"E-CAM with its focus on the development of expert computational science skills, support for cutting-edge research, and consultancy services to innovative industries has the potential to be of significant importance in the national, European and global stage", Damien English TD, Irish Minister for Skills, Research & Innovation
The next generation of supercomputing technologies and applications enables tens of thousands of researchers across Europe to use the power of massively parallel supercomputers to solve scientific problems that cannot be answered in the laboratory.
Following the Call for Centres of Excellence for computing applications under e-Infrastructures, E-CAM will be one of the eight Centres of Excellence (CoEs) for computing applications working to strenghten Europe's existing leadership in HPC applications.
Super Computing is increasingly a key tool of researchers in all fields, from genomics and ecology to medicine, engineering and education, and mastering HPC technologies is vital for Europe’s ability to innovate.
E-CAM will create, develop and sustain a European infrastructure for computational science applied to simulation and modelling of materials and of biological processes of industrial and societal interest through three complementary instruments:
- The development, and dissemination of software targeted at end-user needs;
- Advanced training of current and future academic and industrial researchers to exploit this software and associated underpinning software standards; and
- Multidisciplinary, applied consultancy to support industrial end-users (both large multinationals and SMEs) in their use of simulation and modelling.
The E-CAM project will do this directly through 18 institutions across Europe including four national supercomputer centres, and industrial associates (including multi-nationals and SME's). The project will involve a wide community of researchers, scientists and engineers and will cooperate closely with other Centres of Excellence and EU initiatives to help grow the European computational science ecosystem.
Co-funded by the European Union, the project has a budget of 4,8M€ and a 60 months duration.