Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2018-03-23

Focus on Europe

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...
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...
It is exactly one year ago 7 countries signed the initial EuroHPC declaration in Rome. The intention was to collaborate to jointly acquire exascale supercomputers for Europe, and to build one of these with European technology. By the end of 2017, it was proposed that EuroHPC should take the legal form of a Joint Undertaking. In January 2018 it was decided that the seat of this Joint Undertaking will be in Luxembourg. Meanwhile, 15 countries have joined the EuroHPC initiative. At least half a dozen are seriuously considering joining EuroHPC. Read further...