BDVA participates in the launch of the TransContinuum Initiative

The 11th of December marks the official launch of the TransContinuum Initiative or TCI. TransContinuum is the unison of related digital technologies which offers solutions for the operation of complex data workflow systems. In this continuum, High Performance Computing plays a central role as the engine propelling AI, Big Data, IoT, Cybersecurity, and Mathematical components to work together.

In this context, eight associations came together to develop a vision for the digital continuum and to collaborate and establish recommendations for European Research and Innovation funding programmes but also to generate and foster an interdisciplinary network of experts. BDVA is proud to participate, together with the ETP4HPC, ECSO, 5G IA, EU-MATHS-IN, CLAIRE, HiPEAC and AIOTI, in the launch of this initiative.

As BDVA President, Thomas Hahn (Siemens), put it: "the future competitive position of Europe will be based in the capability to extract data insights from next-generation digital infrastructure combining communications networks, HPC/processor technology, Cloud, IoT, Big Data, Cybersecurity, Edge Computing and AI. A holistic view is needed in Europe to develop a strong AI and Data-driven ecosystem. Europe can build on strong industries (small and big, established and new) and excellence research. After years working with ETP4HPC in the convergence of data and compute capa-bilities, we very much welcome this wider collaboration with other communities in the context of the TransContinuum initiative aligned with BDVA mission and objectives, the upcoming AI, Data and Robotics partnership and key cloud/data initiatives such as Gaia-X".

The TransContinuum Initiative will focus on collaboration towards five objectives:

1. Elaborate joint recommendations for R&D to be carried out in EU- or JU-funded work programmes addressing challenges in the digital continuum.
2. Engage with EU Research & Innovation funding entities to promote our recommendations.
3. Generate and foster an interdisciplinary network of experts in science and industry.
4. Contribute to Strategic Research [and Innovation] Agendas or any other road mapping documents issued by participating partners, specifically on interdisciplinary technical aspects, with a view to extend the concept of co-design to cover the entire continuum.
5. Contribute to the 5 Horizon Europe missions (adaptation to climate change including societal trans-formation, cancer, healthy oceans, seas coastal and inland waters, climate-neutral and smart cities, soil health and food.) One of the first pragmatic actions will be to design the contribution of the Digital Twin enabler to the Horizon Europe missions.

You can find the full press release for the launch of the initiative here and the vision statement here

If you have questions on this initiative do not hesitate to write to BDVA at