facilities with funding for research and innovation. Following significant capital investments from UK government, the STFC Hartree Centre was established to offer a range of services including collaborative software development and access to a range of novel hardware platforms. It combines strengths in business development with high performance computing skills and expertise to create multi-disciplinary capabilities, reinforced by deep ties with industry and academia.[/caption]
LEGAL NAME: The Science and Technology Facilities Council
Dr. Luke Mason
IMEC vzw was founded in 1984 by the Flemish Government and is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium. Currently, it is Europe’s leading independent research centre for the development and licensing of microelectronics and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). IMEC vzw is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence, which is illustrated by the large number of scientific papers that are yearly published, the numerous patent applications that have been submitted, and the several spin-off companies that was set up. IMEC vzw performs scientific research that runs 3 to 10 years ahead of industrial needs. The research activities concentrate on design of integrated information and communication systems; silicon process technology; silicon technology and device integration; microsystems, components and packaging, and advanced software. The group involved in the EuroEXA project is the Exascience Lab (www.exascience.com), which focuses on researching High Performance Computing solutions for computational problems in the Life Sciences. It does this by leveraging the systems and HPC knowledge available at IMEC, the pre-competitive research agenda construction skills that IMEC has gained, and the dynamic hub of research-oriented Life Sciences companies present in the region.
LEGAL NAME: IMEC vzw
Dr. Thomas Ashby
Dr. Tom Vander Aa
ZeroPoint Technologies is a Sweden headquartered high-tech startup (SME) that based on research from the computer architecture group of Chalmers University of Technology develops and markets IP blocks to enable highly efficient memory compression. ZeroPoint Technologies was incorporated in 2015 and today has about ten staff members.
LEGAL NAME: ZeroPoint Technologies
Prof. Per Stenstrom
Iceotope is a UK headquartered technology company specialising in liquid cooling technology for computing and electronics. Iceotope has an extensive portfolio of patents and technology developed from its inception in 2005 through to the present day. The company has circa 40 staff globally, with its head offices in Sheffield. Iceotope’s investors are backed by strategic corporate sponsors including Schneider Electric and Solvay. Keeping systems cool is a significant cost and complexity for the IT industry and its users. Our team of expert engineers have developed the best in breed cooling solution that makes customer innovation and benefit simple to achieve. The result is innovation that delivers real efficiency, making the data centre smaller, more reliable, simpler, cost effective, flexible, future proofed and energy-smart. At Iceotope, we offer a revolution in energy-efficient technology: reducing the cost of computing in every sense.
LEGAL NAME: Iceotope Technologies Limited
Arm Ltd is a world-renowned semiconductor IP company headquartered in Cambridge, UK. Forbes has named ARM as the world’s fifth most innovative company, using the “Innovation Premium”, and is one of only two companies in their “semiconductor” category in the top 100. ARM designs and licenses its IP (e.g. low-end 32-bit and high-end 64-bit CPUs, mobile GPUs, various peripherals, physical libraries etc.) to its chip manufacturing Partners. Energy efficiency is the DNA of its technology; ARM is the architecture of choice for more than 80% of the high-performance embedded products in design, and for more than 90% of the mobile phones. Today, there are more than 1000 partners in the ARM Connected Community, utilising ARM’s low-cost, power-efficient core designs to create and manufacture microprocessors, peripherals and SoC solutions. ARM Powered microprocessors drive key functions in a variety of applications in diverse markets, including automotive, consumer entertainment, imaging, microcontrollers, IoT and wearable devices, networking, storage, medical, security, wireless, smartphones, and tablet computers. To date, ARM Partners have shipped more than 70 billion ARM microprocessors. Contributions to this project will come from ARM Development Solutions Group (DSG). DSG develops integrated software products that run on ARM processors, including simulation models and tools, compilers, debuggers, performance analysers and IDEs.
