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Romania could join EuroHPC as 23rd country

Bucarest, 2018-09-14 - The Romanian Government has discussed a Memorandum on joining EuroHPC. This means EuroHPC JU is likely to have at least 23 countries when it starts. It is not yet known when the official signature procedure for the EuroHPC declaration by Romania will take place. In a prepreratory meeting headed by the Romanian Minister of Communication and Information Society, Petru Bogdan Cojocaru, it was noted that "Romania's accession to this European initiative is necessary to keep our country in the economic race of an era of informational supercomputer speed. Our country's participation in this initiative demonstrates Romania's seriousness and commitment not only to the European partners and NATO, but also to maintaining the competitiveness aspects - stimulating the local labor force specialized in ICT, providing a framework for high quality research and the development of a strong economy that fully exploits the rapid access to information resulting from the processing of very varied data in very large quantities." Read further...

Part of Horizon 2020 HPC programme cancelled in favour of EuroHPC

Luxembourg, 2018-09-04 - The Horizon 2020 calls related to HPC will be cancelled from the 2019-2020 workprogramme. The related budget will be transferred to the new EuroHPC JU. This was announced by Thomas Skordas, European Commission director "Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure" in a blog post. In practice, this means that all the Horizon 2020 HPC calls in FET, e-infrastructure and LEIT-ICT will disappear from these work programmes this Autumn. There will be a new work programme for the EuroHPC JU designed with the about 1 billion euro of the H2020 money and matching funds from EuroHPC partner states with an additional 420 million from private partners. Read further...

EuroHPC Joint Undertaking will be officially established end September

Luxembourg, 2018-09-04 - By the end of this month, the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking will be formally established. EC Director Thomas Skordas writes in his latest blog: "The EuroHPC JU Regulation will now be formally adopted at the Competitiveness Council on 27-28 September and the JU will be created. Its headquarters will be in Luxembourg." EuroHPC is the European exascale programme, intended to prepare the acquisition of several exascale supercomputers with at least one with European technology in 2022/2023. Read further...

EuroHPC twitter account now has over 500 followers

Almere, 2018-09-04 - Since March 2017 the Primeur Magazine team documents Europe's journey towards exascale with news, the http://eurohpc.eu website and the @EuroHPC twitter account. The twitter acount just crossed the 500 followers mark, showing the interest there is information around EuroHPC and the way the Primeur team at Genias Benelux documents this. We just want to take the opportunity to remind you that you can always contact Genias if you need HPC information, HPC project management or communication, a dedicated HPC portal or consulting around HPC. Read further...

Estonia signed the EuroHPC declaration: 21nd country to sign, 22nd country to commit to EuropHPC

Tartu, 2018-08-24 - As Primeur Magazine expected two weeks ago, Estionia has joined EuroHPC. Its signature is the 21st under the EuroHPC declaration. However, it is the 22nd country committed to join EuroHPC JU. Latvia committed without a signature under the declaration. Mailis Reps, Estonian Minister of Education and Research, signed the EuroHPC declaration in Tartu, Estonia, in the presence of Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market. With this signature, Estonia marks its intention to join the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking once it is formally adopted by the Council of the European Union in September. Read further...

German HPC and EuroHPC, a question of competitive collaboration benefiting science

Frankfurt, 2018-08-13 - After his presentation at ISC'18 in the session "German HPC in Context",Primeur Magazinewas able to talk with Michael Resch, Chairman of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing. His talk covered the German HPC developments, also in connection with the European developments in EuroHPC. Michael Resch toldPrimeur Magazinethat all these things fit nicely together because Germany has been very active. It was among the first countries to sign the agreement for the EuroHPC Declaration. This fits nicely, both to the German strategy and the German strategy fits nicely into EuroHPC. These are two very complementary activities. Read further...

Estonia to join the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking as 22nd country

Tallinn, 2018-08-10 - The Minister of Education and Research, Mailis Reps proposed that Estonia will join EuroHPC. Joining the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking gives Estonia the right to participate fully in the work of the Governing Board of EuroHPC and to vote in administrative decisions. The HPC Steering Board is also the decision-making body to agree on the content of the competitions in the HPC's second pillar, or the research and innovation programme competitions, and more precise terms of participation. It is also one of the motivators of Estonia's accession. Read further...

Latvia 21st country to join EuroHPC JU

Brussels, 2018-07-17 - As expected Latvia has officially announced its intention to join EuroHPC JU - the European legal entity to procure and produce exascale supercomputers. Latvian Minister for Education and Science Professor Karlis Šadurskis has signed the EuroHPC declaration. If all goes as planned, EuroHPC will come into existence in September 2018. Read further...

