Primeur flash 2017-06-02

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Slovenia joins the European HPC cooperation EuroHPC as 9th member ...

Exascale

Greece joins EuroHPC, signs the European declaration on high-performance computing ...

Focus on Europe

Member of Parliament Pavel Popescu urges Romanian government to join EuroHPC ...

European Processor Initiative (EPI) announced on European Commission website ...

Finland is considering joining EuroHPC ...

Austria is preparing to join EuroHPC ...

Cyprus 15th country to sign EuroHPC declaration ...

EuroHPC will invest most likely in the 1,3 billion euro range to develop exascale supercomputers - European Parliament briefing confirms ...

Why Sweden is not part of EuroHPC ...

The Czech Republic has signed the EuroHPC declaration as 14th country ...

European Commission proposes to invest 1 billion euro in world-class European supercomputers ...

European High-Perfomance Computing Joint Undertaking - EuroHPC JU - in operation by 2019 ...

Supercomputers will revolutionise machine learning, says European Commisioner Carlos Moedas ...

If EuroHPC is not a success, Europe is risking outsourcing its innovative capacity to third countries, says EC Commissioner Mariya Gabriel ...

Seat of EuroHPC JU will be in Luxembourg ...

European Commission issues synopsis report and contributions to the EuroHPC targeted consultation ...

The supercomputer applications considered crucial for Europe ...

BSC and Bull lead consortium will develop the microprocessor for EuroHPC ...

Croatia officially signed the EuroHPC declaration ...

Croatia to join EuroHPC as 13th country ...

European Parliament Think Tank publishes briefing on supercomputing in Europe ...

HPC in Europe is problematic, says 85% of respondents of the targeted public consultation ...

Swiss Secretary of State Mauro Dell'Ambrogio signs EuroHPC declaration on behalf of Switzerland ...

Switzerland to join EuroHPC as 11th country - Bulgaria officially signed the EuroHPC declaration ...

Bulgaria joins EuroHPC ...

EuroHPC progressing towards European exascale and expanding with new member states ...

European Commission opens consultation on EuroHPC HPC plans ...

Slovenia joins the European HPC cooperation EuroHPC as 9th member ...

EuroHPC expands: Belgium joins the European exascale initiative by signing EuroHPC declaration ...

Exciting times for the European citizen: EuroHPC plans two exascale machines by 2024-2025 ...

Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2017-06-02

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This evening, Boris Koprivnikar, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia, signed the EuroHPC declaration in the presence of the European Commission Vice-President Ansip and the Commissioner Gabriel. Slovenia becomes this way the ninth Member State signing this declaration and aiming at working together to coordinate the European efforts in High Performance Computing. Read further...

