The video highlights the current developments in the field of High-Performance Computing in Europe. Prepared by PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe), the video was presented during the Digital Day that took place in Rome on the 23rd of March 2017.
Researchers, academics and students in Central Asia and Europe are already starting to benefit from the recent deployment of a ring of 1 Gbps circuits for research and education (R&E) across the regions, inaugurated on 25th of April 2017.
Understanding how the retina encodes visual information, compressing rich visual scenes into spikes trains in retinal ganglion cells, the cells that form the sole output from the retina to the brain, remains a challenging question both for biologists and computer scientists. Moreover, understanding how retinal networks encode visual information is essential to develop biologically inspired algorithms for computer vision tasks. Gaining knowledge on these biological processes may also be exploited for artificial vision and prosthetics.
Researchers from the Future & Emerging Technologies (FET) Graphene Flagship have demonstrated the first fully functional microprocessor based on a layered material. Consisting of 115 integrated transistors, the processor chip is a first step toward ultra-thin, flexible devices and holds promise for integrating computational power into everyday objects and surfaces.
The Flanders region in Belgium launched the first call under its renewed support program for innovation procurement. The scheme offers co-financing of certain costs related to the preparation and implementation of pre-commercial procurements and public procurements of innovative solutions. Call deadline is 15 June 2017.
PPI4HPC -Public Procurement of Innovative solutions for High Performance Computing- is forming a buyers group to launch together a joint PPI procurement of about 73 EUR million. The involved supercomputing centres are JUELICH (DE), CEA/GENCI (FR), CINECA (IT) and BSC (ES).
The European Assistance for Innovation Procurement Initiative published the third module of its toolkit on innovation procurement. This module is aimed at legal departments of public procurers and legal experts in general: it explains, illustrated by case law and example legal formulations, the different steps of how to implement innovation procurements in line with the legal framework.
The European Broadband Mapping project will be presented at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Regional Development Forum in Vilnius on 26 April. The mapping project, launched by the European Commission, will result in an interactive online mapping application that will aggregate and benchmark measurements of fixed and mobile broadband connectivity. All Member States of the EU and EEA will be covered. The database and online application will go live in late 2017.