On 8th of October 2019, the Horizon 2020 project Focus CoE, in collaboration with the European Commission, organized a European HPC Training Stakeholder Workshop in Brussels. The goal was to gather experts and stakeholders both to define the training requirements from different domains/target audiences across academia and industry, and to examine how these requirements may be met by existing or new European and national programmes on HPC education and training.
The workshop attracted 32 participants from institutions across 14 European countries, who represented the interests of different stakeholders including HPC users, developers and education/training providers across both academia and industry. Over three thematic sessions focused on the different communities and careers progression, the participants and panellists discussed various training methodologies (e.g. face-to-face and online learning), initiatives (e.g. mobility, certification programmes) and best practices (e.g. engagement with SMEs, integration into university programmes) to enhance awareness and productive adoption of HPC technologies in the advent of European exascale capability via the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking.
Creating a platform for collective actions
The FocusCoE project has created a platform, the EU HPC CoE General Assembly, that enables all HPC CoEs to collectively define an overriding strategy and collaborative implementation for interactions with and contributions to the EU HPC Ecosystem. It supports the HPC CoEs to achieve enhanced interaction with industry, and SMEs in particular, through concerted outreach and business development actions. FocusCoE also instigates concerted action on training by and for the complete set of HPC CoEs: providing consolidating vehicle for user training offered by the CoEs and PRACE, as well as providing relevant training for the CoEs (e.g. on sustainable business development)
FocusCoE promotes and concerts the capabilities of and services offered by the HPC CoEs and development of the EU HPC CoE brand raising awareness with stakeholders and both academic and industrial users.