LEGAL NAME: Arm Ltd
Dr. David Lecomber
Dr. Oliver Perks
Synelixis Solutions S.A is a high-tech SME, that provides turnkey cloud, networking, security, HPC, multimedia and automation solutions. By utilising modern software technologies, open middleware platforms executed on top of tailor made hardware systems, it is able to ensure an optimised solution that fulfils any project’s requirements. It has extensive research background in the RACE I & II, ACTS,ESPRIT and IST European frameworks, being involved in numerous projects and long co-operations with well renowned companies in EU and USA. Synelixis Solutions is a member of the NEM, the NESSI and the eMobility technology platforms, plays a key role in the EC Future Internet Assembly (FIA) and leads the EC Future Internet Architecture (FIArch) group. It is a registered Cisco and Linksys partner, HP DSPP (Developer & Solution Partner Program) and the SUN Microsystems Partner Advantage Program. The company employees have designed several high-end hardware systems including the Fastest Network Processor (as an ASIC) at its time (outperforming Intel’s product), the fastest compressor implemented ever on a high-end FPGA, a very efficient deep packet inspection FPGA-based device as well as two embedded systems for multimedia applications. Synelixis has/is participated/participating and coordinated several EU funded projects in the last 4 years, i.e. ECOSCALE (technical coordinator), HEAP, (Project and Technical Coordinator), HEAP (Technical Coordinator), COAST (technical coordinator), SEA (technical coordinator), ASTRALS (coordinator).
LEGAL NAME: Synelixis Solutions S.A.
Dr. Ioannis Papaefstathiou
Maxeler provides complete hardware and software platforms for large scale High Performance Computing applications using their own reconfigurable dataflow supercomputing technology. Maxeler hardware systems combine conventional CPUs with high performance Dataflow Engines (DFEs) built around Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) chip technology. Maxeler dataflow computers have been used to deliver solutions with 20-30x improvement in performance/W and performance/space with respect to conventional systems across a range of application areas including oil and gas exploration and financial risk analysis. Maxeler’s MaxCompiler is a complete high level development environment for Maxeler systems based around the principles of the Open Spatial Programming Language (OpenSPL); while Maxeler’s MaxelerOS is a combined hardware/software runtime management environment which orchestrates data flows in a live system. Maxeler’s R&D team consists of hardware engineers, software engineers and application experts, based primarily at company’s main headquarters in London, UK.
LEGAL NAME: Maxeler Technologies
Prof. Georgi Gaydadjiev
Dr. Oskar Mencer
Neurasmus BV a research and development company operating under the holding of Erasmus MC. The company was founded in April 2010 by enthusiastic members of the department of Neuroscience. The mission of the company is to valorize already existing intellectual property on the department of Neuroscience as well as the development of new hi-tech medical systems which can be used as research tools or in treatment of neuroscience-related and other diseases. In the last 6 years, Neurasmus has launched a number of commercially available projects/services, which range from completely automated phenotypical tools to a high-tech mobile lab unit for patient visits during clinical trials. Neurasmus is a ISO 27001-certified company (information security management system, ISMS) and has access to all scientific data and intellectual property within the department of Neuroscience and contracts mechanical, software and hardware experts. It is, thus, well-equipped for rapid development from idea to prototype of complex systems. Neurasmus has participated in various EU-level and national-level research and innovation projects.
LEGAL NAME: Neurasmus BV
Ir. Jan-Harm Betting
Ir. Georgios Smaragdos
Dr. Sebastiaan Koekkoek
Prof. Dr. Chris de Zeeuw (CEO)
Dr. Christos Strydis
The Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) is the Italian research agency dedicated to the study of the fundamental constituents of matter and the laws that govern them. INFN states itself as “a community of researchers that invent and develop innovative technologies, making the most accurate measurements humanly possible, posing the ground to discover the fundamental laws of the universe”. INFN employs some 5,000 scientists whose work is recognized internationally for their contribution to various state-of-the-art physics experiments at European laboratories (e.g. CERN, Geneva) and research centers worldwide. The research field requires the use of cutting-edge technology and instruments, including parallel and distributed computing, and cyber-physical interfaces, developed by the INFN at its own laboratories and in collaboration with European industries. Over the years, INFN has had a major role in the development and operation of large scale computing systems and facilities for both capability and capacity: since 1984, the INFN APElab designed and developed several generation of application-driven parallel/distributed supercomputers – APE, APE100, APEmille, APEnext – based on custom high performance and low power processors and low‐latency interconnection infrastructure. More recently the development of APEnet+ 3D-Torus network architecture for GPU accelerated clusters and the participation to the EU H2020 ExaNeSt project represent the continuation of this commitment to HPC. The expertise of our computational physics groups in the field of large scale simulations of complex systems opened the way to INFN coordination of the WaveScales experiment in the HBP project, with the responsibility of developing a high-resolution distributed plastic spiking network simulator of cortical activity.
