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EuroHPC - Europe's journey to exascale HPC

On these pages, the team  of Primeur Magazine keeps you up to date on the EuroHPC developments. EuroHPC is a joint collaboration between European countries and the European Union about developing and supporting exascale supercomputing by 2022/2023. The EuroHPC declaration, signed on March 23 2017 signed by 7 countries marked the beginning of EuroHPC and of this portal.

In September 2020, the European Commission proposed a plan for the second phase of EuroHPC

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Anders Dam Jensen director of EuroHPC JU

Luxembourg, 2020-09-24 - The EuroHPC JU Governing Board has appointed Anders Dam Jensen as Executive Director of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking. The EuroHPC JU is now solely responsible for its operations and has the capacity to implement its own budget. Before it was operated by the European Commission. Read further...

 

8 billion euro funding for EuroHPC Phase 2 explained

Almere, 2020-09-21 - From its virtual 4m below sealevel studio in AlmerePrimeur Magazinereported about the new EuroHPC regulation, announced by the European Commission. The EuroHPC second phase will be funded with 8 billion euro. Ursula von der Leyen, Margrethe Vestager and Thierry Breton explained how the money will cover and support the planning. Read further...

Satoshi Matsuoka to explain Fugaku's co-design features at the SPCL seminar

Almere, 2020-09-21 - From its virtual 4m below sealevel studioPrimeur Magazinereported about the online SPCL seminar organized by ETH Zurich. In June 2020 the Fugaku supercomputer took the nr. 1 spot in every list of fastest supercomputers in the world. Since then Satoshi Matsuoka, director of the R-CCS Lab where the Fugaku system is located, is virtually touring the world and explaining the system, its applications and how it helps battling COVID-19. From his home office, he is giving presentations in a host of conferences and workshops. One such workshop at the ETH Zurich is organized by the SPCL Laboratory and took place on September 10, 2020. Read further...

EuroHPC to continue with increased budget of 8 billion euro

Brussels, 2020-09-18 - The European Commission has proposed a new Regulation for the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) to maintain and advance Europe's role in supercomputing and quantum computing. It will support research and innovation activities for new supercomputing technologies, systems and products, as well as foster the necessary skills to use the infrastructure and form the basis for a world-class ecosystem in Europe. The proposal would enable an investment of 8 billion euro in the next generation of supercomputers - a substantially larger budget compared to the current one of about 1,5 billion euro. Read further...

Some RISC-V high performance implementations presented at RISC-V Global Forum by European Processor Initiative, NSITEXE, OpenBLAS, and SemiDynamics

Almere, 2020-09-14 - From its virtual 4m below sealevel studioPrimeur Magazinereported from the RISC-V Global Forum that went online on September 3, 2020. The focus in this video is on the relationship between RISC-V and high performance computing. Firstly, the European Processor Initiative (EPI) is highlighted. Secondly comes BLAS, a basic algorithm underlying a lot of software in high performance computing. Thirdly, SemiDynamics is addressed. This Barcelona-based company, also involved in European processor activities, came out of stealth mode during the RISC-V Global Forum. Read further...

From artificial intelligence to nanomaterials and astrophysics - Seven Irish research projects to benefit from EuroHPC Academic Flagship Programme

Dublin, 2020-09-11 - The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), Ireland's High-Performance Computing authority announced on September 11, the details of seven academic projects which will be supported by its new Academic Flagship Programme. This two year programme aims to increase Irish competitiveness in the European supercomputing landscape. The seven successful projects were selected from a competitive call which received 13 proposals from researchers distributed across 17 universities/institutes across Ireland, UK, Spain, France, Germany, Denmark, Japan and the USA. The Academic Flagship Programme will operate under the EuroHPC Competency Centre for Ireland which ICHEC recently launched. It is one of 33 similar centres across Europe which form the ambitious EuroHPC programme. Read further...

 

EuroHPC JU funded SparCity project to deliver coherent collection of innovative algorithms and tools for sparse computations on emerging hardware platforms

Almere, 2020-09-07 - Didem Unat is the project coordinator of a newly awarded project called SparCity, an optimization and co-design framework for sparse computation. Didem Unat works as a faculty member at the Koç University located in Istanbul, Turkey. Prior to joining Koç University, Didem Unat was a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and highly involved in exascale co-design projects. Her research area includes programming environments, runtime systems, compilers, libraries for scientific and industrial applications. Her academic university group is involved in developing system software, programme modelling and prediction tools. In addition, they perform application parallelisation and optimisation. Koç University is a small but very well known research university in Turkey, specialized in logic programming. Koç manages the highest number of projects of all universities in Turkey for Horizon 2020.Primeur Magazineinvited Didem Unat in its virtual 4m below sealevel studio in downtown Almere to talk about SparCity. Read further...

 

HLRS managing director Bastian Koller explains three new EuroHPC projects to support HPC-related collaboration at national and European level

Almere, 2020-08-17 - Bastian Koller from the High-Performance Computing Center in Stuttgart (HLRS), Germany, is managing three new EuroHPC projects, namely EuroCC, CASTIEL, and Fortissimo for EuroHPC.Primeur Magazineinvited him in its 4m below sealevel virtual studio to explain what the three projects are about. Read further...

How Europe is preparing its core solution for exascale machines and a global, sovereign, advanced computing platform

Paris, 2020-08-14 - EPI Consortium members published a paper titled "How Europe Is Preparing Its Core Solution for Exascale Machines and a Global, Sovereign, Advanced Computing Platform" inMathematical and Computational Applications2020, 25, 46. Read further...

