High-performance computing (HPC) is essential to many branches of science and technology, such as climate modelling and aircraft design, but the partners in the HPC-Europa2 project believe it has applications in many nontraditional
fields too, from life sciences to knowledge management and discovery. The main function of this project is to give the European research community access to first-class supercomputers and advanced computational services in an integrated way. Anyone whose work would benefit from HPC can apply for an all-expenses-paid visit,
lasting up to three months and including training and local support. Through EU funding, HPC-Europa2 – and its predecessors – has hosted hundreds of people in this way.