Primeur flash 2017-06-02

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

Exascale

Latvia 21st country to join EuroHPC JU ...

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

Focus on Europe

European Commissioner Gabriel reconfirms intention to make Europe a top 3 supercomputing power in the world ...

EuroHPC Joint Undertaking gets its own Internet presence ...

ETP4HPC takes part in EuroHPC and names its representatives ...

EuroHPC JU Regulation officially published ...

EuroHPC JU established - a milestone on Europe's journey towards exascale ...

Switzerland not part of EuroHPC? ...

Council of the EU backs Commission's plans to invest 1 billion euro in world-class European supercomputers ...

Council chair Austria welcomes Council of the EU's adoption of the EuroHPC JU ...

Denmark 24th country committed to EuroHPC ...

Romania could join EuroHPC as 23rd country ...

Part of Horizon 2020 HPC programme cancelled in favour of EuroHPC ...

EuroHPC Joint Undertaking will be officially established end September ...

EuroHPC twitter account now has over 500 followers ...

Estonia signed the EuroHPC declaration: 21nd country to sign, 22nd country to commit to EuropHPC ...

Estonia to join the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking as 22nd country ...

European parliament votes in favour of EuroHPC JU ...

European Commission welcomes Parliament vote on plans to establish EuroHPC JU ...

Report European Investment Bank: Financing the future of supercomputing - How to increase investments in high performance computing in Europe ...

No supercomputer in the European Union in the top 3 of the world? For BSC that is a choice, says Mateo Valero ...

German supercomputers belong in the world top10 ...

And then there were 20: Finland and Sweden join EuroHPC ...

Austria joins EuroHPC ...

New Digital Europe Programme proposed by the European Commission with 2,7 billion euro for HPC for 2021-2027 timeframe ...

Another 4 countries to sign the EuroHPC declaration, bringing the total to 21 countries ...

Lithuania to join EuroHPC ...

EuroHPC budget for exascale and post-exascale supercomputing up to 5 billion euro ...

European Competitiveness Council made progress on EuroHPC and EOSC ...

Poland officially signed the EuroHPC declaration ...

Another small step for EuroHPC: positive advise from the European Economic and Social Committee ...

European Commission proposes to invest 475 million euro in EuroHPC in the coming 2 years ...

CSCS Switzerland will not host a EuroHPC supercomputer ...

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

As expected Latvia has officially announced its intention to join EuroHPC JU - the European legal entity to procure and produce exascale supercomputers. Latvian Minister for Education and Science Professor Karlis Šadurskis has signed the EuroHPC declaration. If all goes as planned, EuroHPC will come into existence in September 2018. Read further...
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

