National Competence Centre in the framework of the EuroCC Project

The EuroCC Competence Center activity will bring together the necessary expertise to set up a network of National Competence Centres in HPC across Europe participating, member and associated states, to provide a broad service portfolio tailored to the respective national needs of :

  • Industry
  • Academia
  • Public Administration

The Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CaSToRC) will develop the high performance computing (HPC) Competence Centre of Cyprus within a network of National Competence Centres (NCCs) across Europe co-funded under EuroHPC.

This will support and increase the national strengths of High Performance Computing (HPC) competences as well as High Performance Data Analytics (HPDA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities and close existing gaps to increase the usability of these technologies in the different states and thus provide a European excellence baseline.

This project has received funding from the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 951732. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research andinnovation programme and Germany, Bulgaria, Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, Republic of North Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro.

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Collaboration with Industry - Support for SMEs

The National Competence Centre (NCC) will promote its links with academia, industry, and government agencies to track the utilization of HPC, Big Data, and AI, assess future needs, and map to the technical competencies required to respond to these needs.

The industrial and entrepreneurial program will include activities supporting start-ups and spinoffs, deliver presentations, networking events and exhibitions, in order to attract industrial users and develop common projects through partnerships.

An annual industry week will be organized bringing together researchers from various institutions with industrial partners in order to promote co-development.

The National Competence Centre aims to:

  • Advance competitiveness in research
  • Improve the effectiveness of government services
  • Promote innovation by engaging with industry.

The NCC is envisioned to provide HPC services to industry (including SMEs), academia, and the public sector, delivering solutions to diverse users, thus facilitating the uptake of HPC in Cyprus. It will act as the focal point coordinating national initiatives, facilitating access of national stakeholders to HPC infrastructure, and providing training and skills development.

This will also facilitate the successful implementation of real-world test cases. All services will be based on competitive research skills of the CaSToRC, which will be further advanced, in order to fulfill the project's purposes.

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Public sector – Governmental Bodies

The overarching objective of EuroHPC is to create a HPC National Competence Centre (NCC) in Cyprus in order to enable the efficient uptake of HPC technologies.

In particular, a significant goal of EuroHPC is to improve the effectiveness of government services. We will work closely with the office of the Deputy Ministry for Research, Innovation & Digital Policy and the Research and Innovation Foundation to implement the priorities of the Cyprus government in terms of national HPC, data analytics, and AI capabilities as well as its policies in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern region.

In relation to the latter, it will seek to advance the regional role of Cyprus enabling it to act as a hub of Computational Science in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern region, build collaborations with institutions in the region and play a pivotal role as a member country in the development of SESAME, the synchrotron radiation facility in Jordan and the only such facility in the region.

In close collaboration with the Deputy Ministry for Research, Innovation & Digital Policy and the Research and Innovation Foundation will promote the digital transformation of Cyprus across academia, industry and the public sector. The establishment of a well-functioning NCC is envisioned to act as a catalyst towards a wider adoption of advanced computing and data science technologies, elevating the national productivity and competitiveness of academia, research and government to European excellence.

A high-level support team will be set up aiming to explore collaborative projects with government agencies. Several opportunities are identified with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry, and Tourism and the Ministry of Finance.


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