“HPCLab” – Introduction
“HPCLab” is the original name given to the laboratory in 1990, since it consolidated the first in Greece activities and R&D projects in parallel computing. These were carried out in Patras since 1984 and included research, the first courses in parallel computing in Greece, projects funded by the European Union and national agencies, the introduction of a commercial parallel machine for the first time in Greece (Intel iPSC/2 hypercube), as well as the organization of the first (Athens 1987) and the third (Crete 1989) ACM – ICS conferences.
The formal full name is “High Performance Information Systems Laboratory”.
The laboratory, as part of its research activities and the projects it has worked on, has cooperated with many organizations in Greece (as an example we mention: Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Hellenic Ministry for the Environment Physical Planning and Public Works, National Book Center, Melina Merkouri Foundation, Greek National Tourism Organization) and with many research institutes and researchers from abroad (as an example we mention: Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain (UPC-CEPBA), Instituto di Cibernetica, Italy (CNR), Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique, France (INRIA), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Olivetti Ricerca Bari (Italy).
The cooperation of the laboratory with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture has been very important. As part of this cooperation the laboratory has / had undertaken the role of the consultant of the ministry Information Society Technologies, while it has developed many systems and applications. Also as part of this cooperation the laboratory has access to high value cultural content for use in research and non commercial purposes.