TCI – The TransContinuum Initiative 

About Big Data Value Association

TCI is a horizontal collaboration between 8 European associations and projects involved in IT technology, application and services provisioning for the Digital Continuum:

  • 5G IA, the 5G Infrastructure Association,
  • AIOTI, the Alliance of Internet Of Things Innovation,
  • BDVA, the Big Data Value Association,
  • ECSO, the European Cybersecurity Organisation,
  • EPoSS, the European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration, 
  • ETP4HPC, the European Technology Platform for High-Performance Computing,
  • EU-Maths-In, the European Service Network of Mathematics for Industry and Innovation,
  • HiPEACproject (High Performance Embedded Architecture and Compilation). 

The TransContinuum is the unison of related digital technologies which offers solutions for the operation of complex data workflow systems. In this continuum, HPC plays a central role as the engine propelling AI, Big Data, IoT, Cybersecurity and Mathematical components to work together. 

The Transcontinuum Initiative, or TCI, is developing a vision of the characteristics of the infrastructure required for the convergence of data and compute capabilities in many leading edge industrial and scientific use scenarios. A paradigm change is needed: we will have to design systems encompassing millions of compute devices distributed over scientific instruments, IoT, supercomputers and Cloud systems through LAN, WLAN and 5G networks. 

The ambition of TCI is also to become a meeting place of experts representing various disciplines in both science and industry – an asset that Europe can apply in the resolution of its other challenges such as healthcare, climate change or smart cities. 

The TransContinuum Initiative focuses 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 transformation, 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.