European parliament votes in favour of EuroHPC JU

Strassbourg, 2018-07-03 - The European Parliament has voted in favour of the EuroHPC Joint undertaking. This is a major step towards the creation and acquisition of European exascale supercomputers that will rank among the world's top 3 in 2022. Read further...

European Commission welcomes Parliament vote on plans to establish EuroHPC JU

Brussels, 2018-07-03 - Today in Strasbourg the European Parliament voted to approve the European Commission's proposal to establish a European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU), a legal and funding entity that will pool EU and national resources to build world-class high performance computing (also known as supercomputing) and data infrastructures in Europe. This result is welcomed by the European Commission. The proposal to establish the EuroHPC JU will be formally adopted by the Council of the European Union in September. Read further...

Report European Investment Bank: Financing the future of supercomputing - How to increase investments in high performance computing in Europe

Luxembourg, 2018-06-26 - The innovation services of the European Investment Bank issued a report "Financing the future of supercomputing - How to increase investments in high performance computing in Europe". It provides an overview of how HPC in Europe is financed today and gives recommendations on, for instance, the adaption of financial instruments. The report gives recommendations for four groups considered crucial for the European HPC ecosystem: Independent software vendors (ISVs); HPC centres (service providers); HPC intermediaries; HPC customers (users and potential users). So the European HPC hardware industry is not considered to be crucial, which is notable, as strengthening the European hardware industry is an important goal of the EuroHPC multibillion euro programme that also includes the European Processor Initiative as an important component. Joint acquisition of European exascale systems, another goal of EuroHPC, is discussed. Read further...

No supercomputer in the European Union in the top 3 of the world? For BSC that is a choice, says Mateo Valero

Barcelona, 2018-06-23 - No doubt, Europe is lagging behind in supercomputing compared to China and the USA, and perhaps even compared to Japan. But the often cited criterium that there is no supercomputer in the European Union may not be that correct after all. In a presentation at the RISC-V workshop in Barcelona, Barcelona Supercomputer Center (BSC) director Mateo Valero said that "with the money we use in the Mare Nostrum, we could be number 3. But we do not like to be number 3. We like to have hardware that our users can use in an easy way." So the Mare Nostrum could have been at the number 3 position in the TOP500. Read further...

German supercomputers belong in the world top10

Stuttgart, 2018-06-18 - According to Michael Resch, in an interview in the Deutsche Wirtschaftsnachrichte"Supercomputer: Das Rennen um die Zukunft wird in der Software entschieden", German supercomputers should be in the top10 - top15 of the world's largests supercomputers. That none of the three large German supercomputers, in Juelich, Stuttgart and Garching, are, is due to a temporary delay in financing. Read further...

And then there were 20: Finland and Sweden join EuroHPC

Helsinki, Stockholm, 2018-06-14 - As expected, Sweden, and also Finland, have joined EuroHPC. There are now 20 countries that have signed the EuroHPC declaration and have the intention to contribute and benefit from the EuroHPC JU that intends to acquire jointly pre-exascale and exascale supercomputers for Europe and to develop exascale supercomputer technology. Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, Finnish Minister of Education signed for Finland, and Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Swedish Minister of Higher Education and Research, for Sweden. Read further...

Austria joins EuroHPC

Vienna, 2018-06-13 - The Austrian Minister of Education, Science and Research Heinz Faßmann signed the EuroHPC Declaration in Vienna today in the presence of Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. Austria is the eighteenth European country to join the European effort to build the next generation of exascale supercomputers. Read further...

Exchange of experience and focus on specialisation are key to Europe regaining status in EuroHPC and e-Infrastructures

Sofia, 2018-05-15 - After the recent e-IRG and Vi-SEEM Workshops, Primeur Magazinewas invited by Ivan Dimov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science at his cabinet in Sofia, Bulgaria for an interview. Ivan Dimov gave a keynote at both workshops about e-Infrastructures and supercomputing. He is responsible for research in Bulgaria. Before that, Ivan Dimov was a scientist, working in computer science. He has been Director of the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He has also been working in some other places in Europe and in America and was for some period of time in England at the University of Reading, in Germany and in France. Read further...

