Greece joins EuroHPC, signs the European declaration on high-performance computing

10 Nov 2017 Athens - Greece is the 12th country to sign the European declaration on high-performance computing (HPC). With this signature, Greece agreed to join the European effort to build the next generation of computing and data infrastructures.

The EuroHPC declaration has been signed on November 10, 2017 in Athens by Costas Fotakis, Alternate Minister for Education, Research and Religious Affairs.

Vice-President Ansip, responsible for the Digital Single Market, and Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society welcome this important step for EuroHPC: "We are very pleased that Greece is now part of this ambitious European project. By joining forces, we can lead in both the production and use of HPC technology in Europe and open the way to new innovative applications to benefit people, such as designing and simulating new medical treatments."

Costas Fotakis, Alternate Minister for Education, Research and Religious Affairs, added: "Computers are, nowadays, a basic tool for a vast variety of applications of societal, scientific and technological interest; the more demanding a task is, the higher computing performance it requires. Greece enthusiastically joins the European Commission and the 11 countries that have signed the declaration of the HPC initiative to develop innovative European high-performance and low-energy-consumption processors and exascale systems for the benefit of society. Greece is proud to possess highly-skilled human resources, fully ready to contribute to this initiative both in terms of technology development and operation of HPC infrastructures in order to serve the needs of the scientific community that increasingly needs access to HPC facilities. We look forward to the benefits stemming from HPC for the development of a Knowledge based Economy, capable of facing present and future challenges in the country."

The EuroHPC declaration was launched during the Digital Day in March 2017 and signed by France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. Four other countries have since joined this bold European initiative: Belgium in June, Slovenia in July, Bulgaria and Switzerland in October.

The EuroHPC agreement aims at acquiring and deploying an integrated world-class HPC infrastructure, available across the EU. It will upraise Europe's scientific capabilities and industrial competitiveness by supporting a wide range of users: scientific communities, large industry and SMEs, as well as the public sector, no matter where the computers are located.

The signatory countries agreed on working together to establish a world-class HPC ecosystem by acquiring and operating world-class high-performance computers and also by building the key technology blocks - low power processor up to systems architecture, software tools and applications - in Europe. The aim is to have EU exascale supercomputers in the global top three by 2022-2023.

Source: European Commission