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Open hearing about the future needs for advanced e-infrastructure

The Research Council of Norway, Lysaker
06.12.2018 09:30 CET
06.12.2018 15:00 CET
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Are you a user of High Performance Computing- or large-scale data storage infrastructure? Now is your chance to tell us about your needs for resources in the coming years!

It is expected that the current national financing scheme for the development and operation of e-infrastructures in Norway will not be sufficient to match the needs from current and future users for national high-performance computing and large-scale data storage resources. A national working group consisting of representatives from the four oldest universities, Sigma2 and the Research Council of Norway is therefore currently looking into these challenges. 

World-class scientific discoveries across an ever-growing number of scientific disciplines are increasingly reliant on the continuous generation and streamlined analysis of vast amounts of data. Curation, analysis and re-use of these data require the availability of suitable e-infrastructure services, such as advanced algorithm-based analytic tools, high computing power, as well as large-scale data storage facilities.

Updating the national strategy

The purpose of this work is to suggest an updated national strategy for the organization, development and sustainable financing of e-infrastructure services for high performance computing and large-scale data storage in Norway in the period from 2020 to 2030.

As a part of their work the group would like to invite Norwegian users of high performance computing and large-scale data storage infrastructure to an open hearing about the future needs for advanced e-infrastructure. The meeting will take place on the 6th of December 2018 in Oslo in the premises of the Research Council of Norway.

Obtaining a realistic estimate of the expected user needs for national e-infrastructure in the years from 2020 to 2030 will be important for the development of a national strategy that can accommodate the user needs for high performance computing and large-scale data storage in Norway, and user input is key to ensure the best decisions.

Please register for the meeting. The registration deadline is at 14:00 PM on November 30.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can follow the meeting on live video stream. Go to video stream

Tentative Programme:

09.30 – 10.00:   Registration
10.00 – 10.30:   Welcome and introduction

10.30 – 11.45:   Keynote speeches on "Current and upcoming developments within HPC- and large-scale data storage infrastructures."

  • HPC: Thomas Schulthess, Director, 
    The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre
  • Data: Barend Mons, Director, The GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office.

11.45 – 12.30:   Lunch
12.30 – 13.30:   Breakout sessions in groups.
13.30 – 14.00:   Coffee break
14.00 – 15.00:   Summaries of the breakout sessions & wrap-up.

Are you unable to attend the meeting but would still provide your written input about expected user needs for high performance computing, large-scale data storage and new technologies within the upcoming ten years? Please include the following information:

  • your name
  • affiliation
  • your main field of research and your current main user domain, i.e. HPC and/or large-scale-data storage.

Inputs must be emailed as PDF or word file attachments directly to: 

Deadline for written input is December 20th 2018.


The Norwegian generic e-infrastructures for research and education are mainly coordinated through collaborative efforts among the largest national research institutions and the Ministry of Education and Research. 

Investments for upgrading and operating the national e-infrastructure are mainly done through UNINETT AS and its subsidiary UNINETT Sigma2 AS (hereafter called "Sigma2"). Sigma2 carries out projects on behalf of the Research Council of Norway and a consortium consisting of the four oldest universities in Norway, i.e. the University of Bergen, the University of Oslo, the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. 

The role of the organization is focused on the procurement, operation and further development of high-performance computing infrastructure, large-scale data storage resources and related services. Sigma2 conducts frequent user surveys, including estimates for required high performance computing resources and large-scale data storage resources. 

Based on these projections Sigma2 expects that the user needs for such national e-infrastructure resources will increase at unprecedented magnitude in the coming years. This trend is largely a result of a growing user community from an increasingly broad spectrum of research domains, increasing complexity of computer-based simulations and advanced experimental sensor technologies that are producing vast amounts of data. Some of these data are also necessary for providing important knowledge to Norwegian public authorities.