HPC driving innovation in Europe

April 16-17 2012, I Portici Hotel, Bologna, Italy
A seminar designed for strategic decision makers (CIOs, CTOs and R&D Directors) responsible for computing and data management infrastructures

Taking place close to the oldest European university, University of Bologna (founded in 1088), the 4th PRACE Industrial Seminar will demonstrate how High-Performance Computing (HPC) can enhance European industrial competitiveness by enhancing its innovation capabilities.

During two half-days in the heart of the medieval city of Bologna, the event will provide answers to two questions:

  • How successful applications of HPC technologies in various industries can help achieve industrial leadership in either innovation or large-scale data modeling
  • How PRACE, as the pan-European HPC research infrastructure, can help European industry apply novel HPC-based solutions by providing access to PRACE resources and knowledge

Speakers will include specialists from leading innovative European companies, HPC experts from academia, as well as representatives of PRACE and the European Commission.

A special emphasis will be placed on how PRACE can facilitate effective use and development of HPC in Europe with strong focus on the acquisition of HPC expertise by European industry. The seminar will endeavour to identify and eliminate barriers to accessing PRACE’s expertise by SMEs.

In particular, this event will provide an opportunity to present the new industrial offer of PRACE. The offer is designed for large companies as well as SMEs to foster the acquisition of HPC expertise and allow such European companies with substantial R&D activity in Europe to access PRACE HPC resources within the existing PRACE peer-review process based on scientific excellence.

The Bologna seminar builds on the success of the previous Industry Seminars held in Amsterdam in 2008, in Toulouse in 2009 and in Stockholm 2011. To date, the seminars have attracted nearly 300 attendees from 22 various countries and representing 94 companies.

For the first time ever, during this seminar, PRACE will award Europe’s most innovative HPC application. This competition is open to all organisations (not only seminar participants). Click here for more details.

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Registration: Registration for this event is closed now. For any queries please contact is2012-info (at) prace-ri.eu.


The seminar will take place in the suggestive atmosphere of the Hotel I Portici (http://www.iporticihotel.com/en) where the elegance of Palazzo Maccaferri Art Nouveau coexists with the minimalist style chosen for the interiors.

The seminar will open on April 16th at 12:00 and close on April 17th at 13:00. A standing lunch buffet will welcome participants on the 16th and will close the event on the 17th, offering a taste of the unique food and wine experience of the I Portici Restaurant.

Book Hotel accommodation here.

Special rates are offered for the event for registrations till 15th of March. All of the reserved hotels are at walking distance from the event Location.

Social Programme

A Seminar Dinner will take place in the evening of the 16th in Corte Isolani in the unique charm of Piazza Santo Stefano, with regional aperitif and local cuisine.

Guided Tour

Participants are invited to taste the scent of the medieval heart of Bologna through a guided walking tour from the Hotel I Portici (location of the seminar) to Corte Isolani (location of the Dinner), including a visit to the suggestive Piazza Maggiore, San Petronio and Santo Stefano.

For questions and further information: is2012-info(at)prace-ri.eu