New Digital Europe Programme proposed by the European Commission with 2,7 billion euro for HPC for 2021-2027 timeframe

Brussels, 2018-06-06 - The European Commission has proposed a new programme called "Digital Europe" for the next framework period. The total proposed budget for the 2021-2027 timeframe is 9,2 billion euro, of which 2,7 billion is planned for supercomputers (HPC) and 2,5 billion for artificial intelligence (AI). The proposal needs to be adopted by the European Union as part of the next framework programme. The programme is new and an addition to existing programmes, such as the Horizon Europe (which is the successor of Horizon 2020) and the Connecting Europe (CEF) facilities. The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking is expected to draw budget from both Digital Europe and Horizon Europe. Digital Europe focusing on infrastructures and applications for everyone: from SMEs to large research institutes. It is designed to increase European competitiveness in key digital areas. Read further...

Another 4 countries to sign the EuroHPC declaration, bringing the total to 21 countries

Brussels, 2018-06-07 - Within the coming weeks another 4 countries are expected to sign the EuroHPC declaration. One of them is Latvia. Lithuania signed earlier this month as 17th country. This would bring the total number of EuroHPC countries to 21. Signing the agreement means the country intends to join the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking and contribute to the development and acquisition of a European exascale supercomputer in the 2022/2023 timeframe. Read further...

Lithuania to join EuroHPC

Vilnius, 2018-06-01 - "Lithuania is interested in joining the European High Performance Computing Initiative (EuroHPC). This will allow our country to use the possibilities for computing the highest-capacity data", stated G. Viliunas, Vice-Minister of Education and Science. Lithuanian science and business will be able to use world-class supercomputers for large-scale calculations in areas such as health, climate change, industry, cyber security, energy, artificial intelligence, and economic forecasts. Read further...

EuroHPC budget for exascale and post-exascale supercomputing up to 5 billion euro

Brussels, 2018-05-30 - The 1 billion euro for EuroHPC for the years to come until 2020 is a widely circulated number for exascale in Europe. About half of it coming from European money, half of it from participating countries. In addition, there are several hundreds of million contributions from industry. For the years after 2020 until 2016 which is the end of the lifespan of EuroHPC JU, the numbers are not fixed. However, the European Commission now foresees 4 billion euro funding under the next Framework Programme. Read further...

European Competitiveness Council made progress on EuroHPC and EOSC

Brussels, 2018-05-29 - The Competitiveness Council (Research, Innovation and Space) consisting of European Union Ministers of European Affairs, Industry, Research and related areas, made good progress on EuroHPC and on the Europen Open Science Cloud, said Krasimir Valchev, Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria, following the Competitiveness Council meeting on 29 May 2018, in Brussels. EuroHPC JU will be formally established by a EU Council decision later this year. Read further...

Poland officially signed the EuroHPC declaration

Brussels, 2018-05-28 - As we expected in our announcement last month, Poland has indeed become the 16th member of EuroHPC. This was announced by the European Commission. Read further...

Another small step for EuroHPC: positive advise from the European Economic and Social Committee

Brussels, 2018-05-25 - The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has given a positive advise about the EuroHPC JU plans. EESC is an advisory group in the European Union that represents a large number of organisations, including employers, trade unionists and representatives of societal, occupational, economic and cultural organisations. The EESC endorses the initiative for a EuroHPC Joint Undertaking as a concrete step in line with the European cloud strategy as well as part of a wider EU strategy. EESC sees the initiative brings clear EU added value with a key technology which will help to tackle the most challenging issues of our modern society and will ultimately be beneficial for well-being, competitiveness and jobs. Read further...

European Commission proposes to invest 475 million euro in EuroHPC in the coming 2 years

Brussels, 2018-05-23 - The European Commission has proposed to allocate 193,8 million euro in 2019 and 222,5 million euro in 2020 to the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU). EuroHPC JU should acquire and operate (pre-exascale) supercomputers for European scientists and also develop European HPC technology. In the budget proposal for 2019 funding has been allocated to the EuroHPC JU: a contribution from the EU budget, of 193,8 million euro in 2019 and of 281,1 million euro in 2020, financed from the Horizon 2020 (154,7 million euro in 2019 and 222,5 million euro in 2020) and CEF programmes (39,1 million euro in 2019 and 58,6 million euro in 2020). Read further...

CSCS Switzerland will not host a EuroHPC supercomputer

Brussels, 2018-05-04 - Currently, several European Union organisations are working on the EuroHPC JU proposal to come eventually to European exascale systems. The current working draft "Proposal for a Council Regulation on establishing the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking and Statutes of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking" will be discussed by the Research working party meeting on 7 May, 2018. So, it is a draft and nothing is final yet. But some remarkable changes have been included since previous drafts. One seems to exclude CSCS in Switzerland from ever hosting a EuroHPC system. Currently, CSCS houses the fastest supercomputer in Europe, so from a technical point of view they are certainly capable of operating such as system. Read further...

