The Fortissimo project, funded by the European Commission within the I4MS initiative (ICT Innovation for Manufacturing Small & Medium Enterprises), successfully concluded in December 2019.
It consisted of two phases: the first phase ran from July 2013 to December 2016; the second phase ran from November 2015 to December 2018. The project was coordinated by the University of Edinburgh and involved 23 core partners from different European countries.
The aim of Fortissimo was to strengthen the global competitiveness of European industry. The project encouraged the use of advanced modelling, simulation and data analytics by European Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and midcaps involved in engineering and manufacturing.
Through the use of High-Performance Computing (HPC) resources available via a cloud-based infrastructure, opportunities leading to business benefits can be identified and applied across the complete value chain saving companies time and money and improving their competitive position.
An outcome of the Fortissimo project was to establish a Fortissimo Marketplace, providing SMEs cost-effective access to advanced stimulation and modelling services operating on a Cloud infrastructure of HPC resources, software applications, expertise, and tools. The Fortissimo Marketplace, launched in October 2016, represents today an innovative and sustainable commercial ecosystem for simulation, modelling and data analytics. It simplifies access to HPC services for European companies enabling them to be more competitive.
During the Fortissimo project ninety-two SMEs participated through “open calls” proposing experiments to demonstrate the benefits of HPC cloud-based advanced modelling, simulation and data analytics. During the 18-month duration of an experiment, the Fortissimo partners provided the participating SMEs with access to HPC-resources via a cloud-based infrastructure and supported them in the planning, implementation and realization of their experiments.
The experiments from both phases of Fortissimo resulted in 79 success stories presenting case studies demonstrating the use of Cloud-based HPC. These case studies were not only relevant to the business needs of end-users, but also showed the benefits to all involved in the value chain from end-users to the providers of HPC-infrastructure. All of the 79 success stories are presented in the final edition of Fortissimo Success Stories booklet.