Doing better business with HPC

Author: Terry Sloan
Posted: 28 Aug 2013 | 11:00

EPCC is part of SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe), a Europe-wide programme designed to spread the benefits of advanced computing to smaller companies by giving them the expertise to use HPC to develop new products, services or ways of working. SHAPE is supported by PRACE, the pan-European Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe .

Advanced simulation on HPC systems has created new business opportunities, with many companies now relying on HPC to support prototyping, modelling and processing of new products and services. However, SMEs (small to medium size enterprises) often lack the knowledge and resources to fully exploit the possibilities of new technology.

SHAPE will help European SMEs overcome these barriers. Drawing on the expertise developed by PRACE, it will give SMEs knowledge of advanced design technologies, so allowing them to develop new products and services, reduce time-to-market or cost of R&D, or increase service quality. SHAPE will also support technology transfer between academia (ie PRACE) and industry.

In the initial stage, the SHAPE Pilot will refine the details of the programme by introducing HPC-based tools and techniques into a few SMEs. The Pilot is open to any European SMEs with an interesting idea that can be implemented using HPC, although the selected solutions should have the potential to create a tangible Return on Investment.

Following an open selection process based on business and technical criteria, the project work will define an appropriate HPC model for the selected solution and assess its business and technical viability. It may also be tested on PRACE’s computing resources.

PRACE experts will then work with the selected SMEs to develop their ideas, giving the participating companies the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their HPC solution. Independent service providers may also be brought in to advise.

Applying to SHAPE Pilot

The Call for Applications to the SHAPE Pilot opened on 17 June 2013 and will close on 15th September 2013. Project proposals should be submitted online. Successful applicants will be informed by mid-October 2013.

Find out more

The SHAPE programme is supported by PRACE research. To find out more, please visit or contact



The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is an international non-profit association with its seat in Brussels. The PRACE Research Infrastructure provides a persistent world-class high performance computing service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry in Europe. The computer systems and their operations accessible through PRACE are provided by 4 PRACE members (BSC representing Spain, CINECA representing Italy, GCS representing Germany and GENCI representing France). The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreements RI-261557, RI-283493 and RI-312763. For more information, see


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