Symposium – postponed!

High performance computing and artificial intelligence – beyond the hype

Schloss Birlinghoven, Großer Saal


High Performance Computing has had both stable user communities and corresponding applications for decades. The application of machine learning and deep learning methods in the field of artificial intelligence has gained momentum in recent years after a long history of changing focal points, technologies and relevance of AI. In the public discussion and political narrative, HPC and AI are currently regarded as crucial to find solutions for pressing problems such as climate change, a number of incurable diseases such as Alzheimer's or cancer, or to develop solutions for changing mobility requirements, e.g. all types of automated driving.

Last year, the European Commission announced plans to promote research and development in the fields of high-performance computing and artificial intelligence to drive, strengthen and sustain the European digital single market. The European Commission's proposal for Digital Europe of June 2018 provides - in addition to project-oriented funding in Horizon Europe - for a budget of EUR 2.7 billion for supercomputing and EUR 2.5 billion for artificial intelligence.

The aim of the symposium is to provide an insight into current European research and development in the field of HPC and AI by presenting examples of ongoing work by various research institutions: Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung Göttingen (GWDG), Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC), Leibniz Computing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, High Performance Computing Centre Stuttgart (HLRS), Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission Ispra and Seville, Dublin City University, Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS), Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing SCAI. What advantages could result from the combination of HPC and AI?

Christian Kirchsteiger from DG CNECT-C1 will present the »Planet Earth Initiative«, an activity of the European Commission launched in 2018: Freely accessible and interoperable data are at the heart of data-driven innovation. This data, combined with digital infrastructure (e.g. supercomputers, cloud, ultra-fast networks) and artificial intelligence solutions, facilitate evidence-based decision-making and enhance the ability to understand and manage environmental problems. As part of the European Commission's European »Green Deal«, the Commission's initiative will bring together European leaders from science and industry to develop a highly accurate digital model of the Earth.

In addition, the symposium will provide information on HPC and AI funding opportunities in the remaining Horizon 2020 program and on the expected upcoming Horizon Europe framework program, which will be presented by Verena Fennemann from the Fraunhofer EU Office in Brussels.

I am organising this symposium on the occasion of the end of my contract with Fraunhofer inviting a number of esteemed companions and colleagues of the last 2 decades to contribute.

Please register by mail.


08:00 - 08:30 Coffee
08:30 - 08:45 Welcome and opening
08:45 - 09:45
09:45 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 12:15
12:15 - 12:35
12:35 - 13:00 Wrap up