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HPC - Spoke 1 - Centro Nazionale HPC, Big data e Quantum Computing - Spoke 1

36 months (2025)
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PNRR – Mission 4
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Spokes 1 is focused on the development of high potential future technologies: advanced codesign of high-performance and high-throughput hardware and software systems, and development of expertise on hardware and software quantum computing, respectively. According to the EU vision, High-Performance Computing rests on five pillars: skills, applications, infrastructure, technology, and federation of resources. All the pillars are represented in the Future HPC spoke. The main focus is on the technology pillar across all the layers of standard (i.e., non-Quantum) computing systems: Circuits, Architecture, Programming Model, and Execution Model up to just before the last tier, i.e., Applications, which are addressed in other spokes of the centre. In this focused strategy, the FutureHPC & BD spoke is tightly linked with the work program of the technological pillar of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, which is expected to contribute to the sustainability of the FutureHPC & BD spoke. The technological pillar is crucial for EU digital sovereignty and is paramount for engaging industry in achieving (by 2030) European leadership and autonomy in HPC infrastructure, data, and services and fueling innovation across the computing continuum. 1) To create new laboratories as an integral part of a world-class national federated centre of competence for the advanced codesign of high-performance and high-throughput hardware and software systems, to strengthen Italy’s leadership in the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking and the data infrastructure ecosystem. 2) To explore and roadmap key enabling technologies (hardware and software) for the next generation of high-performance/high-throughput computing systems: the goal is to design and create proofs-ofconcept, prototypes, and demonstrators, raising the readiness level of the most promising technologies and facilitate industrial take-up and development. 3) To collaborate with the industry for an innovation strategy not limited to supercomputers but with a strong impact on large volume markets, such as edge servers, IoT gateways, autonomous vehicles, HPC-enabled cloud, and data analysis services that critically need reliable, energy-efficient, highperformance computing hardware and software. The goal is to widen Italy’s footprint in the Key Digital Technologies (KDT) Joint Undertaking, consolidate Italy’s leadership in the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, and ultimately strengthen Italy’s competitiveness in advanced computing with an open innovation approach. 4) To build up a large pool of talents with strong expertise in state-of-the-art hardware and software technologies and tools for advanced computing. The goal is to reduce the severe skill gap in this area and increase the number of highly trained professionals essential for Italy’s industrial growth and competitiveness in the digital economy.

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ERC sectors

PE6_4 - Theoretical computer science, formal methods, and quantum computing

Sustainable Development Goals

Obiettivo 9. Costruire un'infrastruttura resiliente e promuovere l'innovazione ed una industrializzazione equa, responsabile e sostenibile


Total cost: € 24,620,000.00
Total contribution: € 24,620,000.00
PoliTo total cost: € 666,000.00
PoliTo contribution: € 666,000.00

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