Among the winners of the "Trophées de la simulation numérique 2016", aimed at acknowledging the most innovative projects of the field and awarded, on 28 June, during the Teratec Forum organised at the Ecole Polytechnique, one company has been supported by the French HPC for SMEs Initiative.

It is Nexio which won the "prix PME". A specialist in designing and publishing software for electroma­gnetism simulation (for the naval, aeronautic, defence and automobile sectors), the Toulouse-based SME has been helped during a year by the HPC for SMEs Initiative HPC-PME in order to adapt one of its leading software products, CAPITOLE-EM, for high performance computing.

The support put in place by HPC for SMEs meant that Nexio was able to obtain expert advice from the Institut de recherche en informatique de Toulouse, the CNRS reference laboratory for computing and applied mathematics, and access to 30,000 core hours on the ressources of Calmip, a regional computing centre located in Toulouse and partner of the Equip@meso project. Calmip has also provided a technical support to the SME for increasing the computing performances of its software product, now able to process 6 million unknowns compared to just 500,000 before.

This support helped Nexio to sign two major contracts in Japan at the end of 2013 and also open the doors to the European HPC ecosystem: Nexio has been selected by the SHAPE programme (the European equivalent of HPC for SMEs) of PRACE and by the Fortissimo project for deploying its software product on a commercial cloud platform. Finally, Nexio has received, in 2014, the "HPC Innovation Excellence Award" presented each year by the international consultancy firm, IDC, in recognition of the level of excellence acquired in the application of advanced numerical simulation.

Launched in 2010 by Bpifrance, Genci and Inria, to help French SMEs use numerical simulation, the HPC for SMEs Initiative is closed since 1 January 2016. It is extended, in a renewed and industrialised form, in the context of the SiMSEO programme led jointly by Genci and Teratec and benefiting from a funding of the "Investissements d’Avenir" programme: www.simseo.fr

Nexio 2016

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