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ENCCS Enters Its Second Phase

Lilit Axner, ENCCS

The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) allows the European Union and the countries participating in the EuroHPC JU to coordinate their efforts and pool their resources to make Europe a world leader in supercomputing ( ). One of the aims of the EuroHPC JU is to extend the use of the European supercomputing infrastructure to new public and private user groups and facilitate the uptake of high-performance computing (HPC) skills in European universities and industries through the formation of national competence centres (NCCs) in each European country. 

This EuroHPC JU effort has established a large network of competence centres across Europe which is of great value for participating countries. In particular, the NCC network is contributing to

  • accelerating the adoption of HPC in the region through a rapidly growing European HPC ecosystem,
  • helping countries to strengthen their role as innovation drivers in the global market, and
  • supporting and expanding competencies in research and development in academia, industry and the public sector.

Many HPC users are already familiar with the Swedish NCC, which is called ENCCS ( ). It was established on the 1st of September 2020, and since then, ENCCS has had a significant impact on the Swedish HPC community and also helped many new researchers and engineers to start using HPC. 

ENCCS has built a solid user base and already has a large number of followers from academia, industry, and the public sector. In January 2023, ENCCS will enter its second phase of existence, which consists of three more years and even more ambitious plans compared to the initial two-year start-up phase. ENCCS will continue providing support to researchers from academia, industry, and the public sector (to assist them to utilise the EuroHPC JU supercomputers) and the centre is also planning to organise over 25 training events per year during the second phase. In addition, ENCCS will:

  • reach out to new Swedish users both from new disciplines and from universities and organisations that are currently not the traditional HPC users,
  • analyse and tackle challenges related to software licences, 
  • expand the training curriculum, investigate possibilities for HPC certification, and leverage its large international and national network to create an extensive training material database, and
  • contribute its offerings to a large European marketplace for HPC competencies which is being developed in a collaborative effort by all European NCCs.

If you, as an HPC user, are wondering whether EuroHPC JU supercomputers can help you in your research, do not hesitate to get in touch with ENCSS at . The team will be happy to discuss your research and do its best to help you! You are also welcome to subscribe to the ENCCS quarterly newsletter: .

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