Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2017-03-20

Exascale

The European Commission granted the legal status of European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) to the e-Science and Technology European Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (LifeWatch). With this measure, the EU provides the facility with many administrative advantages enjoyed by international organisations and therefore helps to successfully implement the infrastructure project. Read further...

Focus on Europe

In preparation of the big announcement of Europe's exascale supercomputing plans later this week in Rome, two Director Generals of the European Commission, Roberto Viola, Director-General, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technologies and Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General, DG Research and Innovation, authored a blog on why supercomputers and HPC matter for everyday life. The ability to understand through supercomputing the complexity of a huge amount of information, coming from many sources could provide a response to some of the answered challenges of our society, Viola and Smits write. HPC allows us to design and simulate the effects of new drugs, provide faster diagnosis and better treatments, control epidemics and support decision-making in many areas like electricity or water distribution or urban planning. The applications in technology and engineering are countless, from more energy-efficient buildings to better and safer cars and planes. Read further...
Things are heating up in expectation of the announcements of Europe's plans for HPC later this week in Rome. What will the exascale supercomputing plans look like? How many billion euro will be put into HPC? Will it be enough to really be a global player alongside China, USA and Japan? In the main session, politicians from Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland and Luxembourg will speak. So we can expect that they also will contribute financially through an IPCEI project or similar. In the technical session Atos Bull and Eurotech are presenting, alongside FZ Jülich Germany, BSC Spain and CSCS Switserland. Read further...