Fortissimo is an EU-funded project that enables European SMEs to be more competitive globally through the use of simulation services running on a High Performance Computing (HPC) cloud infrastructure. Through different experiments, Fortissimo partners provide the participating SMEs with free access to HPC-resources via cloud-infrastructure and support them in the planning, implementation and realisation of relevant simulations to improve their industrial products and processes.
One of these Fortissimo innovation experiments called SuRE_HPC has been selected among 110 applicants as the winner of the prestigious Hyperion Research HPC Innovation Award.
Hyperion Research is the new name of the former IDC HPC industry analyst group, which helps IT professionals, business executives and investors to make decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. Their HPC innovation prize is awarded twice a year with the goal to showcase return on investment (ROI) and success stories involving HPC and to raise awareness about the benefits and need of adopting HPC, especially for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs).
The prize awarded to the Fortissimo experiment SuRE_HPC recognises in particular the outstanding achievements enabled by HPC simulation, which allowed the Italian SME Zeco to considerably improve its competitive position.
The experiment was led by CINECA, an HPC centre that provided its expertise and infrastructure. With the help of CINECA and other partners, the SME Zeco developed an HPC application that facilitates the design of a small hydro power plant delivering more energy at lower maintenance cost in drastically reduced time (3 months instead of a year). Offering a much better product at significantly reduced design and therewith production cost and in much shorter time-to-market, Zeco expects to increase its market share by at least 5%. This exactly what was recognised by the granted Innovation Award.