What has EuroHPC in store for 2019?

7 Jan 2019 Almere - In 2017 the ideas for EuroHPC became concrete with the EuroHPC declaration and the plans to form a EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU). Most of 2018 was spent to set up the legal framework for EuroHPC JU, secure political support and start the establishment of the EuroHPC structure. So what can we expect in 2019 for EuroHPC?

Project calls

First, all HPC related calls in Horizon 2020 were cancelled. The budget was transferred to EuroHPC JU. So now the community is eagerly awaiting the new calls. Probably it will take another three months, so we can expect official texts and calls in March 2019. What will be in there:

  1. The EPI (European Processor Initiative) Phase 2. In H2020 40 million euro was allocated so we can expect a budget of around 80 million euro. In this phase the first European HPC Systems on Chip and accelerators will be developed. Focus is on exascale supercomputing and automotive computing for autonomous driving. As a third phase EPI towards exascale is planned. This was on the wish list of Atos CEO Thierry Breton, as he expressed at the EuroHPC conference in Bulgaria last April. The third phase will include co-design and integration of EPI in high-performance platforms towards European exascale supercomputers. This will most likely also incude elements from the canceled call with topic ICT-14-2020: Co-designing Extreme Scale Demonstrators (EsD)
  2. "Extreme scale technologies" will be another call topic. This will probably be very similar to the cancelled FETHPC-02-2019 topic: Extreme scale computing technologies, methods and algorithms for key applications and support to the HPC ecosystem. Specific challenge for this topic was to develop world-class extreme scale, power-efficient and highly resilient High Performance Computing and data technologies, and to provide support for a sustainable exascale HPC ecosystem in Europe, enabling collaborations among the relevant stakeholders.
  3. Building HPC Competence Centres of Excellence will be another topic. This will probably be geared more towards national centres for HPC
  4. Support for SMEs will also be called for.

There is also a wish list that is looked at. This includes federating supercomputing resources and HPC applications.

It is good to notice that actually within EuroHPC JU, the European Union funding will cover only half of the costs of a project. The other 50% must be paid by the country in which a project partner is located.

Pre-exascale and petascale supercomputers

The process to acquire two pre-exascale supercomputers will start in 2019 with the selection of the hosting entities. Two candidates we already know for some time are CINECA in Italy and BSC in Spain. CSC in Finland joined as third candidate. Once the hosting entity/consortium is known, a call for tenders will be launched for the actual machine. The tenders are expecting to close in 2020, with acceptance and operation starting in 2021.

The EuroHPC JU will also support the acquisition of a few petascale systems. The acquisition process for this will be done also in cooperation with countries that will host such a supercomputer. Luxembourg is one of the countries already expressing interest in such a petascale supercomputer.
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