Exascale

Greece is the 12th country to sign the European declaration on high-performance computing (HPC). With this signature, Greece agreed to join the European effort to build the next generation of computing and data infrastructures. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Member of Parliament Pavel Popescu asked the Romanian government to consider joining EuroHPC. This initiative, already joined by 15 countries aims to acquire and to develop exascale supercomputer for use by scientists. Popescu is afraid that otherwise Romania will lag behind and it would neither be using its excellent Internet infrastructure to the limit. Read further...
The European Commission published an official announcement of the European Processor Initiative (EPI) on its website. As we reported already a few weeks ago in an interview with Atos' Philippe Notton - who will be leading the initiative, EPI will develop a processor that will be at the heart of the EuroHPC supercomputers. The announcement confirms there are 23 partners in the project and the budget amounts to 120 million euro. It is not clear about the performance target, as it mentions 10 Petaflop/s as target for pre-exascale systems, which seems a bit low. Read further...
According to Teknikan Maailma (TM), Finland is considering joining EuroHPC. TM is citing Petteri Kauppinen of the Ministery of Education and Culture, who commented the second stage of EuroHPC, that is starting in 2023, will probably be much more expensive that the 1 billion euro public money planned for the first phase. Read further...
According to the Austrian newspaper "Die Presse" the Austrian government is examining participation in EuroHPC. "This is an important issue and ceratinly worh supporting. We are examining in howfar Austria could join and what the financial contribution would be.", told Annette Weber, spokeswoman of Heinz Faßmann, science Minister, to "die Presse". End of februar there will be another meeting with the participationg ministeries, economic organisations and the European Commission. Read further...
According to the European Commission, Cyprus has signed the EuroHPC declaration. Cyprus intends to join the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking once it has been established. No further details are known yet. Read further...
As Flemish Minister Philippe Muyters stated in his Parliament - see our coverage yesterday - EuroHPC will invest around 1,3 billion in exascale supercomputer performance, not 1 billion as was communicated before. Around 1 billion is just the investments by the European Union (486 million) and the participating countries (matching 486 million). Another 422 million are investments expected from industry. A briefing "European High-Performance Joint Undertaking" for the European Parliament confirms these numbers. The briefing, published yesterday, is part of the European Legislation process to establish a EuroHPC Joint Undertaking as legal entity. The briefing outlines the background of EuroHPC and the steps towards legislation which is to be concluded by the adoption of the European Council. Read further...
Sweden is very strong in HPC including in applications for exascale. The PDC Center for High Performance Computing is a partner in several European HPC projects for instance. So why was not Sweden amongst the first to sign the EuroHPC declaration, many wondered. And why have they still not done so? Karin Lindström from Computer Sweden asked the Minister of Digital Development, Peter Eriksson. He told her that when EuroHPC was proposed it was strongly focused towards the HPC industry in Germany and France. Also there are other important areas like AI and Quantum computing. Read further...
Robert Plaga, Czech Minister of Education, Youth and Sports has signed the EuroHPC declaration The Czech Republic is the 14th country to participate in EuroHPC. Read further...
The European Commission unveiled today its plans to invest jointly with the Member States in building a world-class European supercomputers infrastructure, confirming its commitment to EuroHPC. Today's step is crucial for the European Union's competitiveness and independence in the data economy, says the Commission. Today, European scientists and industry increasingly process their data outside the EU because their needs are not matched by the computation time or computer performance available in the EU. This lack of independence threatens privacy, data protection, commercial trade secrets, and ownership of data in particular for sensitive applications. Read further...
The European High-Perfomance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) will pool European resources to develop top-of-the-range exascale supercomputers for processing big data, based on competitive European technology. Read further...
"This is one of the really important moments that can change the future", said Carlos Moedas at the EuroHPC press conference in Brussels announcing European supercomputer plans. "It is also probably one of the greatest examples that we have of European added value. What we are doing here with supercomputers is doing what others could not do alone." Read further...
"The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking will allow us to build a pan-European infrastructure of High-Performance Computers. Through EuroHPC, we want to align national interest, industrial interests, scientific interests, all around one single project", said European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel at a EuroHPC press conference in Brussels. "First of all to finance competitive European HPC technology. Furthermore, we want to build jointly the pre-exascale infrastructure which will be amongst the most advanced in the world. The importance of this joint undertaking was recognized by 13 member states and associated countries." Read further...
The Ministry of Economy in Luxembourg has announced that the seat of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking announced earlier today in Brussels will be in Luxembourg. The ministry expects its establishment in the second half of 2018. Luxembourg was one of the initial countries signing the EuroHPC declaration. It also was involved in the IPCEI HPC endeavour. Part of the European Commission that is involved in HPC and supercomputing has been moved from Brussels to Luxembourg over the past years. Read further...
The 'targeted stakeholder consultation' on the Common European initiative on High Performance Computing (HPC) was held from 3 August to 5 September 2017. The responses of participants and stakeholders who gave their consent to publication as well as a synopsis report analysing the results of this public consultation are now available. Read further...
Why is it important to pool resources at European level? HPC capabilities are used to solve and address scientific, industrial and societal challenges in health, climate change and weather forecast, industry, cybersecurity, and energy. Read further...
A consortium with BSC (Barcelona Supercomputing Center) as scientific lead and Bull as industrial lead have won the "Framework Partnership Agreement in European low-power microprocessor technologies" contract. According to the European Commission there were two competing consortia. The Framework contract in itself does not provide any funding, but it allows the consortium to submit two proposals: first a Phase I proposal valued at 80 million euro next year, and a Phase II proposal in 2010 valued at 40 million euro. There will be no competition for the Phase I and Phase II proposal stages but the proposals themselves still will need to be evaluated positively. Creating a European microprocessor, to be independent from US and Chinese microprocessors, to be used for HPC, Big Data and AI, is one of the goals of EuroHPC. Read further...
Blazenka Divjak, Croatian Minister for Science and Education, signs for Republic of Croatia the Declaration Cooperation framework on High Performance Computing (EuroHPC ), in the presence of Roberto Viola, Director General DG Connect; European Commission. Croatia is the 13th country joining the EuroHPC declaration. Goal of this HPC collaboration is to bring Europe back on the front row of exascale supercompuitng by 2022. Read further...
Ms Blazenka Divjak, Minister for Science and Education of Croatia, will sign the EuroHPC declaration on behalf of Croatia on November 20th. European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will be present. Croatia will be the 13th country to join EuroHPC. Read further...
The Think Tank of the European Parliament has published a 6-page overview of the supercomputing developments in Europe. It nicely describes the road Europe is taking, its position in the world relative to the U.S.A., China and Japan. It describes the initiatives, such as EuroHPC, and the financing models. The briefing not only describes HPC in its narrower sense, but also the quantum technology developments. Read further...
Preliminary findings of the targeted stakeholder consultation on the HPC initiative in Europe and the EuroHPC inception impact assessment that ran from 3 August to 5 September 2017 show that almost any respondent (85%) sees the current state of HPC in Europe as problematic. There is limited interaction between industry and academia. They note there is a deep fragmentation of HPC programmes and uncoordinated activities, and Europe's supercomputing capabilities depend on non-EU suppliers. Read further...
Today in Bern, Swiss State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation Mauro Dell'Ambrogio signed the EuroHPC declaration. Switzerland is the 11th country signing the EuroHPC declaration. This country is of particular importance to the EuroHPC consortium because it houses the nr. 3 supercomputer in the world, the Piz Daint at CSCS. Switzerland also has strong HPC application and development efforts ongoing and has research in new technologies including quantum computing. Switzerland is participating in Europe's Horizon 2020 programme. Read further...
Switzerland is expected to be the next country to join the European HPC effort EuroHPC on 20 October 2017. As we announced two days ago in Primeur Magazine, Bulgaria has joined the EuroHPC as 10th member. The signature has now been put on the declaration. The declaration was signed in Sofia, by Bulgarian Minister of Education and Science, Krasimir Valchev, in the presence of Commissioner Gabriel. Read further...
The Bulgarian government has decided to join EuroHPC. The Ministry of Science and Education proposed this to the government. It is not yet known when the actual signing ceremony will take place. If that is soon, Bulgaria will be the tenth country joining Europe's effort towards exascale HPC. Read further...
On October 5, the member states (countries) involved in EuroHPC and the European Commission had a meeting in Brussels. According to the Commission during this meeting, the signatory member states of the EuroHPC declaration provided testimonials of their interest and role in the EuroHPC initiative. This served to illustrate to all the other European countries the incentives to collaborate at European level. Read further...
The European Commission has opened a consultation on the High Performance Computing Initiative in Europe. Closing date for the public consultation is September 5. The European Commission wants to gather stakeholders’ opinions on the key areas of the future EU-wide initiative on HPC that will support the development of the next generation of computing and data infrastructure in Europe. Topics include: Main challenges to the current state of HPC in Europe; Added-value of EU coordinated action; Main objectives of the EuroHPC initiative; and Set-up of the EuroHPC initiative (time-frame, participants and their role, responsibilities). The results of the consultation will help define EuroHPC, the new EU legal and financial instrument that will implement the European HPC initiative. Read further...
This evening, Boris Koprivnikar, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia, signed the EuroHPC declaration in the presence of the European Commission Vice-President Ansip and the Commissioner Gabriel. Slovenia becomes this way the ninth Member State signing this declaration and aiming at working together to coordinate the European efforts in High Performance Computing. Read further...
Belgium is the 8th EU country to sign the European declaration on high-performance computing. Belgium will participate in EuroHPC in the joint efforts to build the next generation of computing and data infrastructures. Belgium Minister Alexander De Croo signed the EuoHPC declaration on June 9th in Luxembourg. Read further...
After the e-IRG Workshop in St. Paul's Bay, Malta,Primeur Magazineinvited Dr. Juan Miguel González-Aranda, e-IRG Delegate for Spain, Interim LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Deputy of the Directorate-General for International Relations at the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness in Spain for an interview about the European construction "commons" spirit and the essential role to this end coming from the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG). Dr. González-Aranda is chairing the e-IRG Working Group on the Long-Term Preservation of Scientific Research Data. The aim is to support and push e-IRG in being the real high-level expertise reflection group that assists in co-creating and establishing the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and the new EuroHPC Initiative as well. Read further...