HPC and hyperfast applications are drivers for the fifth industrial revolution, says EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel

Sofia, 2018-04-19 - At the Bulgarian Presidency event on "Shaping Europe's Digital Future - HPC for Extreme Scale Scientific and Industrial Applications" in Sofia, Bulgaria, on April 19, 2018, Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, held an opening speech on the role of high performance computing (HPC) for Europe, its citizens and enterprises. Read further...

Developing own EuroHPC hardware could make all the difference for exascale supercomputing in Europe

Sofia, 2018-04-19 - Thomas Lippert from the Juelich Supercomputing Centre chaired a session about HPC applications and their impact on Europe at the EuroHPC Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria on April 19th, 2018. He started with an overview of PRACE, EuroHPC and the importance of supercomputing in Europe. Read further...

Human Brain Project models brain in silico with HPC for better understanding of epilepsy

Sofia, 2018-04-19 - Katrin Amunts, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1) at the Jülich Research Centre, chaired at the EuroHPC Conference in Sofia, the session about the growing wall of HPC in neuroscience and the Human Brain Project that is trying to contribute to a better understanding of the human brain. A summary of the first three presentations in the panel: overview of the Human Brain Project by Katrin Amunts; Understanding the brain through modelling and simulations by Jeannette Hellgren Kotaleski, and From HPC Brain Models to Clinical Applications by Viktor Jirsa. Read further...

The European Processor developed as part of EuroHPC will be crucial for European sovereignty, says Atos CEO Thierry Breton

Sofia, 2018-04-19 - Atos CEO Thierry Breton gave a keynote at the EuroHPC Conference in Sofia, stressing the importance of a European microprocessor that can be used in Edge computing in, for instance, the automotive industry and in the EuroHPC exascale systems. It is crucial for Europe to regain its sovereignty in this area. Next is a slightly edited, for readability, version of his presentation. Read further...

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel sees a growing sense of community in EuroHPC exascale initiative

Sofia, 2018-04-19 - At the Bulgarian Presidency event on "Shaping Europe's Digital Future - HPC for Extreme Scale Scientific and Industrial Applications" in Sofia, Bulgaria, on April 19, 2018,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk to Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, about the recent EuroHPC developments, and basically three issues in particular: 'What has been achieved during the past year?'; 'Where are we now?'; and 'Where will we be in one year?' Read further...

The European Processor Initiative (EPI) to develop the processor that will be at the heart of the European exascale supercomputer effort

Bezons, 2018-02-08 - Europe has an ambitious plan to become a main player in supercomputing. The EuroHPC initiative is a joint undertaking with as one of its goals to construct an exascale supercomputer based on European technology. One of the core parts is a processor. Although there are several processor-related research projects, it is only now that an effort has started to build a production HPC processor with industry quality. This is done as part of a 120 million euro Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) that has been awarded to a consortium of 23 partners. We talked to the project coordinator Philippe Notton from Atos to learn more about the "European Processor Initiative" as the project is called. Read further...

Member of Parliament Pavel Popescu urges Romanian government to join EuroHPC

Bucharest, 2018-03-23 - Member of Parliament Pavel Popescu asked the Romanian government to consider joining EuroHPC. This initiative, already joined by 15 countries aims to acquire and to develop exascale supercomputer for use by scientists. Popescu is afraid that otherwise Romania will lag behind and it would neither be using its excellent Internet infrastructure to the limit. Read further...

European Processor Initiative (EPI) announced on European Commission website

Brussels, 2018-03-23 - The European Commission published an official announcement of the European Processor Initiative (EPI) on its website. As we reported already a few weeks ago in an interview with Atos' Philippe Notton - who will be leading the initiative, EPI will develop a processor that will be at the heart of the EuroHPC supercomputers. The announcement confirms there are 23 partners in the project and the budget amounts to 120 million euro. It is not clear about the performance target, as it mentions 10 Petaflop/s as target for pre-exascale systems, which seems a bit low. Read further...

Finland is considering joining EuroHPC

Helsinki, 2018-03-02 - According to Teknikan Maailma (TM), Finland is considering joining EuroHPC. TM is citing Petteri Kauppinen of the Ministery of Education and Culture, who commented the second stage of EuroHPC, that is starting in 2023, will probably be much more expensive that the 1 billion euro public money planned for the first phase. Read further...

Austria is preparing to join EuroHPC

Vienna, 2018-02-10 - According to the Austrian newspaper "Die Presse" the Austrian government is examining participation in EuroHPC. "This is an important issue and ceratinly worh supporting. We are examining in howfar Austria could join and what the financial contribution would be.", told Annette Weber, spokeswoman of Heinz Faßmann, science Minister, to "die Presse". End of februar there will be another meeting with the participationg ministeries, economic organisations and the European Commission. Read further...

