About the Project

STIMULI project aims at developing a feasibility study for the creation of a Catalan hub that will promote the use of advanced ICT in SMEs in order to stimulate the uptake of HPC cloud-based modelling and simulation services, thus increasing the SMEs competiveness and fostering regional growth.
This feasibility study will be focused on creating an Innovation Ecosystem by bringing together the regional stakeholders (RTOs, government, companies, mainly SMEs, ICT and manufacturing networks, R&D institutions and trade associations, among others), through giving access to HPC cloud resources in a collaborative model by the Internet.”

Concept and Objectives

Present situation

High performance computing has long been limited to scientists and engineers due to its high cost, but the arrival of big data and the availability of cloud computing has turned HPC into a cost-effective technology, bringing HPC systems into the companies.
Today, less than 10% of manufacturers are using HPC servers for computer simulations to design and develop their products, according to the two studies, “Reflect” and “Reveal”, from the US Council of Competitiveness. The vast majority (over 90%) of the companies perform virtual prototyping and large-scale data modelling still limited by their desktop computers (workstations or laptops). But 57% of these companies said that they have application problems that they can’t solve with their existing desktop computers, because analysis and geometry or physics simulation are too complex and need more memory and computing resources than the available from their desktop. Therefore, most of these companies have a real need for high performance computing.
HPC cloud-based modelling and simulation services are beneficial for companies, especially SMEs, within their design and development processes, for example enormous cost savings by reducing product failure early during design, development, and production; more simulations lead to higher quality products; and more computing power enable shorter time to market. This leads to increased competitiveness and more innovation.

 

Objective
Although European enhancement for the take-up of these new ICT technologies, in Catalonia there is a need of a regional figure to centralise and facilitate the use of HPC cloud-based simulation and modelling services among the manufacturing industry in order to boost the Catalan manufacturing competitiveness and focus towards the Industry 4.0.
In the light of this, STIMULI project aims at developing a feasibility study for the creation of a Catalan hub that will promote the use of advanced ICT in SMEs in order to stimulate the uptake of HPC cloud-based modelling and simulation services.
The STIMULI hub is conceived for the Consortium as an enabler for the use and uptake of HPC cloud-based simulation and modelling services for the increase of SMEs’ competitiveness and regional growth.

 

Basis to build upon

This enabler will not start from scratch, but will be built upon two key regional initiatives which strengthen and add value to the project:

  • Anella Industrial 4.0: The Industry Ring 4.0 initiative (Anella Industrial 4.0) was initiated in 2006 with the objective to deploy sharpshooting infrastructure of telecommunications for the interconnection and merger of the key Catalan industrial sectors with advanced ICT areas and resources, such as IoT, CyberPhysical Systems, Big Data or security systems; as well as to participate in the European and international initiatives in this field. This initiative is led by EURECAT and I2CAT, with the support of the Directorate General of Industry and the Directorate General of Telecommunications and Information Society of Catalonia.

 

  • BSC: Barcelona Supercomputing Centre is the supercomputing pioneer centre in Spain. Its nature is twofold: on one hand it is a research centre with more than 300 scientists, and on the other hand it is a centre for supercomputing services for the entire scientific community. It also manages the Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES). Founded in 2005, the BSC-CNS was created from a consortium formed by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, by the Generalitat of Catalonia, and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). “