HPC-Europa3 visitor programme
HPC-Europa3 is an EC-funded pan-European consortium of ten HPC centres and centres of excellence.
The central activity of HPC-Europa3 is the Transnational Access research visit programme, which funds collaborative research visits of up to three months’ duration for computational scientists working in any discipline which can benefit from access to some of the most powerful computing facilities in Europe.
EPCC has been the Transnational Access co-ordinator since the first HPC-Europa programme began in 2004, providing support and guidance to the other partners, and giving advice to applicants, visitors and their hosts. EPCC is also responsible for co-ordinating the application review and selection process, and providing personalised feedback to all applicants.
EPCC was one of three European HPC centres to run the very first Transnational Access programmes, starting in 1993. A decade later, EPCC joined with Cineca in Bologna and CESCA-CEPBA in Barcelona (now Barcelona Supercomputing Center), combining their 10 years of expertise in running Transnational Access programmes to establish the first HPC-Europa consortium, along with several other European HPC centres.
Eight of the ten consortium partners currently participate in the Transnational Access activity:
- Cineca (Bologna, Italy): www.cineca.it/
- EPCC (Edinburgh, UK): www.epcc.ed.ac.uk/
- BSC (Barcelona, Spain): www.bsc.es/
- HLRS (Stuttgart, Germany): www.hlrs.de/home/
- SURF (Amsterdam, the Netherlands): www.surf.nl/en/research-ict
- CSC (Helsinki, Finland): www.csc.fi/
- GRNET (Athens, Greece): www.grnet.gr/
- ICHEC (Dublin, Ireland): www.ichec.ie/
Visits can be made to any research group, academic or commercial, in any of the countries in which the Transnational Access partners are based, but may not be made to a group within the same country where the visitor is currently working.
The programme is open to researchers of any level, from postgraduate to full professor, from research groups in the EU countries and Associated States. A few places are also available for researchers from outside Europe.
Visits should be motivated by two factors:
- A need for access to some of Europe’s most powerful HPC systems to improve their research activities.
- An identified likelihood of a successful collaboration – either via the forging of new collaborative links, or through the strengthening of a link which already exists between the researchers involved or members of their groups.
During their visits, researchers and hosts are encouraged to work closely together, with the visitor integrated as closely as possible into the host research group. Meanwhile, the relevant HPC centre provides access to HPC resources, as well as consultancy and support to help the visitor make the most efficient use of these resources.