Estonia to join the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking as 22nd country

Tallinn, capital of Estonia.10 Aug 2018 Tallinn - The Minister of Education and Research, Mailis Reps proposed that Estonia will join EuroHPC. Joining the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking gives Estonia the right to participate fully in the work of the Governing Board of EuroHPC and to vote in administrative decisions. The HPC Steering Board is also the decision-making body to agree on the content of the competitions in the HPC's second pillar, or the research and innovation programme competitions, and more precise terms of participation. It is also one of the motivators of Estonia's accession.

Mailis Reps writes in her proposal that HPC is used for extremely large, complex and fast computations that can not be performed by conventional computers. HPC applications include modelling and simulation, complex data analysis and visualization, which are used in many scientific, engineering, industrial, commercial and public sector applications. For example, in personal and precision medicine, prediction / prevention of natural disasters, industry and entrepreneurship, and national security and defense.

EuroHPC can be joined without any financial or in-kind contributions upfront, and does not automatically entail direct financial obligations for the country. However, EuroHPC countries have an obligation to contribute to the management of the Joint Undertaking, but only if the State actually participates in the first or second pillar projects of the Joint Undertaking. In this case, the administrative burden of a joint venture falling on the State will be proportional to the actual operating expenditure of the Member State in the context of a specific project.

The Minister of Education and Research, Mailis Reps, proposes to the government to approve Estonia joining the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking and to authorize the Minister for Education and Research to sign the EuroHPC Declaration.

Ad Emmen