The impact of High-Performance Computing (HPC) in different contexts related to the needs of high capabilities and strategies to simulate or to compute is very known. In the development of the RISC2 project, observing the project’s main goals, it is not a potential impact to support scientific challenges recognised after the exploration but an essential requirement for scientific, productive, and social activities. Different outcomes are presented in the academic spaces as the workshops and main tracks of the Latin American Conference on High-Performance Computing (CARLA 2023). In these spaces, different RISC2 proposals show how HPC allows competitiveness, demands collaboration to attack global interests, and guarantees sustainability.
In the European and Latin American (EuroLatAm) HPC ecosystems, it tis possible to identify actors in different domains: industry, academy, research, society, and government. Each of them, at different levels, has a group of demands or interactions, depending on the interests. I.e., the industry demands capabilities to have HPC solutions for productivity and wants skills from the academy to perform development actors to build applications to use solutions. Another example could be the relationship between research and the government. In the HPC Ecosystem, collaborations allow synergies to face common interests. Still, it demands policies and coordinated roadmaps to support long-term projects and activities with a clear impact on society.
Of course, a historical relationship exists between Latin America and Europe from colonial history. In the case of advanced computing projects, it is possible to identify, from the first EuroLatAm Grid Computing projects more than twenty years ago until the real supercomputing projects such as RISC and RISC2. Still, now, more with shared interests and the different EuroLatAm HPC projects improve competitiveness and collaboration. Competitiveness for industrial and productive business, partnership (and competitiveness) in science and education goals, and human wellness. So paraphrasing Mateo Valero “who does not compute does not compete”, I would add “who does not collaborate does not survive”.
Taking collaboration and competitiveness, the RISC2 project allows identifying sustainability elements and sustainable workflows for different projects. The impressive interaction between the actors of the HPC EuroLatAm ecosystem has not only given scientific results but also policies, recommendations, best practices, and new questions. For these outcomes, in the past 2022 Supercomputing Conference, RISC2 was awarded the 2022 HPCWire Editors’ Choice Award as the Best HPC Collaboration.
Sustainable advanced computing ecosystems and their growth are evident with the knowledge of the results of projects such as RISC2. Collaboration, interaction, and competitiveness build human development and guarantee development, technological diversification, and peer-to-peer relationships to attack common interests and problems. So, RISC2 is a crucial step to advance to a RISC3 as it was at the time of the previous RISC.