Three pre-exascale candidate consortia have indeed submitted proposals: led by CSC, CINECA, and BSC

The pre-exascale hosting entity candidate hosting consortia are now confirmed.
10 Apr 2019 Luxembourg - Three consortia submitted proposals for a total of 650 milllion euro to the call for pre-exascale EuroHPC hosting entities that closed last week. One proposal, led by CSC in Finland has 8 countries as partners, a BSC Spain led consortium has 4 partner countries, and a consortium led by CINECA, Italy, has two countries as partner. The total funding available is 250 million euro. So the total budget that can be funded is 500 million euro. There will be at least two consortia funded. So most likely all three proposals, if they qualify, will get funded, although not all three to the full extent requested.

The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU) will evaluate these proposals in April and May with the help of independent experts. Based on the evaluation results, the Governing Board of the Joint Undertaking will select the successful proposals in its meeting in early June. The results of the call will be announced shortly afterwards.

The EuroHPC JU will acquire the supercomputers in cooperation with the selected hosting entities, and will own them. The acquisition process should start in July this year, with the installation in the selected hosting entities taking place during the second half of 2020.

The share of the EuroHPC JU's access time to each of the new supercomputers will be directly proportional to the financial contribution of the European Union and will not exceed 50% of the total access time for the supercomputer. This access time will be made available to research users from all European Union Member States and Horizon 2020-associated countries via an open competition procedure. So you do not need to be a EuroHPC country to benefit from EuroHPC computers.

Each of the countries participating in a successful hosting entity will be allocated a share of the remaining access time to the supercomputers.

All the new supercomputers will be connected to each other and to the existing supercomputer network of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE). How that will be done is not yet known.
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