FORTISSIMO - Factories of the Future Resources, Technology, Infrastructure and Services for Simulation and Modelling
The FORTISSIMO (Factories of the Future Resources, Technology, Infrastructure and Services for Simulation and Modelling) project has been recently started to exploit and use these synergies of High Performance Computing and Clouds. The project moves away from a plain technological viewpoint of HPC (- Clouds) up to the use of Cloud concepts empowering the provisioning of HPC services to Small and Medium Enterprises. That approach follows therefore the concepts and theories as recently published in the roadmap for cloud-computing in Horizon 2020 and the Factories of the Future Roadmap of the European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA) Whilst the first shows clearly that developments within clouds and HPC are going in similar directions, the latter presents ICT (Information Communication Technology) as the enabling technology for the Factories of the Future and lists future needed capabilities which are definitely cloud-like.
The main focus of the FORTISSIMO project lies on the provisioning of advanced simulation in a simple and reliable way to SMEs to increase their competences in the field and to support competitiveness in Europe and beyond. As a driving force, the FORTISSIMO work plan covers the execution of a variety of various experiments, each providing requirements to the project and at the same time evaluating the results mainly from an end-users perspective. These experiments are the drivers of the FORTISSIMO evolution and will ensure focused development activities towards a tool usable by the market. Examples for those experiments are for example the simulation of high-pressure gas cylinders or the thermodynamic properties of hazardous materials. In the first year of the project, a number of 20 experiments will be active and the project foresees to announce two open calls for further experiments during its runtime to integrate new and challenging activities ensuring a proper validation of the results of FORTISSIMO and leading by that to increased maturity of the facility.
The heart of FORTISSIMO will be the “one-stop-shop” which is a marketplace covering access to simulations and the needed hardware and software as well as to support in terms of a knowledge base and a link to experts in different areas. Especially due to that fact, a proper execution of the experiments can be guaranteed.
FORTISSIMO is an integrated project funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework programme. The consortium consists of 41 project partners and was started at the 01.07.2013 running for 36 months.