11 Jan 2018 Brussels - 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.
The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU) is a legal and funding entity which will enable pooling of the Union's and national resources on High-Performance Computer (HPC) with the aim of:
The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking builds on the declaration launched in Rome in March 2017 and signed by several European countries that are committed to upgrading European computing power.
Currently, the computing and data needs of European scientists and industry are not matching the computation time available in the EU. Moreover, the EU does not have the most powerful machines that some of their applications require.
Therefore the European HPC users are increasingly processing their data outside the EU. This situation may create problems related to:
None of the EU supercomputers are currently in the global top 10 and the existing ones depend on non-European technology. This brings an increasing risk for the Union of being deprived of strategic or technological know-how for innovation and competitiveness.
The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking will enable Member States to coordinate together with the Union their supercomputing strategies and investments.
One needs to ensure the development in Europe of a whole exascale supercomputing capability covering the whole value chain - from technology components to systems and machines, and to applications and skills - and coordination and pooling. This action will avoid long term negative effects, both on the digital economy but also for Europe's data sovereignty and scientific and industrial leadership.
The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking will develop a clear strategy for innovation procurement of exascale machines based on competitive European technologies. By developing the prospect of creating a lead market for exascale technology in Europe, the EuroHPC JU will help the European suppliers to take the risk to develop such machines on their own.
The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking will be composed of public and private members:
Other countries can join the Joint Undertaking at any moment, provided they contribute financially to its objectives.
The governance structure of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking will be composed of the following entities:
The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking is foreseen to start operating in 2019 and will remain operational until the end of 2026.
Its budget will consist of 486 million euro from the present budgetary framework of the Union, and more specifically in both Horizon 2020 and Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programmes. The budget will be matched by a similar amount from the participating countries. The private entities should also provide in-kind contributions. The Joint Undertaking will provide financial support in the form of procurement or research and innovation grants to participants following open and competitive calls.