Swedish Research Council opens web page with info about participation in EuroHPC


25 Feb 2019 Stockholm - Sweden officially joined EuroHPC on February 5th. It is represented in EuroHPC by the Vetenskapsrådet - the Swedish Research Council. The Vetenskapsrådet has opened an info web page for those in Sweden who want to have more info about EuroHPC. According to the Vetenskapsrådet, EuroHPC membership gives researchers in Sweden access to and influence in the large-scale calculation infrastructures to be built. Researchers in Sweden will also be able to participate in the calls and receive funding from the Swedish Research Council.

In the 5 February announcement of the Swedisch entrance into EuroHPC, Matilda Ernkrans, Swedish Minister for Education and Research, said: "I am pleased to confirm that Sweden now will join the European initiative for supercomputers, the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking. This research infrastructure is of strategic importance for Europe and will help keep Swedish and European scientists competitive in a world where data and computing is ever more central. The research performed will pave the way for new discoveries and help us to tackle societal challenges. For instance, supercomputing is an essential tool for more accurate climate model predictions and discovering new pharmaceuticals. Swedish scientists and industry are ready to contribute with research capacity, skills and resources."

Sven Stafström, Director General of the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), added: "The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking is an important initiative in Europe and for Swedish research. Building this type of large scale computing facilities is best done together with other European countries and access to the research infrastructures are key for excellent research. Swedish researchers are already very engaged and competitive in this area. Therefore, it is important for the Swedish Research Council to take an active role in EuroHPC JU."

The Swedish Research Council will be responsible for fulfilling Sweden's obligations as a member of the EuroHPC JU.

Sweden is partner in the consortium led by Finland that wants to bid for becoming a hosting entity for a pre-exascale EuroHPC supercomputer.

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