Fortissimo history

FF4EuroHPC is a successor of the Fortissimo and Fortissimo2 projects.

The Fortissimo Project was funded by the European Commission within the I4MS initiative (ICT Innovation for Manufacturing Small & Medium Enterprises). It consisted of two phases: the first phase ran from July 2013 to December 2016; the second phase ran from November 2015 to December 2018. The project was coordinated by the University of Edinburgh and involved 23 core partners from different European countries. 

The aim in all Fortissimo projects stays the same: strengthen the global competitiveness of European industry. Fortissimo has encouraged the use of advanced modelling, simulation and data analytics by European Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and midcaps involved in engineering and manufacturing. Such use delivers improved design processes, better products and services and improved competitiveness. For the European Union as a whole, this means increased employment and economic growth.

92 SMEs participated through “open calls” proposing experiments to demonstrate the benefits of HPC cloud-based advanced modelling, simulation and data analytics. During the 18-month duration of an experiment, the Fortissimo partners provided the participating SMEs with access to HPC-resources via a cloud-based infrastructure and supported them in the planning, implementation and realization of their experiments.

The experiments from both phases of Fortissimo resulted in 79 success stories presenting case studies, demonstrating the use of Cloud-based HPC. These case studies were not only relevant to the business needs of end users, but also showed the benefits to all involved in the value chain from end users to the providers of HPC-infrastructure. This booklet presents all of the 79 success stories.

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