This dedicated session on High Performance Computing (HPC) is a major milestone in the building up of the European Cloud initiative and notably the High Performance Computing (HPC) part under the Digitising Europe strategy as announced in April 2016 and endorsed by the European Council in June 2016.

The agenda features a welcome introductory speech by a high level representative of the European Commission.

It will be followed by the Member States' signature of the Declaration of European cooperation on High Performance Computing (HPC).

Representatives of Member States and European Industry and Academia will discuss topics linked to HPC. The first panel will debate on areas where High Performance Computing and Data infrastructures upraise Europe's scientific capacity, industrial competitiveness and address societal challenges in their countries. The second panel deals with how Europe can become one of the top supercomputing powers in the world and why it is important.

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10:00 to 10:15
Welcome speeches and video introduction
  • Valeria Fedeli, Italian Minister of Education, University and Research
  • Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market
  • Video introduction "Europe as a global player in High Performance Computing"
10:15 to 10:30
Signature of the Declaration of European cooperation on HPC
10:30 to 11:15
Panel I - HPC: A new drive in the European Digital Economy

Views of the Member States on the challenges in research and innovation where HPC can be of key importance in solving issues: climate change environment, energy efficiency, health, etc.

Moderator: Francesco Profumo, President, Compagnia di San Paolo

  • Mark Bressers, Director for ICT policies, Ministry of Economic Affairs - the Netherlands
  • Stefano Firpo, General Director for Industrial policy, competitiveness and SME, Ministry of Economic Development - Italy
  • Manuel Heitor, Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education - Portugal
  • Thierry Mandon, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research - France
  • Etienne Schneider, Vice Prime Minister, Minister for the Economy - Luxembourg
  • Krzysztof Szubert, Secretary of State/Deputy Minister and the Government Plenipotentiary for Digital Single Market - Poland
  • Carmen Vela, Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation - Spain
  • Herbert Zeisel, Deputy Director General for Key Technologies for Growth, Ministry of Education and Research - Germany
11:15 to 12:00
Panel II - How Europe can regain leadership in HPC

Views of the European Industry and Academia on the requirements for placing Europe as a world leader in HPC.

Moderator: Maria Chiara Carrozza, Member of the Italian Parliament

  • Xavier Prats Monné, Director General, Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), European Commission
  • Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO, ATOS SE, France
  • Wolfgang Marquardt, Chairman of the Board of Director, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  • Susana Sargento, Associate Professor, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
  • Thomas Schulthess, Director, Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, Switzerland
  • Roberto Siagri, President and CEO, Eurotech SpA, Italy
  • Mateo Valero, Director, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain
12:00 to 12:15