Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, responded to Turkey's decision: "The fact that Turkey has become part of the Joint Undertaking underlines the international significance of our supercomputing plans. They will bring together researchers across national borders, and enable Europe to become a global leader in supercomputing."
Fatih Kacir, Turkey's Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology, said: "Supercomputing is a key element of scientific and industrial innovation. It is clear that global economies investing in supercomputers are the economies that will gain the greatest competitive advantage and provide the greatest economic benefit over time. Turkey has been investing into high performance computing for over 15 years with the Turkish Science e-Infrastructure (TRUBA) but like all countries, Turkey needs to invest more considering the fact that many of Turkey's 200,000 national researchers will need high performance computational facilities in the near future. For that reason, I am very excited for ambitious plans of EuroHPC to build a world-class European supercomputing infrastructure and being part of this initiative. I am confident that cutting-edge research will be powered by providing Turkish researchers in science and industry with access to EuroHPC. This initiative will put all members at a leading position in HPC technologies."
Turkey's TUBITAK ULAKBIM High Performance and Grid Computing Center is a national centre providing high performance computing and data storage for all research institutions and researchers in Turkey for the last 15 years. This centre is known as the Turkish National e-Science e-Infrastructure (TRUBA). TUBITAK ULAKBIM has over 2200 researchers from 120 different universities using its HPC resources. It has participated in 13 different EU Framework projects and has been a long-time member of EGI and GEANT.