For supercomputing in France, the goals of GENCI envision the convergence of HPC, Big Data and AI, as an important development. New supercomputers should be acquired with scientific performance, energy costs and total costs of ownership as main criteria. GENCI wants to encourage the current three French supercomputer centres to collaborate more closely. Keeping technological sovereignty is deemed of great importance by GENCI.
On a European scale, the Strategic Plan 2019-2023 focuses on EuroHPC or more specific on the exascale systems of EuroHPC. According to GENCI, Europe will not be the first to reach exascale. Actually, it expects China (2020), Japan (2021) and the United States (2021) will beat Europe by at least one year. However, it is very important that Europe has exascale machines of its own. GENCI outlines a plan to bring one of the first two exascale systems in Europe to France. Germany is candidate for the other exascale system.
GENCI will be investing in activities to make this exascale system a reality. This includes preparing a Hosting Consortium and to prepare to apply as Hosting Entity. One of the French supercomputer centres will be selected as "Hosting Site". The Hosting Site is not yet known but will be confirmed soon.
An operational team will be set up to prepare the EuroHPC hosting proposal. GENCI will coordinate with the "Reflection Group" that supports the French delegate in the EuroHPC Governing Board. Scientific applications will be identified that can serve as a reference for preparing the architecture of the exascale system. GENCI will also work on the financial plan for the exascale system, which will cost several hundreds of millions of euro.
GENCI will continue to support the French presence in the European HPC and AI ecosystem and coordination with the French programmes.