Consortium

Our vision is that, with the combined efforts of the diverse partners, HPC5 will create the most innovative, creative and powerful network for HPC and cloud computing services in the Slovenia-Italy cross-border region. HPC5 will stimulate, facilitate and sustain a business growth system in technologically oriented vertical niches that will generate employment opportunities, improved living standards, fuel innovation, increase competitiveness and create greater investment opportunities in the region. The network aims to be the catalyst for attracting cutting-edge skills needed to spawn research and innovation in the cross-border region.

nurture375 7i59Today, High Performance Computing (HPC) is an integral component in almost every walk of life, helping researchers gain insight into grand scientific or societal challenges, such as calculations for understanding the nature of matter or analysing the human genome. It has become omnipresent and a key driver of innovation in a variety of industries that require precision and speed, with uses ranging from the structural design of airplanes to risk of default analysis. The European Union has clearly recognized the importance of HPC, with the European Commission recently putting forth a plan to double HPC investments from €630 million to €1.2 billion, with a significant amount going to infrastructure development, training and the creation of new centres of excellence.

The thirteen founding partners from the cross-border region have decided to join their infrastructure, knowledge and capabilities to establish the High Performance and Cloud Computing Cross-Border Competence Consortium (HPC5). The development of the consortium has been initiated within the support from iCON project under the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Slovenia-Italy 2007-2013.

The founding partners foresaw a great potential for this consortium due to the vibrant industry which currently exists in the cross-border region, with a strong base in High Performance Computing (HPC) and Cloud Computing (CC). The founding and external partners, which will be discussed in more detail later on, represent leading infrastructure, services and research capabilities in the region. The region also provides strong FIRE (Finance, Insurance, Real Estate) and MUSH (Municipalities, Universities, Schools, Hospitals) market drivers as well as low costs of doing business and a strong labour pool.

What is lacking, however, is a mature regional innovation network with well-developed vertical and horizontal linkages amongst infrastructure and service providers, OEM’s, industry, universities, research institutions and so forth. Development of this innovation network will also require recognition and support from politicians, municipalities and government, as well identification of funding sources. math 400

Our vision is that, with the combined efforts of the diverse partners, HPC5 will create the most innovative, creative and powerful network for HPC and cloud computing services in the Italy-Slovenia cross-border region. HPC5 will stimulate, facilitate and sustain a business growth system in technologically oriented vertical niches that will generate employment opportunities, improved living standards, fuel innovation, increase competitiveness and create greater investment opportunities in the region. The network aims to be the catalyst for attracting cutting-edge skills needed to spawn research and innovation in the cross-border region.

The initiative will make the Italy-Slovenia cross-border region a leader in the use of HPC and attractive to world-class researchers and businesses looking work with HPC skills and technology. HPC5 will also focus developing HPC knowledge within the region to ensures continuous growth the regions continuous growth.