Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2018-09-28

Focus on Europe

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...
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...
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...