Today the Governing Board of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (Euro HPC JU) meets for the first time, in the presence of Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. The Governing Board brings together representatives of the European Commission and the 25 participating European countries, who have undertaken to pool EU and national resources in order to develop top-of-the-range exascale supercomputers in Europe. Read further...
The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking got its own corner on the Europa.eu portal. It brings together the information that was already available on other parts of the web site. Today is the first governance board meeting. As soon as we know who exactly the board members are, we will let you know. Read further...
The ETP4HPC steering board has been preparing the involvement of its association in the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking for many months. The General Assembly validated on 30 October 2018 the decision of the Steering Board: ETP4HPC will participate to the EuroHPC JU as "Private member", with four representatives in the Research and Industry Advisory Group (RIAG). Read further...
The Council Regulation about the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union as Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1488. So now EuroHPC JU really exists as a legal entity. Read further...
Today, the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking came into existence by a decision of the European Competitiveness Council. Equipped with some 1,5 billion euro to support HPC in Europe this constitutes an important milestone in Europe to get an exascale system based on European technology somewhere in 2023. The money comes from the European Union budget, money diverted from the Horizon 2020 Programme, participating countries and industry. The budget for the 2021-2016 timeframe has not yet been fixed, but will most likely also be more than 1 billion euro per annum. Read further...
In the most recent infographic of the European Commission Cyprus, Sweden and Switzerland were still inked in as having signed the EuroHPC declaration. However, taking a look at the 25 countries that are mentioned in the EuroHPC JU regulation as member of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking these three are missing. Cyprus has always been missing in the draft regulation as we noted in May. However, Switzerland was mentioned in the draft until this Summer so it was removed at the very last moment. We assume this is for political reasons - Switzerland is not part of the European Union, but that the country will join in one way or the other at a later moment. Norway, which is also not part of the European Union is, however, founding member of EuroHPC. Read further...
On September 28, 2018, the European Council of Ministers officially backed the European Commission's plans to invest jointly with the Member States in building a world-class European supercomputing infrastructure. Read further...
The Council of the European Union has adopted a regulation aimed at giving a boost to high-performance computing by setting up a new European joint undertaking. This undertaking will oversee the pooling of resources within Europe to develop supercomputers for processing Big Data, which is an essential tool to help tackle the challenges of today's world. Read further...
Denmark has signed the EuroHPC declaration. It is the 22nd country that signed and the 24th country that committed to join the European Exascale EuroHPC JU that will be formally established in a few days. The Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science, Tommy Ahlers signed the declaration earlier today in Copenhagen. Read further...
The Romanian Government has discussed a Memorandum on joining EuroHPC. This means EuroHPC JU is likely to have at least 23 countries when it starts. It is not yet known when the official signature procedure for the EuroHPC declaration by Romania will take place. In a prepreratory meeting headed by the Romanian Minister of Communication and Information Society, Petru Bogdan Cojocaru, it was noted that "Romania's accession to this European initiative is necessary to keep our country in the economic race of an era of informational supercomputer speed. Our country's participation in this initiative demonstrates Romania's seriousness and commitment not only to the European partners and NATO, but also to maintaining the competitiveness aspects - stimulating the local labor force specialized in ICT, providing a framework for high quality research and the development of a strong economy that fully exploits the rapid access to information resulting from the processing of very varied data in very large quantities." Read further...
The Horizon 2020 calls related to HPC will be cancelled from the 2019-2020 workprogramme. The related budget will be transferred to the new EuroHPC JU. This was announced by Thomas Skordas, European Commission director "Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure" in a blog post. In practice, this means that all the Horizon 2020 HPC calls in FET, e-infrastructure and LEIT-ICT will disappear from these work programmes this Autumn. There will be a new work programme for the EuroHPC JU designed with the about 1 billion euro of the H2020 money and matching funds from EuroHPC partner states with an additional 420 million from private partners. Read further...
By the end of this month, the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking will be formally established. EC Director Thomas Skordas writes in his latest blog: "The EuroHPC JU Regulation will now be formally adopted at the Competitiveness Council on 27-28 September and the JU will be created. Its headquarters will be in Luxembourg." EuroHPC is the European exascale programme, intended to prepare the acquisition of several exascale supercomputers with at least one with European technology in 2022/2023. Read further...
Since March 2017 the Primeur Magazine team documents Europe's journey towards exascale with news, the http://eurohpc.eu website and the @EuroHPC twitter account. The twitter acount just crossed the 500 followers mark, showing the interest there is information around EuroHPC and the way the Primeur team at Genias Benelux documents this. We just want to take the opportunity to remind you that you can always contact Genias if you need HPC information, HPC project management or communication, a dedicated HPC portal or consulting around HPC. Read further...
As Primeur Magazine expected two weeks ago, Estionia has joined EuroHPC. Its signature is the 21st under the EuroHPC declaration. However, it is the 22nd country committed to join EuroHPC JU. Latvia committed without a signature under the declaration. Mailis Reps, Estonian Minister of Education and Research, signed the EuroHPC declaration in Tartu, Estonia, in the presence of Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market. With this signature, Estonia marks its intention to join the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking once it is formally adopted by the Council of the European Union in September. Read further...
The Minister of Education and Research, Mailis Reps proposed that Estonia will join EuroHPC. Joining the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking gives Estonia the right to participate fully in the work of the Governing Board of EuroHPC and to vote in administrative decisions. The HPC Steering Board is also the decision-making body to agree on the content of the competitions in the HPC's second pillar, or the research and innovation programme competitions, and more precise terms of participation. It is also one of the motivators of Estonia's accession. Read further...
The European Parliament has voted in favour of the EuroHPC Joint undertaking. This is a major step towards the creation and acquisition of European exascale supercomputers that will rank among the world's top 3 in 2022. Read further...
Today in Strasbourg the European Parliament voted to approve the European Commission's proposal to establish a European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU), a legal and funding entity that will pool EU and national resources to build world-class high performance computing (also known as supercomputing) and data infrastructures in Europe. This result is welcomed by the European Commission. The proposal to establish the EuroHPC JU will be formally adopted by the Council of the European Union in September. Read further...
