Fortissimo Enabling manufacturing SMEs to benefit from HPC


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It is understood worldwide that to compete in the global marketplace companies need to innovate
Many industrialised economies (both developed and developing) have identified HPC as a key tool for innovation.

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Fortissimo Enabling manufacturing SMEs to benefit from HPC

  1. 1. Fortissimo Enabling manufacturing SMEs to benefit from HPC Andrés Gómez CESGA 05/06/2014 This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 609029.
  2. 2. HPC and economic growth • It is understood worldwide that to compete in the global marketplace companies need to innovate • Many industrialised economies (both developed and developing) have identified HPC as a key tool for innovation • In the USA the phrase “to out compute is to out compete” has been used to make the case to Government • Very few funding agencies have properly tried to study the true economic benefit of HPC to their company base 2
  3. 3. HPC and economic growth • IDC: “Each dollar invested in HPC returned, on average, $356 in revenue and $38 in profits or cost savings.” • IDC: “The pilot study IDC recently completed for the Department of Energy provided further proof that HPC is one of the best investments many companies can make.” Source: Steve Conway, IDC research vice president for HPC, IDC study “HPC: ROI You Can’t Ignore!”, Nov 2013, 3
  4. 4. The Fortissimo Project • Building a Cloud of HPC Resources to solve SMEs’ business challenges • One of the I4MS* projects within the “Factories of the Future” initiative • Complementing generic SME initiatives in EC FP7 Programme - specific support to deliver economic growth through modelling and simulation • Focus on problem solving – not technology development • Brings together all of the players in a marketplace 4 (*) ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs
  5. 5. Our goal To improve company competitiveness through the use of HPC to deliver new or improved products and services Europe has world class HPC assets and expertise Modelling and Simulation using HPC is being increasingly deployed to provide a competitive edge Economic growth for Europe 5
  6. 6. HPC adoption best practice • Many companies don’t make use of HPC because there is a large hurdle to overcome • Initial costs are high: modelling, software, skills • Fortissimo is designed to help companies overcome that hurdle and become regular users of HPC • Demonstrating its value • Based on existing model best practice for working with SMEs • E.g. Supercomputing Scotland 6
  7. 7. Fortissimo – scale & structure • €22m costs, €16m EC funding, 45 partners growing to 90+ over the 3 year duration • 20 initial “Experiments” with SMEs • Each experiment has 2-4 partners • Funding of up to €250,000 per experiment • 2 Open Calls for proposals • First Call has been closed January 2014 • Second closing June 2014 • Optimised financial and legal structure to assist SMEs 7 End user HPC Service Provider Indepen dent Software Vendor Research Software Provider Applicati on Expert HPC Expert
  8. 8. End User HPC Service Provider HPC Expert End user HPC Service Provider Independent Software Vendor Research Software Provider Application Expert HPC Expert End user HPC Service Provider Independent Software Vendor HPC Expert End user HPC Service Provider Independent Software Vendor Application Expert HPC Expert Collaborative scenarios Successful HPC projects rely on multiple collaborative relationships 8
  9. 9. The current “cloud” of experiments 9 ….aerodynamics of light aircraft …continuous casting of metal flanges …high pressure vessels .. Multiphysics simulation .. CFD … automotive design … tools for urban planning … routing architecture optimisation.. .. correlation .. simulation & tests for mechatronics … air-quality over cities … risers, moorings and flowlines ... low-pressure die-casting … … CFD for turbomachinery … structural crash tests … eolian snow transport for civil engineering … … commercial computational chemistry … molecular simulation for industrial chemical engineering .. CO2 emission prediction for automotive engines Information available at:
  10. 10. Key Call Details – 1st Call • 65 proposals • 5 M€ total funding • 22 proposed experiments have been selected for integration (7 from Spain, 1 from Galicia!) • Industrial sectors covered by the new experiments: Automotive, Aerospace, Construction, Energy & Renewable Energy, Envirnomental, Maritime, Metal Processing, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical & Biotech, Plastics • Execution phase will be July 2014 – December 2015 • 34 SME‘s will join with the 22 new experiments 10
  11. 11. The 2nd “cloud” of experiments (now being integrated as a result of Call-1) 11 ….platform for map conversion … electrical harnesses Information available at: ….tidal farm engineering Manufacturing processes… laser welding, sheet-metal forming, advanced casting …. drug target binding Manufacturing design… camshafts, gear transmission, high temp. chimneys, boat design seismic processing .. oil & gas exploration … simulation of pipeline components … radar reflectors & antennas ….environment engineering services … rapid prototyping ... 3D printing optimisation … steel component manufacture … operational decision support for manufacturing Renewable energy … hydraulic turbines Time-temp integrators … Pharma logistics … high temperature superconductors crowd sensing … smart cities & large facilities
  12. 12. Example of Current Experiment 12  End User: Texas Controls  Application Expert: AIMEN  HPC expert: CESGA  HPC provider: CESGA  Host centre: CESGA  Exp. 404 Improved mechanical design of metal flanges  SME: Texas Controls  World leading tightening company  Study tightening using modelling and simulation to improve the process.
  13. 13. 2nd Open Call - Objectives • Competitive call for HPC-Cloud-based Application Experiments for the FORTISSIMO project • Target: simulation services for the benefit of manufacturing SMEs • Priority given to proposals complementing existing Fortissimo experiments Business relevant investigations and demonstrations of simulation services in the Fortissimo HPC Cloud that have the potential to create business benefits for manufacturing SMEs. 13
  14. 14. Open Call Partnering • Experiments will employ the Fortissimo HPC infrastructure by using the HPC Centres already involved in the project. • Proposed experiments should include all participants necessary for the experiment, which may include application/HPC experts or ISVs already included within the Fortissimo consortium. 14
  15. 15. Key Call Details Proposals: (max.) 10-page documents, in English, electronic submission. Submission Deadline: 18th June, 2014, at 17:00 Brussels local time Expected duration of participation: 1st January 2015 to 30th June 2016 Foreseen budget for Call-2: up to 2 M€ funding for new beneficiaries Maximum funding request per proposal: 250,000 € 15
  16. 16. Key Call-2 Documents • Call Text (“introduction”) • Guideline for proposers (“proposers guide”) • Proposal Exemplar, Word & PDF (“exemplar”) • Proposer-Evaluator check-list (“check-list” tab at /calls) • Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ” tab at /calls) 16 Documents & info pages:
  17. 17. Further Information • Fortissimo web page: • I4MS web page: • Fortissimo contact: • LinkedIn: • Twitter: @FortissimoPro 17