LEGAL NAME: The Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics
Dr. Piero Vicini
Dr. Pier S. Paolucci
Dr. Alessandro Lonardo
Dr. Fabio Schifano
The Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica) is a governmental research organization with 17 research centers geographically distributed over the national territory, plus the “Galileo” observing facility located in La Palma, Canary Islands. INAF promotes, realizes and coordinates research activities in many astronomical fields, such as optical/infrared astronomy, radio astronomy, X and ray astronomy, particle astrophysics and cosmic physics. It is a major partner of the astrophysics related ESFRI projects (CTA, SKA and E-ELT), and has important participations in several other world class projects, both ground-based (e.g. ALMA, LBT, MAGIC) and space-borne (e.g. Planck, Gaia, Euclid). INAF is also active in the field of infrastructures for research, and in particular high performance and distributed computing technologies (deployment of infrastructure and integration of domain specific applications, leadership of the A&A Heavy Users Community in the FP7 EGI-Inspire project and EGI projects). INAF has an active team carrying out a forefront research activity in the field of Computational Cosmology. Members of this Computational Cosmology Group (CCG) partecipate to several national and international projects that make intensive use of large HPC facilities, with CPU time allocated through competitive scientific proposals (PRACE, CINECA, CAASTRO).
LEGAL NAME: The Italian National Institute for Astrophysics
Dr. Giuliano Taffoni
Dr. Ugo Becciani
The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) is an international organisation supported by 34 Member and Cooperating States. ECMWF’s long-standing principal objectives are the development of numerical methods for weather forecasting, the operational delivery of medium-to-seasonal range weather forecasts for distribution to the meteorological services of the Member States, to lead scientific and technical research directed to the improvement of these forecasts, and the collection and storage of appropriate meteorological data. ECMWF’s computer facility includes supercomputers (currently deployed Cray XC-40 clusters are ranked 17th and 18th in June 2016 top500 list), archiving systems and networks. ECMWF has extensive competence in operating complex global forecasting suites on high-performance computers and in transitioning top-level science from research to operations exploiting innovative approaches in computing science to fulfil the tight runtime and delivery constraints required by Member States.
LEGAL NAME: The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
Dr. Peter Bauer
Dr. Oliver Marsden
Dr. Daniel Thiemert
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft FhG is Europe’s largest organization for application-oriented research. Founded in 1949, the organisation undertakes applied research that drives economic development and serves the wider benefit of society. Its services are solicited by customers a
nd contractual partners in industry, the service sector and public administration. The Fraunhofer Institute for Mathematics ITWM in Kaiserslautern, Germany, focuses on mathematical approaches to practical challenges like optimisation and visualisation. Core competences of the ITWM include processing of large data sets, drafting of mathematical models, problem-solving in numerical algorithms, summarisation of data sets, interactive optimisation of solutions, and visualisation of simulation and sensor data. As part of Fraunhofer ITWM, the Competence Centre for High Performance Computing (CC-HPC) develops innovative HPC solutions fo
r the industry and participates in national and international research programs. Since its foundation in 2002, the CC-HPC focuses primarily on parallel application development and development of HPC tools. This includes the communication middleware GPI (Global Address Space Programming Interface), the GPI-Space programming environment for parallel and big data applications, and the BeeGFS File System formerly known as FhGFS.
Dr. Valeria Bartsch
Dr. Daniel Grunewald
Dr. Matthias Balzer