The innovation services of the European Investment Bank issued a report "Financing the future of supercomputing - How to increase investments in high performance computing in Europe". It provides an overview of how HPC in Europe is financed today and gives recommendations on, for instance, the adaption of financial instruments. The report gives recommendations for four groups considered crucial for the European HPC ecosystem: Independent software vendors (ISVs); HPC centres (service providers); HPC intermediaries; HPC customers (users and potential users). So the European HPC hardware industry is not considered to be crucial, which is notable, as strengthening the European hardware industry is an important goal of the EuroHPC multibillion euro programme that also includes the European Processor Initiative as an important component. Joint acquisition of European exascale systems, another goal of EuroHPC, is discussed. Read further...
No doubt, Europe is lagging behind in supercomputing compared to China and the USA, and perhaps even compared to Japan. But the often cited criterium that there is no supercomputer in the European Union may not be that correct after all. In a presentation at the RISC-V workshop in Barcelona, Barcelona Supercomputer Center (BSC) director Mateo Valero said that "with the money we use in the Mare Nostrum, we could be number 3. But we do not like to be number 3. We like to have hardware that our users can use in an easy way." So the Mare Nostrum could have been at the number 3 position in the TOP500. Read further...
According to Michael Resch, in an interview in the Deutsche Wirtschaftsnachrichte"Supercomputer: Das Rennen um die Zukunft wird in der Software entschieden", German supercomputers should be in the top10 - top15 of the world's largests supercomputers. That none of the three large German supercomputers, in Juelich, Stuttgart and Garching, are, is due to a temporary delay in financing. Read further...
As expected, Sweden, and also Finland, have joined EuroHPC. There are now 20 countries that have signed the EuroHPC declaration and have the intention to contribute and benefit from the EuroHPC JU that intends to acquire jointly pre-exascale and exascale supercomputers for Europe and to develop exascale supercomputer technology. Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, Finnish Minister of Education signed for Finland, and Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Swedish Minister of Higher Education and Research, for Sweden. Read further...
The Austrian Minister of Education, Science and Research Heinz Faßmann signed the EuroHPC Declaration in Vienna today in the presence of Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. Austria is the eighteenth European country to join the European effort to build the next generation of exascale supercomputers. Read further...
The European Commission has proposed a new programme called "Digital Europe" for the next framework period. The total proposed budget for the 2021-2027 timeframe is 9,2 billion euro, of which 2,7 billion is planned for supercomputers (HPC) and 2,5 billion for artificial intelligence (AI). The proposal needs to be adopted by the European Union as part of the next framework programme. The programme is new and an addition to existing programmes, such as the Horizon Europe (which is the successor of Horizon 2020) and the Connecting Europe (CEF) facilities. The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking is expected to draw budget from both Digital Europe and Horizon Europe. Digital Europe focusing on infrastructures and applications for everyone: from SMEs to large research institutes. It is designed to increase European competitiveness in key digital areas. Read further...
Within the coming weeks another 4 countries are expected to sign the EuroHPC declaration. One of them is Latvia. Lithuania signed earlier this month as 17th country. This would bring the total number of EuroHPC countries to 21. Signing the agreement means the country intends to join the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking and contribute to the development and acquisition of a European exascale supercomputer in the 2022/2023 timeframe. Read further...
"Lithuania is interested in joining the European High Performance Computing Initiative (EuroHPC). This will allow our country to use the possibilities for computing the highest-capacity data", stated G. Viliunas, Vice-Minister of Education and Science. Lithuanian science and business will be able to use world-class supercomputers for large-scale calculations in areas such as health, climate change, industry, cyber security, energy, artificial intelligence, and economic forecasts. Read further...
The 1 billion euro for EuroHPC for the years to come until 2020 is a widely circulated number for exascale in Europe. About half of it coming from European money, half of it from participating countries. In addition, there are several hundreds of million contributions from industry. For the years after 2020 until 2016 which is the end of the lifespan of EuroHPC JU, the numbers are not fixed. However, the European Commission now foresees 4 billion euro funding under the next Framework Programme. Read further...
The Competitiveness Council (Research, Innovation and Space) consisting of European Union Ministers of European Affairs, Industry, Research and related areas, made good progress on EuroHPC and on the Europen Open Science Cloud, said Krasimir Valchev, Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria, following the Competitiveness Council meeting on 29 May 2018, in Brussels. EuroHPC JU will be formally established by a EU Council decision later this year. Read further...
As we expected in our announcement last month, Poland has indeed become the 16th member of EuroHPC. This was announced by the European Commission. Read further...
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has given a positive advise about the EuroHPC JU plans. EESC is an advisory group in the European Union that represents a large number of organisations, including employers, trade unionists and representatives of societal, occupational, economic and cultural organisations. The EESC endorses the initiative for a EuroHPC Joint Undertaking as a concrete step in line with the European cloud strategy as well as part of a wider EU strategy. EESC sees the initiative brings clear EU added value with a key technology which will help to tackle the most challenging issues of our modern society and will ultimately be beneficial for well-being, competitiveness and jobs. Read further...
The European Commission has proposed to allocate 193,8 million euro in 2019 and 222,5 million euro in 2020 to the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU). EuroHPC JU should acquire and operate (pre-exascale) supercomputers for European scientists and also develop European HPC technology. In the budget proposal for 2019 funding has been allocated to the EuroHPC JU: a contribution from the EU budget, of 193,8 million euro in 2019 and of 281,1 million euro in 2020, financed from the Horizon 2020 (154,7 million euro in 2019 and 222,5 million euro in 2020) and CEF programmes (39,1 million euro in 2019 and 58,6 million euro in 2020). Read further...
Currently, several European Union organisations are working on the EuroHPC JU proposal to come eventually to European exascale systems. The current working draft "Proposal for a Council Regulation on establishing the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking and Statutes of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking" will be discussed by the Research working party meeting on 7 May, 2018. So, it is a draft and nothing is final yet. But some remarkable changes have been included since previous drafts. One seems to exclude CSCS in Switzerland from ever hosting a EuroHPC system. Currently, CSCS houses the fastest supercomputer in Europe, so from a technical point of view they are certainly capable of operating such as system. Read further...
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

