And then there were 20: Finland and Sweden join EuroHPC

14 Jun 2018 Helsinki, Stockholm - As expected, Sweden, and also Finland, have joined EuroHPC. There are now 20 countries that have signed the EuroHPC declaration and have the intention to contribute and benefit from the EuroHPC JU that intends to acquire jointly pre-exascale and exascale supercomputers for Europe and to develop exascale supercomputer technology. Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, Finnish Minister of Education signed for Finland, and Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Swedish Minister of Higher Education and Research, for Sweden.

Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, Finnish Minister of Education said:

"The increasing volume of data and new computational methods create new opportunities in science, technology and innovation, but requires up-to-date infrastructure and services. In Finland, we are currently updating our data and high performance computing infrastructure and developing our capabilities in artificial intelligence. Signing the declaration enables us to combine national, Nordic and European efforts for the benefit of the larger research community. I am happy to sign the declaration on the same day as Sweden and looking forward to our contribution to this important European effort on high performance computing."

Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Swedish Minister of Higher Education and Research said:

"The EuroHPC initiative is important. Sweden has prominent researchers within HPC, mainly in developing algorithms and software. We believe in the co-development of artificial intelligence and HPC, and want to contribute to the EuroHPC-initiative. Signing the declaration demonstrates our ambition of strengthening the European collaboration in High Performance Computing. Today, Finland is also signing the declaration. We are well coordinated and look forward to providing Nordic strength also in the EuroHPC project."

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