National Competence Centers and Digital Innovation Hubs

FF4EuroHPC represents a key tool for the National Competence Centers (NCCs) and Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) to foster their work with SMEs, in order to facilitate the widening of industrial HPC user communities and service providers in Europe. NCCs and DIHs will closely collaborate with SMEs to identify new business challenges and partners and will support the implementation of the appropriate actions to foster the use of HPC by the SMEs. NCCs and DIHs will be the main contact point providing all the information regarding FF4EuroHPC Open Calls. To inspire the community, NCCs and DIHs will communicate the success stories produced by FF4EuroHPC experiment partners and share know-how acquired by the SMEs by using HPC technology. NCCs can also help their SMEs to identify HPC experts and providers useful for the realisation and success of their application experiments in the context of FF4EuroHPC project.


Starting in September 2020, a network of National Competence Centers (NCCs) in 33 participating European states is being established within the EuroCC project with the support of EuroHPC JU, and coordinated by HLRS (High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart). The 33 participating European states are building a sustainable and globally competitive European HPC ecosystem, supported by NCCs. NCCs will provide expertise and access to the state-of-the-art HPC infrastructure to researchers in academia and will support industries with a particular focus on encouraging small and medium enterprises (SMEs). NCCs will connect local HPC providers and domain experts in respective countries and will create a national knowledge hub, tailored to the stakeholders’ specific needs.


The digital transformation and usage of HPC technologies bring opportunities for big and small companies. The European Commission supported to build the European network of Digital Innovation Hubs which will help companies, that operate in different industrial sectors, to adopt digital technologies and to remain competitive internationally. DIHs are one-stop shops, that provide access to technical expertise, innovation services, provide information on investments, trainings and skills that help organisations to reap the benefits of digital transformation.

Not-for-profit associations

The mission of PRACE is to enable high-impact scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society. PRACE seeks to realise this mission by offering world class computing and data management resources and services through a peer review process.

ETP4HPC – the European Technology Platform (ETP) for High-Performance Computing (HPC) - is a private, industry-led and non-profit association. Their main mission is to promote European HPC research and innovation in order to maximise the economic and societal benefit of HPC for European science, industry and citizens. 

European projects

The EXCELLERAT project is a single point of access for expertise on how data management, data analytics, visualisation, simulation-driven design and Co-design with high-performance computing (HPC) can benefit engineering.

FocusCoE contributes to the success of the European high-performance computing “ecosystem”. We do that by supporting the Centres of Excellence in high-performance computing to more effectively fulfil their role, which is to ensure that extreme scale applications result in tangible benefits for addressing scientific, industrial or societal challenges.

ChEESE addresses extreme computing scientific and societal challenges in Solid Earth by harnessing European institutions in charge of operational monitoring networks, tier-0 supercomputing centres, academia, hardware developers and third-parties from SMEs, industry and public-governance. The scientific challenge is to prepare 10 open-source flagship codes to solve Exascale capacity and capability problems on computational seismology, magnetohydrodynamics, physical volcanology, tsunamis, and data analysis and predictive techniques from monitoring earthquake and volcanic activity.

The Coordination and Support Action (CSA) CASTIEL leads to cross-European networking activities between National Competence Centres (NCCs) in HPC-related topics addressed through the EuroCC project.

The EuroCC activities—with 33 member and associated countries on board—is coordinated by the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS). The project aims to elevate the participating countries to a common high level in the fields of HPC, HPDA and artificial intelligence (AI).

HiDALGO – HPC and Big Data Technologies for Global Systems – is a European project funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union. The project is carried out by 13 institutions from seven countries.

SODALITE aims to provide an optimised, highly resilient heterogeneous execution environment enabling operational transparency between Cloud and HPC infrastructures.

The Performance Optimisation and Productivity (POP) Centre of Excellence in HPC provides performance optimisation and productivity services for academic and industrial HPC code(s) in all domains. Services are free of charge to organisations, SMEs. ISVs and companies in the EU!