Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2019-03-25

Focus on Europe

ETP4HPC published a short report about the ETP4HPC General Assembly in Sassenheim, the Netherlands, last week. ETP4HPC is one of the private members of EuroHPC. Hence, this was one of the main discussion items. Read further...
It seemed like a daring undertaking from the Finnish: compete against the European "supercomputer powers", Spain and Italy to bid for a hosting entity for a pre-exascale EuroHPC supercomputer. Sure, you get 120 million euro from the general EuroHPC budget paid by the European Union, but you would need to put 120 million euro of your own money on the table too. The Finnish took that challenge, by trying to put a consortium together of a large number of countries, clearly led by Finland, but not completely dominated by them. They also offered a CSC computing site up north as a suitable cold place to locate the future pre-exascale supercomputer: with a lower energy impact than is possible in the south of Europe. With less than two weeks to go, it seems like the Finnish did indeed succeed in securing enough financial support from other countries to submit a proposal. Read further...
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center has confirmed it is on schedule to submit a proposal on behalf of a Spanish/Portuguese consortium to become a hosting entity for a pre-exascale EuroHPC supercomputer. If successful, the supercomputer would be named MareNostrum 5. It will only partially fit into the Torre Girona chapel in Barcelona that houses the current MareNostrum 4 supercomputer. Read further...
CERN welcomes Serbia as its 23rd Member State, following receipt of formal notification from UNESCO that Serbia has acceded to the CERN Convention. As a CERN Member State, Serbia will have voting rights in the Council, CERN's highest decision-making authority, and will contribute to the Organization's budget. Read further...