DLR is Germany’s national research centre for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in Aeronautics, Space, Energy, Transport and Security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. As Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility for the forward planning and the implementation of the German space programme by the German federal government.

The DLR institute Simulation and Software Technology participates in VESTEC with two departments. The department Software for Space Systems and Interactive Visualization (DLR-SRV) will lead the project as coordinator and will develop in-memory visual analytics approaches to support decision-making and provide data reduction for exascale applications. The department High-Performance Computing (DLR- HPC) will contribute with its expertise in numerical algorithms, data analytics as well as software engineering and optimization approaches for extremely parallel systems.

Established in 1990, EPCC is the University’s high-performance and novel computing centre. EPCC provides a wide variety of services to academia and industry including: software design, development and re-engineering; performance optimisation; distributed computing consultancy and solutions; facilities access; data integration and data mining consultancy.

EPCC leads the Interactive Supercomputing work package (WP5) and will contribute to the overall system architecture design to integrate high-velocity sensor data into ensemble simulation environments (WP2).


KTH Royal Institute of Technology, established in 1827, is one of Europe's top schools for science and engineering, graduating one-third of Sweden's undergraduate and graduate engineers in the full range of engineering disciplines.

KTH is the main responsible partner of the space weather simulation pilot. It affects system specification (WP2), interactive supercomputing (WP5), and use case 3 (T6.3).

Pierre and Marie Curie University is one of the main universities in France. It is the largest scientific and medical complex in France, active in many fields of research with scope and achievements at the highest level, as demonstrated by the many awards regularly won by UPMC researchers, and the many international partnerships it maintains at the international level.

UPMC is in charge of WP3 where essential methods will be developed for topological-based feature extraction and compression. The results will be integrated in WP4 for interactive exploration and for the execution of the use cases (WP6).

Kitware’s mission is to create, maintain and service open-source software, and to create proprietary products on top of that software. The company has made a world-wide impact with the well-known Visualization Toolkit (VTK), ParaView, the Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK), and the Cross-platform Make (CMake) systems.

Kitware in VESTEC will mainly contribute to WP2 and WP4 and support the execution of the use cases in WP6. Its main contribution will be in data post-processing, feature extraction, and visualization. They have strong expertise in large data visualization and post-processing. In particular, Kitware will work with the different partners in order to address the issue of large scale in-situ processing.

Intel Deutschland GmbH designs and manufactures a variety of essential technologies, including microprocessors and chipsets and the additional hardware, software and related services that together serve as the foundation for many of the world’s computing devices. Over the last decade, Intel has evolved from a company that largely serves the PC industry, to a company that increasingly provides the vital intelligence inside all things computing.

Intel will mainly contribute to the design and adaptions of the visualization pipelines. In particular, Intel will lead Task 3.4 In-situ Rendering and Task 5.4 Performance Analysis and Tuning.

Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) is a private non-profit research center working for the public interest, established by the government of Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy. FBK aims to results of excellence in science and technology with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches and to the applicative dimension.

FBK will mainly contribute to the Pilot 2 “Mosquito-borne Diseases”.

Since its creation in 1969, UPS Toulouse III has expanded its multi-disciplinary education in the fields of science, health, engineering, technology and sports, developing one of the most important scientific research clusters in France. With almost 29,000 registered students, UPS is one of the leading French universities, in the quality of its teaching, the breadth of its scientific research and the number of students it attracts.

UPS is in charge of the weather data.

Tecnosylva counts with over 20 years of experience in the engineering field, providing innovative geospatial emergency management solutions for the forest fire fighting sector. Tecnosylva’s wildfire simulator product Wildfire Analyst® is nowadays considered one of the most recognized operational wildfire simulators worldwide.

Tecnosylva in VESTEC will contribute to WP2, WP4, WP5 and WP6 and will lead Task 6.1. Its main contribution will be in development and deployment of the probabilistic fire forecast and monitoring system for the forest fire pilot use case. They have strong expertise in the modelling of forest fire.