The "Extreme Scale Technologies and Applications" action line will support a sustainable exascale HPC ecosystem in Europe. This requires action on the technology supply to develop extreme scale, power-efficient and highly resilient HPC and data technologies. It requires also actions to adapt and scale up applications with tangible benefits for addressing scientific, industrial or societal challenges for upcoming exascale and extreme performance computing capabilities. The action line calls for two specific actions are the following:
Budget available: 90 million euro
Call Open: Q1 (or Q3)
The goal of the action "Widening HPC skills and use" is to increase the use of HPC and attracting new talents. According to the EuroHPC JU, this requires the creation and coordination of national HPC Competence Centres across the Union. They will engage in training and outreach activities for academic, industrial and public sector users. Especially SMEs need better access to HPC tools and services to increase their innovation capability.
Specific activities planned are:
Budget available: 26.076.223 million euro
Call Open : Q1
The European Processor Initiative (EPI) develops and implements the roadmap for European HPC chips and accelerators facilitating the development of exascale machines. A Framework Partnership Agreement between the European Commission and the EPI consortium has already been established. This agreement supports with a stable financial and contractual framework the long-term development of such technologies. The EPI Phase 1 is funded by the Horizon 2020 work programme 2018-2019 with 80 million euro.
The further development of EPI will be financed by the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking and proceed along the following lines:
Please note that most likely the EPI call will only be open to the consortium that signed the partnership agreement.
Budget available: 40 million euro
Call Open: Q3
The first calls that open shortly will contain more details on participation. One new (compared to Horizon 2020) item will be the co-financing. Each EuroHPC country will in that call indicate the budget that is available for co-financing. The budget mentioned above covers only 50% of the total project costs.
Each country will indicate whether it will contribute to projects funded under that call, and how much budget it has available. Be aware that to get the co-financing each country can - and most likely will - have a specific procedure in place.
2019-02-22 update: Although the programme is publicly available, it is still provisional. The exact details and schedule will be decided in the coming months. There are indications the March call may be delayed to June.
2019-02-27 update: There are indications that even June may be difficult.
More details can be found at the EuroHPC JU website. For in-depth coverage please visit our independent portal: