Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society said:
"I am very pleased to welcome Bulgaria in this bold European initiative. High-performance computing is pervasive in our daily lives: from personalised medicine to weather forecast, cybersecurity and to cars and planes simulation and design. Access to HPC resources is essential for public and private users. As no Member State has the capacity to develop such computing power quickly and on their own, strong cooperation and support at European level is a must."
Krasimir Valchev, Minister of Education and Science, added:
"According to the Bulgarian National Strategy for Research Development 2017-2030, Bulgaria should in a short term modernize its research system to ensure that the needs of the Bulgarian scientific community, the Bulgarian industry and the Bulgarian citizens are met. By signing this Declaration, Bulgaria joins the club of the Member States engaged in digitizing Europe with the help of high-performance computing power. This is a step in the right direction for our country, which will help us to further develop our research, innovation and industrial potential."
The European Commission, together with countries who have signed the declaration are preparing, by the end of 2017, a roadmap with implementation milestones to deploy the European exascale supercomputing infrastructure.