28 Sep 2018 Brussels - Today, the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking came into existence by a decision of the European Competitiveness Council. Equipped with some 1,5 billion euro to support HPC in Europe this constitutes an important milestone in Europe to get an exascale system based on European technology somewhere in 2023. The money comes from the European Union budget, money diverted from the Horizon 2020 Programme, participating countries and industry. The budget for the 2021-2016 timeframe has not yet been fixed, but will most likely also be more than 1 billion euro per annum.
The kick-off for the EuroHPC Joint initiative was at the Digital Day in Rome on March 23, 2017. Since then Primeur Magazine is keeping you up to date on the EuroHPC developments in a special file at http://eurohpc.eu and on the twitter account @EuroHPC.
By the end of 2017 it was decided that EuroHPC would take the form of a Joint Undertaking. A Joint Undertaking is a legal entity form established at European level by the European Council. Meanwhile 25 countries have committed to join the EuroHPC JU. The advantage of a Joint Undertaking is that it can combine research and industry components.
The countries participating in EuroHPC from the start are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.
EuroHPC is not just about reaching exascale with European technology. An important goal is also to provide exascale supercomputing as soon as possible to a wide research community in Europe. That will also include an exascale system not based on European technology.
Creating a Europe wide HPC community within Europe is another important goal of EuroHPC. To this end also smaller, petascale, and pre-exascale systems in research supercomputing centres across Europe will be co-funded.
European HPC technology seems to concentrate mostly on processor technology. The European Processor Initiative is set up to work on that.
HPC competence centres are a way to involve industries and research that are using HPC as an enabling technology. They should support HPC users from the small to the large, and interact with the few centres that will have exascale supercomputers.
In the coming months we will see the first steps of EuroHPC JU and how it will impact and reshape the EuroHPC landscape.
Primeur Magazine will be there to report and keep you informed at