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.  

On September 28, 2018  The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU) was formally established by the European Council. This marks an important milestone in Europe's exascale journey.

On November 6, 2018 the first meeting of the Governance Board was held in Luxembourg.

On January 21st, 2019, EuroHPC JU published its first call: hosting entities for  pre-exascale supercomputers. See our introduction: "So you want to host a 250 million euro European pre-exascale supercomputer with EuroHPC funding?"

On February 15, 2019, the second call was opened: EuroHPC opens call for at least two petascale hosting entities - budget 30 million Euro

What can we expect for 2019?

  • The first calls for projects that have been transfered from H2020 will be opened. The work programme for the coming 2 years will be published. The HPC community is eagerly waiting about news on this. We at Primeur expect official announcements in March 2019. (In March we learned that this will be delayed to probably June or later.)
  • Selection process started for petascale and pre-exascale supercomputers. Pre-exascale machines, at least one with "European technology" are planned for 2021. So the process has to start in 2019. Currently there are three countries/institutes that have said they are candidate: CSC in Finland, CINECA in Italy and BSC in Spain. Investement decisions for petascale systems - Luxembourg is amongst the prominent candidates - will also be taken early 2019.
  • The European Processor Initiative will finally get under way. It will also become clear in 2019 whether the choice for RISC-V as the core processor IP will prove to be correct.
  • Although not in scope of the current phase of EuroHPC JU, there are already two candidates for an exascale supercomputer (co-)funded by EuroHPC JU: CEA in France, and Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany.

We did add a - still experimental - timeline displaying the development of EuroHPC during the past two years.



The known candidates to host pre-exascale and exascale EuroHPC systems.

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EuroHPC News highlights

Walloon region will contribute at least 5 million euro to EuroHPC including to the Finnish led pre-exascale consortium

Brussels, 2019-03-15 - The Vice Prime Minister of the Walloon region, Pierre-Yves Jeholet, in Belgium revealed that the region will contribute at least 5 million euro to EuroHPC. The total Belgian contribution is expected to be 15 million euro. Read further...

Switzerland official member of EuroHPC JU

Bern, 2019-03-15 - Swiss State Secretary Martina Hirayama has signed this morning the declaration of Membership for EuroHPC JU. Switzerland is now a full member of EuroHPC. Read further...

Slides presentations EuroHPC Info day March 11 now available

Brussels, 2019-03-13 - The slides of the presentations at the EuroHPC Info day in Brussels on March 11 are available online. The set contains presentations from the EuroHPC JU about the upcoming calls and plans for 2019 and 2020. Three candidates for hosting entities for pre-eaxascale systems gave an update on their plans. Several European projects presented HPC technologies under development. Several HPC vendors told what they offered. Read further...

Interview with EuroHPC JU interim executive director Gustav Kalbe

Luxembourg, 2019-03-06 - On 22 January 2019,Primeur Magazinewas invited at the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU) premises in Luxembourg to talk with Gustav Kalbe, head of the High Performance Computing and Quantum Technologies Unit at the European Commission, who currently is EuroHPC JU's interim Executive Director. Read further...

Belgium to contribute 5 million euro to Finnish led pre-exascale EuroHPC consortium

Brussels, 2019-03-04 - The Belgian federal government has decided to make available a maximum of 5 million euro for participation in a pre-exascale hosting consortium. This was announced by the Belgian minister for Science Sophie Wilmès and the minster for Digital Agenda Philippe De Backer. Earlier, the pre-exascale EuroHPC bidding consortium led by Finland said Belgium would join. Read further...

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