Enhanced Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument
The EU and ASEAN consider science, technology and innovation a priority in driving sustainable economic growth, enhancing connectivity, and addressing the climate emergency. High performance computing can help provide solutions to data intensive problems and when approached from a regional perspective can deepen digital connectivity, encourage innovation, and overcome high entry barriers by optimising resources and cost sharing. With this aim, the EU-ASEAN High Performance Computing (HPC) Coordination Group, supported by the EU-funded E-READI facility, met for the first time in March 2019 in Singapore. The event also focused on creating opportunities for skilled ASEAN professionals in the domain of HPC.
A subsequent second meeting and study tour to European HPC facilities took place in November 2019. Participants visited the headquarters of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) as well as the peta-scale HPC facility at the Belval Campus, University of Luxembourg. ASEAN scientists and seismic, climate and bioinformatics experts also attended a PRACE training event at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre focusing on extreme weather predictions, bioscience and bioinformatics. The event demonstrated the benefits for researchers of enhanced access to regional computing facilities, and the possibilities to increase competitiveness in a digital economy.
We are convinced that Southeast Asia and Europe are unique and exciting partners for each other. Combining their respective strengths in the areas of science and technology is a promising endeavour for both sides. S&T cooperation can not only generate economic and social benefits for both regions but is likely to contribute to addressing bi-regional and global challenges as well.Gerold Heinrichs and Christoph Elineau, SEA-EU-NET Coordination