European car industries got together to discuss how to jointly capitalise on the use of high performance computing (HPC) for their business. Representatives of Daimler, Porsche, BMW, VW, Renault, Valeo, PSA, and Faurecia and that of ETP4HPC and PRACE met on 1st April 2014 in Brussels. The workshop was chaired by Thierry Van Der Pyl, Director of Excellence in Science, DG CONNECT, and was organised any moderated by Aniyan Varghese from eInfrastructure Unit. All car companies recognise the strong need of HPC for improving their competitiveness. Shortened design cycle, reduction in CO2, reduction in noise, reduction in emission, weight and cost optimization, optimization of traffic flow and driver assistant, autonomous and connected car, crash simulation, improved hybrid and electric vehicles are all challenges that car companies face. HPC is key to addressing all these, through modelling and simulation. This workshop was an opportunity to share views and consider ways of working together, in particular through opportunities that H2020 offer for HPC Centre of Excellence and HPC Exascale. Report including strengths, key challenges, opportunities, threats/obstacles and potential next steps are available in the 'Synthesis and Next Steps'. Additionally presentations and participants' profiles are also available on this site. Any further questions on this workshop may be sent to:



                          HPC Application for European Car Industries

                         Tuesday, 1st April 2014: 10h00 – 13.00hrs

                Room 0/S5, BU 25, Avenue de Beaulieu 25, B-1160 Brussels

                                        Organiser: Aniyan Varghese

                                    Coffee and registration at 09.30


10:00 – 10:10 Welcome and scene setter 

Thierry Van der Pyl, Director, Excellence in Science, DG CONNECT, European Commission

10:10 – 10.30  HPC strategy and implementation - Opportunities and challenges: 

HPC Public Private Partnership (Leonardo Flores Añover)

HPC Exascale  (Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos)

HPC Centre of Excellence (Aniyan Varghese)


10:30–12:30    Short interventions (round table):

            - Requirements of car industry

            -Economic and societal impact of the use of HPC

            -Common theme of actions by the EU car industries for the use of HPC

            -Use of PPP for HPC

            -Applications of HPC for car industry

            -HPC technology provision and access

            -Potential of a network to share information and strategy development

            -Opportunities in H2020, in particular on exascale and HPC Centres of  Excellence

            -Key stakeholders, potential impact and value creation

Order of presentations

Gienger Michael, ETP4HPC
Guembel Christoph, Porsche
Koehler Juergen, Daimler AG
Legrand François, Valeo
Lemaitre Christophe, Faurecia
Lemaitre Patrick,
Prigent Christophe, PSA Peugeot Citroën
Requena Stephane, PRACE
Reicheneder Josef, BMW
Sundermeier Ralph,
Volkswagen AG

 12:30 - 13:00  Next steps and conclusions                

Key Participants: Representatives of number of European car industries, PRACE, ETP4HPC/cPPP, Relevant DGs from the Commission

Presence list


Name Institute, position
Gienger Michael  ETP4HPC-Head of research group “Service Management & Business Processes”
Guembel Christoph Porsche - Director Virtual Vehicle;Chairman of Board of Porsche Engineering Services
Koehler Juergen Daimler AG-Senior Manager
Legrand François Valeo - CAD and Simulation manager
Lemaitre Christophe Faurecia -Simulation & Testing Director
Lemaitre Patrick Renault - CAE domain IS Manager
Prigent Christophe PSA Peugeot Citroën - IT Manager for CAEngineering , CATesting, System
Engineering applications
Requena Stephane PRACE-Member of the Board of Directors
Reicheneder Josef  BMW-Responsible for Simulation Data Management 
Sundermeier Ralph Volkswagen - Head of Calculation Methods
Commission Representatives
Thierry Van der Pyl Director, Excellence in Science
Aniyan Varghese eInfrastructure
Leonardo  Flores Añover  eInfrastructure
Antonis Barbas eInfrastructure
Andrea Feltrin Future & Emerging Technologies
Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos  Future & Emerging Technologies
Other DGs  
Maria Carbone DG  Move - Transport and Mobility
Maria Alfayate DG  Move - Transport and Mobility