EuroHPC expands: Belgium joins the European exascale initiative by signing EuroHPC declaration

11 Jun 2017 Luxembourg - Belgium is the 8th EU country to sign the European declaration on high-performance computing. Belgium will participate in EuroHPC in the joint efforts to build the next generation of computing and data infrastructures. Belgium Minister Alexander De Croo signed the EuoHPC declaration on June 9th in Luxembourg.

Alexander De Croo, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecommunications and Postal Services, commented: "Belgium is very happy to join the European Commission and the seven other member states in the High Performance Computing initiative. This project is a unique opportunity to build together a pan-European world-class digital infrastructure for the future. Supercomputers will change our economy and our society. Think of the development of new drugs or innovation in the field of renewable energy solutions. It is important that Belgium joins Europe's innovation frontrunners."

Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, warmly welcomed Belgium's participation: "I am pleased that Belgium is now part of this ambitious project. Supercomputers have countless applications with a direct benefit on people's lives. But EU countries cannot build and maintain this infrastructure on their own. This is why we have to join forces, and I invite more EU countries to get involved."

The EuroHPC declaration was originally launched and signed in Rome in March 2017 by France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. See our Live coverage form this event: http://eurohpc.eu/announcement .

Member States who have signed the declaration, in coordination with the European Commission, are now preparing an implementation roadmap to deploy the European exascale supercomputing infrastructure by the end of 2017.

Other Member States are invited to join the effort.

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