Primeur flash 2017-06-02

Start

Slovenia joins the European HPC cooperation EuroHPC as 9th member ...

Exascale

Greece joins EuroHPC, signs the European declaration on high-performance computing ...

Focus on Europe

Member of Parliament Pavel Popescu urges Romanian government to join EuroHPC ...

European Processor Initiative (EPI) announced on European Commission website ...

Finland is considering joining EuroHPC ...

Austria is preparing to join EuroHPC ...

Cyprus 15th country to sign EuroHPC declaration ...

EuroHPC will invest most likely in the 1,3 billion euro range to develop exascale supercomputers - European Parliament briefing confirms ...

Why Sweden is not part of EuroHPC ...

The Czech Republic has signed the EuroHPC declaration as 14th country ...

European Commission proposes to invest 1 billion euro in world-class European supercomputers ...

European High-Perfomance Computing Joint Undertaking - EuroHPC JU - in operation by 2019 ...

Supercomputers will revolutionise machine learning, says European Commisioner Carlos Moedas ...

If EuroHPC is not a success, Europe is risking outsourcing its innovative capacity to third countries, says EC Commissioner Mariya Gabriel ...

Seat of EuroHPC JU will be in Luxembourg ...

European Commission issues synopsis report and contributions to the EuroHPC targeted consultation ...

The supercomputer applications considered crucial for Europe ...

BSC and Bull lead consortium will develop the microprocessor for EuroHPC ...

Croatia officially signed the EuroHPC declaration ...

Croatia to join EuroHPC as 13th country ...

European Parliament Think Tank publishes briefing on supercomputing in Europe ...

HPC in Europe is problematic, says 85% of respondents of the targeted public consultation ...

Swiss Secretary of State Mauro Dell'Ambrogio signs EuroHPC declaration on behalf of Switzerland ...

Switzerland to join EuroHPC as 11th country - Bulgaria officially signed the EuroHPC declaration ...

Bulgaria joins EuroHPC ...

EuroHPC progressing towards European exascale and expanding with new member states ...

European Commission opens consultation on EuroHPC HPC plans ...

Slovenia joins the European HPC cooperation EuroHPC as 9th member ...

EuroHPC expands: Belgium joins the European exascale initiative by signing EuroHPC declaration ...

Exciting times for the European citizen: EuroHPC plans two exascale machines by 2024-2025 ...