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

Both calls are closed now. There are three candidates for pre-exascale supercomputers and five for petascale supercomputers.

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

Position for Executive Director of EuroHPC JU published

Luxembourg, 2019-05-17 - The vacancy for Executuve Director of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking is published. The Executive Director is the chief executive responsible for the day-to-day management of the Joint Undertaking. The director reports to the Governing Board. The Executive Director is the legal representative of the EuroHPC JU and will lead and manage the JU and take overall responsibility for its operations including budget implementation, as well as ensure the achievement of its objectives. Read further...

Five bids for EuroHPC petascale supercomputers

Luxembourg, 2019-04-26 - There are five proposals submitted for EuroHPC cofunded supercomputers. Candidate hosting entities that submitted a proposal: LuxConnect S.A. (Luxembourg); Institute of Information Science (Slovenia); Petascale Supercomputing Consortium Bulgaria (Bulgaria); IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Centre (Czech Republic); Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal). Spain joined the Portuguese proposal. The total budget available is 30 million euro for at least two petascale systems. The EuroHPC JU will contribute at most 35% of the costs. Read further...

EuroHPC explained in detail by Laurent Crouzet, MESRI

Paris, 2019-04-10 - Laurent Crouzet, Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, MESRI, France, explained EuroHPC in detail to the 43rd ORAP forum, last month in France. A video recording is now available. Laurent Crouzet explains the governing and financing structure, the boards and the calls. He also describes the French contributions to EuroHPC. Read further...

Three pre-exascale candidate consortia have indeed submitted proposals: led by CSC, CINECA, and BSC

Luxembourg, 2019-04-10 - Three consortia submitted proposals for a total of 650 milllion euro to the call for pre-exascale EuroHPC hosting entities that closed last week. One proposal, led by CSC in Finland has 8 countries as partners, a BSC Spain led consortium has 4 partner countries, and a consortium led by CINECA, Italy, has two countries as partner. The total funding available is 250 million euro. So the total budget that can be funded is 500 million euro. There will be at least two consortia funded. So most likely all three proposals, if they qualify, will get funded, although not all three to the full extent requested. Read further...

EuroHPC JU hires

Luxembourg, 2019-04-10 - The EuroHPC JU published several job offers for temporary personnel. The closing date for these vacancies is May 6. The working place will be the EuroHPC JU office in Luxembourg. Read further...

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