All 33 EuroCC partners meet at a conference in Montenegro

EuroCC konference Melnkalnē

On September 7 – 9, representatives of the EuroCC project in Latvia took part in the EuroCC and CASTIEL conference in Montenegro to share best practice stories and to inform about major challenges and achievements of the project

Although the project was carried out during the COVID-19 pandemic, representatives of the project from all 33 European countries recognize that a a lot has been achieved during the past two years.

At the conference, project representatives shared experiences and success stories about how supercomputing or High-Performance Computing (HPC) competence centers created within the EuroCC project, operate at present, what are the major challenges, how project participants from different countries address them and what impact they already have on public and private sectors. The conference also focused on success stories of various competence centres.

‘This was the first event where project partners from all 33 HPC Competence Centres met on-site and enjoyed the opportunity to communicate face-to-face. Project was carried out in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore all communication between the partners was online. After such a long pause of face-to-face meetings, we could experience how fast and effective face-to-face communication is. Our EuroCC team returned from the conference with an extended range of personal contacts. We got to know colleagues from other countries, learned their experiences and approaches, which will also be very useful for us in developing the EuroCC project in Latvia. One of the greatest benefits – we were able to invite international experts in-person who will be able to share their knowledge at our scientific seminar on early October,” says Ilmars Slaidins, the EuroCC project manager in Latvia.

The task of the EuroCC project is to create a single support structure to promote the use of supercomputing opportunities in higher education, research, public administration, and industry. Competence Centres gather expertise, experience and computing resources available in all EU countries.

You can view a video recording from the conference’s public session here:

The conference agenda is available here.

The EuroCC project in Latvia has been implemented by the HPC Competence Centre in Latvia “SuperS” in collaboration with Riga Technical University’s HPC Centre and the Institute of Numerical Modeling at University of Latvia. The aim of the EuroCC project is to create a network of HPC Competence Centres in Europe (all overall the 33 countries). The project is implemented from 2020 to 2022 with the total budget of more than 56 million euros.