Fortissimo! Digital simulation and modelling for European industry

Author: Mark Parsons
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 | 10:27

I am very pleased to announce the start of Fortissimo, a 3-year project led by EPCC that will focus on the development of a Cloud of HPC resources for use, initially, by European manufacturing companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

EPCC has worked with companies – large and small – since it was set up in 1990. Despite our best efforts we know there are many companies across Europe who could benefit from HPC-enabled modelling and simulation but who don’t use it, either through a lack of knowledge or fear of its costs or complexity. In Scotland, our most recent programme of support for smaller enterprises, Supercomputing Scotland, has been running successfully for almost two years. The pan-European Fortissimo project will complement our existing activities in this area.

The PlanetHPC project made the case for greater European Commission investment in support for modelling and simulation for Europe’s companies. Building on this work, EPCC led the development of the Fortissimo project as part of the European Commission’s Framework 7 Factories of the Future initiative.

Project structure

Led by EPCC, Fortissimo is split into four equal parts:

  • A core team of partners, mainly HPC service providers, who will create and manage the Cloud of HPC resources
  • An initial tranche of 20 experiments, each involving a company with a modelling and simulation challenge and some experts
  • Two further Open Calls for experiments which will start at Month 12 and 18 of the project.

With total costs of €22 million and funding from the European Commission of €16 million, this is a major project for EPCC. The initial consortium consists of 45 partners and 20 experiments. We expect this to grow to around 90 partners and 50-60 experiments by the end of the project.

Find out more

You can read more about Fortissimo, including the Open Calls, at

Fortissimo press release


Mark Parsons, EPCC


Mark, you are not a very frequent blogger. I hope that you will be more communicative in the future :)

It seems to me that you probably need Globus Online engaged with this initiative?


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