June 22–26, 2014
Leipzig, Germany

Session Details

Name: HPC Cloud-Based Simulation Services for Mid Caps & SMEs – First Results from the EU I4MS Initiative
Time: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
03:15 pm - 04:15 pm
Room:   Hall 2
CCL - Congress Center Leipzig
Breaks:04:15 pm - 05:15 pm Coffee Break
Chair:   Max Lemke, EC
Abstract:   The Commission is contributing € 77 million from its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to an innovation initiative for the manufacturing sector aiming at strengthening the competitiveness of European high-tech small and medium size enterprises. This I4MS initiative - ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs – started on 1 July 2013. It is aimed at connecting innovators across value chains in manufacturing and engineering to better profit from newest advances in ICT. For users, that means reducing their risk in being an early adopter of innovative ICT. For suppliers, that means helping the to advance innovative prototypes towards a successful product.
Three out of seven projects focus on the adoption of HPC-cloud-based simulation technologies by SMEs. To make this concept less abstract, here an example: Modelling and simulation technologies are established tools in large companies in manufacturing and engineering, often provided by world-leading companies from Europe including many SMEs. Large companies, like the automotive and aerospace manufacturers and their suppliers, have their own HPC (High Performance Computing) resources dedicated to simulation applications. SME users in small manufacturing businesses scattered across Europe until now were often not able to exploit these technologies for optimising the design and production of their products, because they could not get affordable access to tools, expertise, and computing resources. This is where the three I4MS projects FORTISSIMO, CloudSME and CloudFlow (around 35% of I4MS) step in. The primary goal of about 80 cloud-based simulation experiments carried out by these projects is to pilot affordable one-stop pay-per-use simulation services for SMEs, which include Cloud-based HPC resources. Value chains in experiments typically include users, simulation tool - and HPC resource providers, as well as experts. Innovation is achieved at three levels: user level (novel or advanced use of simulation tools), independent software vendor (experiments with pay-per-use models), HPC providers (provisioning of HPC resources through a Cloud-like business model sustainable as commercial services for industry beyond project duration).
In the session the I4MS initiative will be introduced. Examples of projects and experiments will be highlighted. Finally an overview of open calls for new experiments as well as for opportunities under Phase 2 of I4MS planned to be launched in 2015 will be given.
Presentations: HPC Cloud-Based Simulation Services for Industry – First Results & Future Opportunities in I4MS
03:15 pm - 03:30 pm
  Max Lemke, EC
FORTISSIMO – Bringing HPC Solutions to SMEs across Europe
03:30 pm - 03:45 pm
  Mark Parsons, EPCC
CloudFlow – Computational Cloud Services & Workflows for Agile Engineering
03:45 pm - 04:00 pm
  André Stork, Fraunhofer IGD
A Platform for Running Manufacturing/Engineering Simulations on the Cloud – First Results of the CloudSME Project
04:00 pm - 04:15 pm
  Tamas Kiss, University of Westminster