30 May 2024

Highlights from: "The Future of Scientific Computing: A Global Perspective"

Held on May 27, 2024 at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste (Italy), the symposium gathered leading scientists, policymakers, and industry experts to discuss how artificial intelligence, high-performance computing (HPC), and quantum computing can help the scientific community tackle key scientific challenges across scientific fields, including climate science, molecular chemistry, and materials science.

An important focus of the Symposium was on the global perspective: an inclusive approach that can address the needs and opportunities of engaging scientific communities working in the world's less developed regions. As part of ICTP's 60th-anniversary celebrations throughout 2024, the symposium aligned with ICTP's commitment to foster global and inclusive access to HPC and cloud technologies for scientific computing.

Several partners from the MaX project attended the symposium, participating as moderators or speakers:  

Session 1: Scientific Cases - Moderator: Stefano Baroni (SISSA)
Session 2: Artificial Intelligence - Speaker: Nicola Marzari (UBremen, EPFL)
Session 5: HPC Infrastructures: A Global Perspective - Speaker: Fabio Affinito (CINECA)
Session 6: Global Initiatives - Speaker: Elisa Molinari (UNIMORE & CNR)

MaX Coordinator Elisa Molinari was invited to discuss “A point of view from Europe on global initiatives”. She summarized the role played by the EU and EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) to establish a world class supercomputing ecosystem in Europe, in synergy with national initiatives, and discussed the opportunities and limitations of the current access policies to European HPC and quantum infrastructures.

Molinari then highlighted the global impact of the European Centres of Excellence (CoEs):  “Their target is to advance community codes and workflows, and offer high level training to code users and developers: so their benefits are for the global scientific communities.” As an example, Molinari showed the impressive map of scientific publications citing MaX codes in 2023: “we are striving to enable science throughout the world.” 


The meeting was recorded, please visit the dedicated event page for more details.