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I would like to comment on

I would like to comment on the role of e-Infrastructures for Mathematics. European e-Infrastructures can support the computational needs of mathematicians by providing the capacity and capability in terms of storage and computing that may not be available locally to the scientist, as part of the ICT services offered by the home research institute.

The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI, http://www.egi.eu/) provided to user communities active in the Mathematics domain 30 Million CPU hours of computation since 2004, where the largest amount of computing resources was offered by the Dutch national infrastructure, followed by CERN, France and Greece (http://accounting.egi.eu/vodis.php?query=sumelap&startYear=2004&startMon...).

Being EGI a federation of national infrastructures, it can help mathematicians by offering the ICT services that may not be available locally/nationally. So far, EGI has offered services for Authentication, Authorization and Identity Management, computing and data management.

To date, we (EGI) lack a Virtual Research Community active in the Mathematics disciplinary area, so it is difficult to approach Mathematicians at a European level, most of these are being supported by the national e-Infrastructures as part of the long-tail of science.The EC could help EGI in approaching European networks of Mathematicians with dedicated workshops. Such events would help European e-infrastructures to better network with this European research community and to understand the needs both in terms of ICT capacity and capability.

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Interesting contributions already - thanks!

From the contributions already received, I am convinced we will have a very interesting workshop, alive with active discussions about mathematics and what it has to offer to tackle modern digital challenges. Many thanks for everything that has been posted already!

I have had today discussions with some mathematicians, both academians and those working with industry, all showing enthousiasm in getting together to discuss and identify mathematics as one of the powers behind the digital revolution. This will be a very interesting workshop, I am convinced!

The potential for mathematicians to contribute, at various levels, to the development of new digital tools and methods, is clear. That development potential and need is not only growing at high speed but at an exponentially growing speed. The more complex our environment becomes - the more data, the more powerful computers, the more linked everything is with everything else - the more demand there is for optimisation algorithms, pattern recognition, modelling, in general finding new, innovative solutions to tackle the new problems encountered due to new magnitudes. It will be good to identify what this means or can mean in practical terms - perhaps we can start that reflection at the workshop!

There has been discussion around a Virtual Research Environment for mathematics. This linked to a specific thematic field of mathematics, bringing together SMEs and researchers as well as research centres, mathematicians and technicians, to tackle and generalise mathematical challenges to serve the European research community, continues to be an excellent idea. Our Workprogramme for Research Infrastructures - one of the background documents - contains a topic inviting these interests to come together: Topic EINFRA-9-2015 – e-Infrastructures for virtual research environments (VRE).

As collaborators for industry, mathematicians have a lot of innovation potential - and can be solution oriented. Several areas are already mentioned in the comments: Mathematical modelling, simulation and optimization amongst others are areas which are key to both HPC development and Big Data, and on the other hand, can produce fantastic results from the vast amounts of data that we are struggling to find ways to tackle in Europe.

I thank you for all contributions so far and encourage new contributions!

Please key to your calendars the preliminary dates: at present we are hoping to organise the Workshop in Brussels 6 or 7 November. To be confirmed...

and ps: thanks for the tip on the Turing movie...! another Beautiful Mind -style I suspect!

 

 

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Role of Mathematics

Napoleon said "The advancement and perfection of mathematics are intimately connected with the prosperity of the state".
 
It has never been more true than today.  With the challenges we are facing today, paradigmal shifts in economy, data, health care, the role of mathematics will only grow. In fact, large scale pan-European intiatives to update and build modern mathemtatical infrastructure should have been initiated yesterday.  We are already slightly behind. However,  not all is lost, with the a few strategically chosen programs in applied mathematics, optimization, operations research, we can prepare Europe for the changes ahead.
                             
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puertao's picture

Mathematics Directorate General

There are 3 "hot areas" of intensive research on Digital Science, strictly related to Maths.

1. Exascale
2. Quantum Technologies
3. Neurosynaptics and Neuroprocessors

In particular the area of algorithms and programming techniques were, with these new contexts would required new ideas, creativity and differents approaches . It 's high time to consider Mathematics from a wider perspective dedicating a single EC Directorate General for the Nature's Language. You should be able to better coordinate and focus the investments, research and policies.
Without forgetting to put in the same context the Complexy Research field.

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Input from ETP4HPC

I am writing this on behalf of ETP4HPC (www.etp4hpc.eu) - the European Technology Platform for High-Performance Computing. Our members will log their comments in this consultation process on an individual basis. Also, in relation to this item:

• The preparation of the FET Proactive (HPC) and/or the e-Infrastructure Work Programmes 2016-17 under the Excellent Science pillar of Horizon 2020. Do you have a concrete proposal for a topic linked to this discussion to be included in the next work programmes?

ETP4HPC has a Strategic Research Agenda in place (SRA - available at the website above) and we are working on another document including proposals for the next round of the FETHPC calls. Our next SRA will include a reference to Mathematics and Digital Sciences and we will issues a separate document to express our position on this topic (target date - end of Sept 2014). We are also interested in participating in any events/workshops in relation to this consultation process. Thank you.

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Topics linked to the discussion

The WP2016-2017 is now in its preparatory phases which has included several consultations. Also this consultation will feed into the WP drafting. The consultation has certainly been very succesful with lots of high level participation and comments of great relevance, and we see a clear need for a follow-up! This is why we aim to organise a workshop (which we hope we will very soon be able to announce) and in that workshop get more concrete input for the Workprogrammes and topics supporting mathematics' development.

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Preparation for 6 November Workshop

Dear all, many thanks for your comments. The workshop will take place, as announced 6 November. We will introduce a web registration, with a call for presentations soon.
I hope this workshop will work as inspiration and produce some concrete contributions as input for the Commission Horizon2020 Workprogramme 2016-2017, in areas where pan-European mathematics' development for/with HPC or big data is crucial for Europe, and we could support that at European level.
It would be great now to have comments, ideas and and discussion at a more concrete level - what could be useful pan-European support for mathematics in the areas of HPC, big data, e-infrastructures?

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registrations!

we are opening for registrations next week! All contributors are very welcome to share this intriguing discussion face-to-face in Brussels 6 November.
we will come back to the practicalities...

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Dear mathematicians, thank you and welcome!

Our consultation is closing. We received a good amount contributions, coming from various mathematical disciplines and viewpoints, all of them interesting and important – some very pragmatic, some providing more theoretical insight.

I sincerely thank all contributors. We appreciate the time you took to share your views with us and with the mathematical society following the consultation.

We have seen that there is a huge potential for discussion and exchanges of views, as well as for “cross-fertilisation” across different mathematical fields for finding synergies and ways of collaboration. We are keen to exploit this potential for the benefit of pan-European development in mathematics for Digital Science.

This is why we are organising, as already announced, on 6 November 2014, an interactive workshop here in Brussels, where all participants have the possibility and an invitation to take active part in the process of identifying tangible outcomes and concrete contributions for our Workprogrammes 2016-2017 in the area of Excellence in Science.

I would be very happy if all the contributors of these valuable mathematical viewpoints would be available to participate in this workshop.

Finally, I apologize that the registration page is not up and running yet due to some technical challenges. We hope to publish it in the very near future!

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