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The Fortissimo 2 Project

The Fortissimo 2 project - funded by the European Commission under the H2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation through grant agreement no 680481 and part of the ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS) action (www.i4ms.eu) - is a follow-on action to the Fortissimo project established in 2013 (see www.fortissimo-project.eu for details on both initiatives). As its predecessor, Fortissimo 2 is a collaborative project that will enable European SMEs to be more competitive globally through the use of simulation services running on a High Performance Computing (HPC) cloud infrastructure. The project is coordinated by the University of Edinburgh and involves manufacturing companies, application developers, domain experts, IT solution providers, HPC cloud service providers and HPC centres.

Fortissimo 2 will drive the uptake of advanced modelling, simulation and data analytics by European engineering and manufacturing SMEs and mid-caps. Such an uptake will deliver improved design processes, better products and services, and improved competitiveness. For the European Union as a whole this means improved employment opportunities and economic growth.

The importance of advanced ICT to the competitiveness of both large and small companies in the engineering and manufacturing domain is well established. Despite early successes in this area, there are still many barriers to the uptake of such solutions, not least of which are the initial cost and complexity of adoption, particularly in the context of challenging trading conditions.

At the core of Fortissimo 2 are three tranches of application experiments (about 35 in total). These experiments will be driven by the requirements of first-time users (predominately SMEs) and will bring together actors from across the value chain, from cycle providers to domain experts via the Fortissimo 2 experiments. This will enable innovative solutions to manufacturing challenges, leading to new and improved design processes, products and services. A key feature of Fortissimo 2 will be the adaption of the Fortissimo Marketplace based on feedback from the application experiments.

An initial set of experiments has started February 1st, 2016 and two further sets will be obtained through Open Calls for proposals in 2016. The first Call will be open from the end of February to the end of May 2016 and will have a budget of about 2 M€. Details on the call procedure and documentation will be available through the Fortissimo website here.

The Details

Project Name: Fortissimo 2 – Factories of the Future Resources, Technology, Infrastructure and Services forSimulation and Modelling 2
Start date: November 1st 2015
End date: October 31st 2018
Total Budget: 11.1 M€
EU Contribution: 10 M€
Contract Number: 680481 under the H2020 Framework Programme
No of Partners: 38 in total (13 core Partners and currently 25 Partners involved in Experiments)
Core Partners: University of Edinburgh (EPCC), Scapos, University of Stuttgart (HLRS), Sicos BW, Intel, Arctur, Xlab, CESGA, Gompute, Bull, Atos, SURFsara, and CINECA
No of Experiments: About 35 in total of which 14 started on February 1st, 2016. Two open calls for participation for about 21 additional experiments are planned
Date of second call: September 21st, 2016 - December 7th, 2016 (for details please go here)