It is RAISE's objective to create a European network of contact points to provide infrastructural and knowledge access, consulting, and further services to user communities from industry, SMEs, and academia with less developed expertise in AI and HPC. Task 6.3 of Work Package 6 is dedicated to setting up and extending RAISE's network. 


Recognizable contact points will be implemented at the partners’ sites (see Fig. 1) to increase the local visibility of RAISE's developments and services. These first level entry points will form the tightly connected backbone of the continuously expanding RAISE network. From these units, expansion will first be focused on a national and subsequently on an international level. It is the aim to connect smaller (≤Tier-2) HPC centers, local academic institutions, industry, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to RAISE’s developments and expertise. This will allow to uncover new user communities and to provide corresponding service and education.

Figure 1: The full partners (third parties) in RAISE build up the foundation for the RAISE network.

The CoE RAISE will act as an enabler for AI-based Exascale technologies. The objective is also fully aligned with the mission of CYI to act as a regional hub in the Eastern Mediterranean (EM) region, and in particular its newly established ERA Chair in Modeling and Simulation for Engineering Applications (SimEA) . UOI acts as a hub to the nordic region with close contacts with the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC) . RTU will act as a regional hub to the industry and academia in the Baltic Region. RWTH is part of the HPC.NRW initiative, which aims at establishing an HPC competence network in North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) and also part of the German Gauß-Alliance. RWTH will act as a hub for knowledge transfer in the participating HPC centers. FZJ, as part of the Gauss Center for Supercomputing (GCS) and the EuroHPC project EuroCC will offer RAISE knowledge and services through GCS and together with BSC through the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE). The owners of commercial software (codes and workflows) will also be included in these processes.