Commenting on the significance of the Irish European Competency Centre within the EuroCC project, Dr Bastian Koller, Manager and Acting Director, High-Performance Computing Centre Stuttgart, where the EuroCC project is being co-ordinated from, said,
“EuroCC is an important pillar in the overall strategy for High Performance Computing in Europe and a natural next step within the EuroHPC Joint Undertakings mission. Strengthening competences in all the participating states will lead to a strong and capable HPC Ecosystem in Europe and increase its competitiveness in a global context. With a budget of over €56m in total which includes funding from the JU via the H2020 program and funding by the different countries, this is an important and focused action to boost the capabilities of the individual European member states. EuroHPC has committed €500,000 for Irish SMEs which is matched by an equivalent investment by the Irish Government.”
Commenting on the SME Accelerator Programme, Peter Woods, Business Development Manager, ICHEC, said,
“The EuroCC in Ireland is offering fast-track access for Academics and SMEs to European Exascale supercomputing resources. Many companies understand the opportunity HPC and AI have for their business but lack the skills to exploit these technologies. This SME Accelerator will bridge that gap.
Bringing skills in HPC and AI into SMEs is now being prioritised in Europe and in Ireland as part of the Euro HPC Joint Undertaking, a joint initiative between the EU, European countries and private partners to develop a World Class Supercomputing Ecosystem in Europe. It is a fully funded service which SMEs can avail of.”
The services will be carried out by ICHEC staff in conjunction with qualifying SMEs. It is envisaged that the Accelerator companies will receive ICHEC support for a minimum of six months.
The SME Accelerator aims to,
- Increase the innovation potential of SMEs, using advanced High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructures, applications and services.
- Provide access to HPC-based infrastructures and services to a wide range of users for new and emerging data and compute-intensive applications and services.
- Foster wider innovations by exchanging and promoting best practice use cases or application experiences.
- Provide an effective mechanism for inclusion of innovative, agile SMEs lowering the barriers for small actors to enter the market and exploit new business opportunities.
“Over the coming weeks we will provide detailed guidance on the process which companies will need to follow to apply for a place in the Accelerator. We are keen to get started incubating companies by the end of Q1 2021,” Woods continued. “This is a fantastic opportunity for these companies, free of cost to them which will bring them up-to-speed in these new and exciting technologies. We look forward to working with them to support their ideas and models.”
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