6 Jun 2018 Brussels - The European Commission has proposed a new programme called "Digital Europe" for the next framework period. The total proposed budget for the 2021-2027 timeframe is 9,2 billion euro, of which 2,7 billion is planned for supercomputers (HPC) and 2,5 billion for artificial intelligence (AI). The proposal needs to be adopted by the European Union as part of the next framework programme. The programme is new and an addition to existing programmes, such as the Horizon Europe (which is the successor of Horizon 2020) and the Connecting Europe (CEF) facilities. The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking is expected to draw budget from both Digital Europe and Horizon Europe. Digital Europe focusing on infrastructures and applications for everyone: from SMEs to large research institutes. It is designed to increase European competitiveness in key digital areas.
For High-Performance Computing (HPC), Digital Europe shall implement the European strategy on HPC by supporting a full EU ecosystem that provides the necessary HPC and data capabilities for Europe to be able to compete globally. The strategy aims to deploy a world-class HPC and data infrastructure with exascale capabilities by 2022/2023, and post-exascale facilities by 2026/27. This should be based on European technology, so that the European Union can develop its own independent and competitive HPC technology supply and can achieve excellence in HPC applications. Usage of HPC should be broadened and the technology should be made available to a much broader usage base, including SMEs.
The initial activities will include:
For HPC the following performance indicators are identified:
The Commission sees that for High-Performance Computing, the continuation of the EuroHPC joint undertaking which is currently under discussion with the Council seems to be the most effective and efficient instrument to implement the objectives of the EuroHPC initiative. In particular EuroHPC JU seems the best way to coordinate national and European Union strategies and investments in HPC infrastructure and Research and Development, pooling resources from public and private funds, and safeguarding the economic and strategic interests of the European Union. The Commission expects the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking to draw budget from both Digital Europe and Horizon Europe.