CERN openlab hosted the first CERN-GÉANT-PRACE-SKAO kick-off workshop on High Performance Computing

As a follow-up on the collaboration agreement that was signed on 22th July, the kick-off workshop took place online on 29th September from 09:30 to 20:35 (CEST).

The pioneering collaboration was formed by four leading research organisations: CERN; GÉANT, the pan-European network and services provider for research and education; PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe; and SKAO, the organisation leading the development of the Square Kilometre Array radio-telescope.

The members of the collaboration are joining forces to help realise the full potential of the coming new generation of High-Performance Computing (HPC) technology, establishing a common benchmark test suite and a series of common pilot ‘demonstrator’ systems. This in turn will allow supporting large, data-intensive science projects, contributing greatly to their success.  

Organised with the support of CERN openlab, the workshop identified challenges in facing HPC integration. After a general introduction on overall goals, detailed discussions on the areas of work and related technical demonstrators followed. The event focused on discussions and team-building around four areas of work: training and centre of expertise, authorisation and authentication, benchmarking and data access.

This kick-off was the first joint event of the collaboration. It enabled the launch of the technical activities of the HPC collaboration between CERN, GÉANT, PRACE and SKAO.

The full list of all the contributions can be found here: