The European Commission has launched the High Performance Computing Initiative on March 23, 2017 in Rome, together with Germany, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Portugal. The project brings together three different technologies: exascale High Performance Computing (HPC), Big Data and a Cloud ecosystem.
Supercomputers and supercomputing networks provide an enormous computing power that can deliver tens of thousands of calculations more than ordinary computers. Supercomputers are very useful to test and develop complex algorithms. They can contribute to the generation of new virtual molecules for experimental drugs; the study of global warming and climate models; and the mapping of earthquakes and epidemic outbreaks. In the future supercomputers will also provide support for the analysis of air pollution; the research for renewable sources of energy and the analysis of auto-sensors and built-in cameras for vehicles in order to develop self-driving cars.
Vice-prime minister and minister for the Digital Agenda Alexander De Croo stated with enthousiasm: "Belgium
is happy to join the European Commission's High Performance Computing Initiative together with seven other European countries. This project provides the opportunity to build together the digital infrastructure for the future. Supercomputers will thoroughly change our economy and society. Just consider faster drug development or innovative research in renewable energy. It is important for our country to join the innovative forefront in Europe."
Belgium will appoint two advocates who will participate in the European discussions on the High Performance Computing Initiative. The aim is to establish an intra-Belgian coordination that links both the federal level (DTO and Belspo) and the three regions.
For more information about the EuroHPC initiative, you can consult thePrimeur Livecoverage from this event at http://eurohpc.eu/announcement .