Symbolic first sod of Bulgarian EuroHPC supercomputer building at Sofia Tech Park

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov attended the first sod of the building, which will house the most powerful supercomputer in Sofia Tech Park. The value of the project is over 14 million euro, provided by Brussels and the national budget.
2 Jul 2020 Sofia - The positioning of a supercomputer in Sofia is good not only for the image of Bulgaria, but will also support the development of the economy, attracting foreign investors in the field of high technology. "With the construction of the supercomputer we will establish ourselves as a digital hub in the region." This was stated by the Minister of Economy Emil Karanikolov at an official ceremony in Sofia Tech Park, where a symbolic first sod of the building of the Bulgarian supercomputer, which will be part of the European network EuroHPC, was made. The project for the high-performance machine is implemented by the consortium "Petascale Supercomputer - Bulgaria" with as leading partner "Sofia Tech Park" AD.

The event was attended by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Maria Gabriel, Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova, President Rosen Plevneliev (2012-2017), representatives of the partner organisations in the Petascale Supercomputer - Bulgaria consortium and of the IT sector.

Minister Karanikolov pointed out that the construction of the supercomputer in Sofia Tech Park, a place where science and business partner extremely successfully, brings the country forward in the field of innovation.

The supercomputer will be one of 5 petascale supercomputers aimed at upgrading Europe's computing power. The candidacy of the Bulgarian consortium was approved according to the procedure of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, in which 8 locations were selected, on whose territory supercomputers will be built: 3 pre-exascale and 5 petasacale supercomputers. The main goal of the supercomputer is to increase the competitiveness of the Bulgarian economy, to accelerate the development of research and innovation activities, based on modern methods for modelling and simulating real life processes.

The capacity of the machine can be used in many application areas of a large number of public and private users, including small and medium enterprises at Bulgarian, regional and European level. Bulgaria's presence in the European network of supercomputers will accelerate the production of results in the analysis of medical data for cellular and molecular diagnostics, which will help select the appropriate treatment at the cellular level of serious diseases. The system will be optimized for work in many scientific fields, including bioinformatics, pharmacy, molecular dynamics and mechanics, quantum chemistry and biochemistry, artificial intelligence, micro-electronics and others.
Source: Bulgarian Government