Japanese SMEs visit HLRS

06 June 2017

On May 31, 2017, representatives from two Japanese small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and from the NEC Corporation visited the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) to learn about its technical capabilities and how it supports research and development in industry.

The visitors, including Shuichi Ishiwatari, president of IDK Inc., Toru Rokusha, president of Toyo Tsushin Kogyo Co. Ltd., and Shinichi Shoji, advisor to the president of NEC, received an overview of HLRS technologies and their industrial applications from HLRS Director Michael Resch. Andreas Wierse, business manager of SICOS BW, followed by presenting the industrial HPC concept of the state of Baden-Württemberg, emphasizing how SICOS BW and HLRS support SMEs interested in integrating high-performance computing into their work. He also described several projects initiated by SMEs that have successfully made use of HLRS systems. Following the presentations, the guests received a tour of the HLRS computer room and visualization facilities.

The event was marked by a lively discussion of how HLRS and SICOS BW help SMEs to overcome problems that they face in using advanced computing technologies like HPC, data analytics, and machine learning. The visitors left with insights into the future challenges facing high-performance computing and into strategies for taking advantage of the opportunities that HPC offers for industry.