EPCC led EIDF will train 100.000 citizens over the next decade to take part in the Edinburgh International Data Facility powered by HPE

Almere, 2020-08-07 - From its virtual 4m below sealevel studio in AlmerePrimeur Magazinecaught up with Mark Parsons, Director of the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC), to look into the recently announced selection of HPE by EPCC to power the Edinburgh International Data Facility (EIDF), Europe's first regional data innovation centre. Read further...

HPC markets show temporary negative COVID-19 ripple effect but will be back on track after crisis fades, says Intersect360 Research analyst Addison Snell

Almere, 2020-08-06 - In its 4 meter below sea level virtual studio in AlmerePrimeur Magazinehad the pleasure to receive Addison Snell, CEO of Intersect360 Research, who highlighted the results that he was able to collect in his four recent reports on the worldwide HPC 2019 market model and 2020/2024 forecast. Read further...

Budget cut for Digital Europe could seriously temper EuroHPC ambitions to bring Europe back on the forefront of supercomputing

Brussels, 2020-07-22 - The European member state leaders have put severe cuts on the proposed budget for research and development in the coming 2021-2027 timeframe. The main research programme Horizon Europe is only to get 80,9 billion euro instead of the 94,4 billion euro proposed by the European Commission. Research into supercomputing is to be funded from Horizon Europe. Read further...

Alexandre Bonvin - HADDOCK enables Life Science researchers to do complex simulations for COVID-19

Almere, 2020-07-20 - We welcomed Alexandre Bonvin in our virtual Not-From-Frankfurt studio where he explained how ClusterVision clusters are at the heart of HADDOCK, a platform that enables researchers in Life Sciences to do complex simulations. During the past months there was a considerable increase in use of HADDOCK due to the COVID-19 crisis. Read further...

Several Italian Researh organisations, including INFN, and INAF, have formed a Joint Research Unit (JRU) "HPC4NDR - High Performance Computing for Natural Disaster Resilience"

Almere, 2020-07-20 - The Joint Research Unit (JRU) "HPC4NDR - High Performance Computing for Natural Disaster Resilience" is aimed at coordinating research and development activities in high performance computing with the aim the reduction of risks associated with natural disasters. Read further...

Closing date Tender EuroHPC Petascale supercomputer in Sofia again extended

Brussels, 2020-07-16 - The closing date for the EuroHPC petascale supercomputer in Sofia has again been extended. Originally, the tender closing date was in June, then it was extended to July, and now moved even more forward to August 20. Read further...

HLRS-led European project will expand use of HPC among SME's

Stuttgart, 2020-07-09 - The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking was organized in 2018 to accelerate the development of a shared European infrastructure and knowledge base in high-performance computing (HPC). One important dimension of this effort has been to promote access to and usage of high-performance computing in industry, particularly within the vast landscape of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME's) that form an essential component of Europe's economy. Read further...

Hybrid usage of HPC and quantum computers to be key for successful development of quantum computing applications

Almere, 2020-07-13 - Kristel Michielsen, who is leading the research group Quantum Information Processing at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, addressed the topic of quantum classical hybrid computing models in modular HPC systems at ISC 2020 Digital. Quantum computing is a new disruptive computer technology. There is a diverse user group in science and industry with various hard computational challenges to unravel complex systems. The general belief is that quantum computing can help to solve these hard problems. In quantum computing, one has three potential classes of problems that can be solved by quantum computing. The first class comprises quantum simulations. One can think for example about quantum chemistry problems. A second class of potential applications are optimization problems, for example, the optimization of traffic flow or the optimization in drug design. As optimization is a first step in machine learning, quantum machine learning is a third class of potential applications in quantum computing. Read further...

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

Sofia, 2020-07-02 - 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. Read further...

Primeur Live from ISC 2020 - Thursday 2020-06-25

Almere, 2020-06-26 - Primeur Live from ISC 2020 - Monday 2020-06-25 with "Erich Strohmaier is leaving Berkeley, but not the TOP500" and "Asian countries to present their supercomputing portfolio at ISC 2020 Digital" Read further...

Iceland joined the LUMI consortium

Kajaani, 2020-06-25 - The LUMI Strategic Committee has approved Iceland as the tenth member country of the LUMI consortium. The decision was made in LUMI Strategic Committee's meeting on 27 May 2020. Read further...

 

Benchmarking Fugaku and Summit: a revealing process

Almere, 2020-06-22 - Primeur Magazineinvited Jack Dongarra from the University of Tennessee in its virtual studio to talk about the new and already 55th edition of the TOP500 that was released at ISC Digital 2020 on June 22, 2020. Jack Dongarra primarily focused on the benchmarks that have been run on the new number one machine amd compared them with the results on the number two machine. Read further...

Top10 in new TOP500 list completely reshuffled

Almere, 2020-06-22 - ThePrimeur Magazineteam discussed the new edition of the TOP500 list in its virtual studio and especially the Top10 which has been shaken up with the entrance of four new systems, and in particular a new number one machine. Read further...

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

Sofia, 2020-07-02 - 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. Read further...

Primeur Live from ISC 2020 - Thursday 2020-06-25

Almere, 2020-06-26 - Primeur Live from ISC 2020 - Monday 2020-06-25 with "Erich Strohmaier is leaving Berkeley, but not the TOP500" and "Asian countries to present their supercomputing portfolio at ISC 2020 Digital" Read further...