D5.3.2: Results of the Integrated Access Programme Pilots

Giovanni Erbacci, Paul Graham
2014 Zenodo  
SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe) is a programme defined by PRACE 3IP WP 5. The mission of the SHAPE programme is to help SMEs to demonstrate a tangible Return on Investment (ROI) by assessing and adopting solutions supported by HPC, thus facilitating innovation and/or increased operational efficiency in their businesses. Within this programme, selected PRACE partners can provide expertise, training (e.g. through the PATC network) and resources (within regular PRACE Preparatory
more » ... to SMEs in order to overcome the barriers to HPC adoption: lack of expertise, high entry cost and excessive risk of trying out new solutions. Before implementing the final structure of the programme, a SHAPE pilot was launched in June 2013. The Pilot was set up to test the idea of the programme and the readiness of the PRACE infrastructure and resources to run a permanent programme in this area, while helping a number of European SMEs to adopt HPC. The pilot involved ten European SMEs from six countries and the related projects were completed in May 2014. The applications covered a wide range of topics demonstrating the interest in HPC of many industrial sectors and the vitality of different SMEs at European level. The SHAPE Pilot has succeeded in raising interest from a significant number of SMEs in a limited amount of time. The infrastructure and resources of PRACE are well prepared to adopt such work as the projects have been running smoothly, with a number of them already achieving tangible benefits for the SMEs. The SHAPE Pilot results, documented in this Deliverable have been fundamental in recommending the implementation of the full SHAPE programme by the PRACE AISBL on a permanent basis, as originally defined by PRACE-3IP WP5.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.6575534 fatcat:bebrmbohkvejjf3kvdpvbk2yhm