Most Innovative Industrial HPC End-User Application in Europe – 2013

Open Competition in conjunction with the 5th PRACE Executive Industrial Seminar
Stuttgart, Germany – 15 and 16 April 2013

The objective of this contest is to award the boldest industrial HPC end-user application – we want to see how far one can take this technology in changing the present paradigms of HPC use by European industry. As usual, this competition is open to all fields of HPC and industrial sectors.

This year’s competition (its second round) is open to end-user applications challenging the traditional way of doing business in Europe. We are looking for compelling HPC solutions submitted by industrial end-users that address a specific business problem within the industrial environment of the applicant, changing the operational patterns of their business.

It is not necessary to take part in the seminar in order to participate in the Competition

The conditions are as follows:

  • All submitted applications must address a business issue previously unresolved within the organisation of the applicant
  • The solution must have been developed and implemented in Europe.
  • The solution must pertain to industry, i.e. it must be possible to apply it in an industrial context with clear benefits to the user
  • The solutions must represent some level of implementation maturity – we are not looking just for untested ideas but rather for working solutions, although we will also accept those in early implementation stages
  • We are not evaluating the complexity of the selected solution. Rather, we are looking for innovative ways of using HPC in a business context, with clearly defined benefits for the applicant’s organisation in terms of e.g. Return on Investment, increasing market share, added value, enabling transfer of technology, etc.
  • We will consider solutions at all levels of HPC as long as HPC is used explicitly as technology

The applicants will be required to provide up to three pages description of the solution submitted together with current results and some further interesting applications. There will be an application form available at registration to facilitate this process with the following paragraphs:

  • Who applies? – Brief introduction of the company together with a contact person
  • What is it? – Functional description, application field and market potential; how does it work? – The technological process involved, the uniqueness of the selected solution
  • Why has HPC been chosen as the technological vehicle and how has it been implemented?
  • What is the business issues addressed and resolved through this application?

The award will be approved by a Jury with the following members:

  • The team of Work Package 9 of PRACE – 2IP and representatives of PRACE Scientific Steering Committee (SSC – as provided by the SSC based on a Project Manager’s request through the AISBL).

Award criteria:

  • Clear benefit for industry in terms of Return on Investment – 40%
  • The weight of the role of HPC in the solution presented – 20%
  • The scalability of the solution process – 20%
  • Novelty, originality and uniqueness – 10%
  • Maturity and market perspectives – 10%

Prize: Participation in the next International Supercomputing Conference (17th-20th June 2013, Leipzig, Germany) – and an opportunity to utilise the PRACE booth at the event.


  1. Collect applications and all data necessary prior to the seminar (during registration) – application deadline EXTENDED – 16th 31st March 2013
  2. Have the jury make a decision prior to the seminar
  3. Invite the winner to the 5th Industrial Seminar (if they are not coming anyway) – 15/16 April 2013 in Stuttgart.
  4. Announce the result at seminar end and award the prize


For more information on PRACE Industrial Seminar 2013, follow this link.