25 May 2018 Brussels - The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has given a positive advise about the EuroHPC JU plans. EESC is an advisory group in the European Union that represents a large number of organisations, including employers, trade unionists and representatives of societal, occupational, economic and cultural organisations. The EESC endorses the initiative for a EuroHPC Joint Undertaking as a concrete step in line with the European cloud strategy as well as part of a wider EU strategy. EESC sees the initiative brings clear EU added value with a key technology which will help to tackle the most challenging issues of our modern society and will ultimately be beneficial for well-being, competitiveness and jobs.
The EESC considers the starting investment of 1 billion euro for the acquisition and operation of world-class supercomputing machines as significant but not too ambitious compared to its competitors: the USA and China. However, the EESC is convinced that a substantial increase in the investments in EU Member States combined with a strong European research and innovation programme will be necessary to maintain a world class level in HPC applications. As the race will continue, EESC does not doubt that similar efforts will be necessary for the next MFF in line with the global competitors' ones.
The EESC also endorses the industrial approach for developing the next generation of low-power microchips in Europe. This would make the European Union less dependent on imports and secure access to top HPC technology. The EESC points out that the development of such microchips also has an impact on small-scale computing because the high-end integrated circuits can be adapted (downscaling) to appliances in the mass market (PCs, smartphones, automotive sector).