EU to set up world-class supercomputers
12 January, 2018
Plans for building a world-class European supercomputers infrastructure, funded jointly by the EU and its member countries, were announced by the Commission on Thursday. Currently, scientists and industry process their data outside the EU because the Union does not have the most performant supercomputers.
The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking will build across Europe a world-class High-Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure and support development of hardware and software for these supermachines. It is expected around €1b of public funding to be invested by 2020 in EuroHPC. The EU will provide around €486m under the current programme period and similar amount will come from Member States.
As Digital Economy and Society Commissioner Mariya Gabriel explained, the aim is to align national, scientific and industrial interests around one single project. First of all, to finance the development of a competitive European HPC technology. She specified that this opens up the paths to new scientific and industrial applications, such as the design of new medicines.
No country, no university, and no company alone could do what we are doing here, Commissioner responsible for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas added.