Latvia 21st country to join EuroHPC JU ...

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

Focus on Europe

European Commissioner Gabriel reconfirms intention to make Europe a top 3 supercomputing power in the world ...

EuroHPC Joint Undertaking gets its own Internet presence ...

ETP4HPC takes part in EuroHPC and names its representatives ...

EuroHPC JU Regulation officially published ...

EuroHPC JU established - a milestone on Europe's journey towards exascale ...

Switzerland not part of EuroHPC? ...

Council of the EU backs Commission's plans to invest 1 billion euro in world-class European supercomputers ...

Council chair Austria welcomes Council of the EU's adoption of the EuroHPC JU ...

Denmark 24th country committed to EuroHPC ...

Romania could join EuroHPC as 23rd country ...

Part of Horizon 2020 HPC programme cancelled in favour of EuroHPC ...

EuroHPC Joint Undertaking will be officially established end September ...

EuroHPC twitter account now has over 500 followers ...

Estonia signed the EuroHPC declaration: 21nd country to sign, 22nd country to commit to EuropHPC ...

Estonia to join the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking as 22nd country ...

European parliament votes in favour of EuroHPC JU ...

European Commission welcomes Parliament vote on plans to establish EuroHPC JU ...

Report European Investment Bank: Financing the future of supercomputing - How to increase investments in high performance computing in Europe ...

No supercomputer in the European Union in the top 3 of the world? For BSC that is a choice, says Mateo Valero ...

German supercomputers belong in the world top10 ...

And then there were 20: Finland and Sweden join EuroHPC ...

Austria joins EuroHPC ...

New Digital Europe Programme proposed by the European Commission with 2,7 billion euro for HPC for 2021-2027 timeframe ...

Another 4 countries to sign the EuroHPC declaration, bringing the total to 21 countries ...

Lithuania to join EuroHPC ...

EuroHPC budget for exascale and post-exascale supercomputing up to 5 billion euro ...

European Competitiveness Council made progress on EuroHPC and EOSC ...

Poland officially signed the EuroHPC declaration ...

Another small step for EuroHPC: positive advise from the European Economic and Social Committee ...

European Commission proposes to invest 475 million euro in EuroHPC in the coming 2 years ...

CSCS Switzerland will not host a EuroHPC supercomputer ...

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 ...