Title: Pan-European Research Infrastructure on High Performance Computing
HPC-EUROPA was an Integrated Infrastructure Initiative operated by six leading HPC centres and five centres of excellence working on research on HPC tools and methods. The fundamental aim of the project was to provide advanced computational services in an integrated way to the European research community working at the forefront of science. The project’s aim was to deliver a wide spectrum of services, including access to first-class HPC platforms for all European researchers, provision of an advanced computational environment, technical support and training. Main focus was to support European researchers to preserve a competitive edge on the world stage. Moreover a background objective of the joint research activities (JRA) and networking activities (NA) was a contribute towards fostering a culture of cooperation, generating critical mass for the evolution of computational activities, and driving new advances in HPC in the context of the European Research Area (ERA).
The aim of the two JRAs was to improve the overall performance of HPC in Europe. The first of these had to do with tools for measuring the performance of programs, especially those that have recently been ‘ported’ to a supercomputer through the project’s transnational access (TA) activities. The second was focussed on creating new and simplified ways to access the resources of grid computing systems.
DKMS Role: participant
Contributed to the development of the HPC-Europa Single Point of Access Grid Portal, which provided uniform, flexible and intuitive user access to Grid resources from anywhere, as well as administration tools for maintaining a Grid environment of the Transnational Access Centre. This ensured that users accessed the TA centres in the same transparent way, regardless of their physical location.
Integration of the GRIA Grid middleware with the HPC-Europa GRID portal for the submission, management and monitoring of computational jobs submitted to the GRIA middleware through the Grid Portal.
Contact points: Antonis Litke (firstname.lastname@example.org), Efstathios Karanastasis (email@example.com)
Start/End Date: 01/2004 – 12/2007
Funding: FP6- INFRASTR-2.1 – Integrating activities combining cooperation networks with transnational access and research projects