Cyprus 15th country to sign EuroHPC declaration

Brussels, 2018-02-09 - According to the European Commission, Cyprus has signed the EuroHPC declaration. Cyprus intends to join the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking once it has been established. No further details are known yet. Read further...

EuroHPC will invest most likely in the 1,3 billion euro range to develop exascale supercomputers - European Parliament briefing confirms

Brussels, 2018-02-06 - As Flemish Minister Philippe Muyters stated in his Parliament - see our coverage yesterday - EuroHPC will invest around 1,3 billion in exascale supercomputer performance, not 1 billion as was communicated before. Around 1 billion is just the investments by the European Union (486 million) and the participating countries (matching 486 million). Another 422 million are investments expected from industry. A briefing "European High-Performance Joint Undertaking" for the European Parliament confirms these numbers. The briefing, published yesterday, is part of the European Legislation process to establish a EuroHPC Joint Undertaking as legal entity. The briefing outlines the background of EuroHPC and the steps towards legislation which is to be concluded by the adoption of the European Council. Read further...

Flemish Minister of Science and Education to explain his view on EuroHPC

Brussels, 2018-02-05 - Philippe Muyters, the Flemish Minister of Science and Education, answered questions about EuroHPC in the Flemish Parliament. According to Muyters the total investments in EuroHPC will be 1.394.000.000 euro (about 1,4 billion euro). This seems higher than the amount announced by the European Commission last month that was talking about 1 billion euro. According to Muyters, the European programmes will invest 486 million euro. The same amount will be invested by the EuroPHC member countries. 422 million euro will be invested by industry (private parties). Read further...

Why Sweden is not part of EuroHPC

Stockholm, 2018-02-05 - Sweden is very strong in HPC including in applications for exascale. The PDC Center for High Performance Computing is a partner in several European HPC projects for instance. So why was not Sweden amongst the first to sign the EuroHPC declaration, many wondered. And why have they still not done so? Karin Lindström from Computer Sweden asked the Minister of Digital Development, Peter Eriksson. He told her that when EuroHPC was proposed it was strongly focused towards the HPC industry in Germany and France. Also there are other important areas like AI and Quantum computing. Read further...

Combination of top-down initiatives like EuroHPC and bottom-up science driven projects make European exascale effort healthy

Amsterdam, 2018-01-29 - During the annual SURFsara Super D Event on December 12, 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands,Primeur Magazinehad the pleasure to talk with Thomas Schulthess, Director of the Swiss Supercomputing Centre - CSCS - in Lugano, who gave a keynote presentation at Super D about the European exascale developments and the requirements to achieve this. Thomas Schulthess is a professor of Computational Physics at ETH Zurich. He leads the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre and the Swiss High-Performance Computing Initiative. This is very much concerned with building applications that perform at sustained petaflop performance, up till now. Now, Thomas Schulthess and his colleagues are thinking about the future, the so-called exascale. Read further...

European Commission explains why Joint Undertaking is well suited as legal instrument to help create EuroHPC ecosystem

Amsterdam, 2018-01-22 - During the annual SURFsara Super D Event on December 12, 2017 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,Primeur Magazinehad a conversation with Thomas Skordas, who is responsible for the EuroHPC strategic initiative. Thomas Skordas is Director of "Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructures" of the European Commission's Directorate in DG Connect. This Directorate is promoting and funding research infrastructures and excellent research in Europe. Part of the research infrastructures that the European Commission (EC) is funding, is directly related to creating a large-scale high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure for Europe for the benefit of European scientists, industry, and the public sector. The EuroHPC initiative has been proposed by the EC in order to create an excellent HPC infrastructure that European scientists and industry need in the area of high-performance computing and enabling science and user applications. Read further...

The Czech Republic has signed the EuroHPC declaration as 14th country

Prague, 2018-01-26 - Robert Plaga, Czech Minister of Education, Youth and Sports has signed the EuroHPC declaration The Czech Republic is the 14th country to participate in EuroHPC. Read further...

European Commission proposes to invest 1 billion euro in world-class European supercomputers

Brussels, 2018-01-11 - The European Commission unveiled today its plans to invest jointly with the Member States in building a world-class European supercomputers infrastructure, confirming its commitment to EuroHPC. Today's step is crucial for the European Union's competitiveness and independence in the data economy, says the Commission. Today, European scientists and industry increasingly process their data outside the EU because their needs are not matched by the computation time or computer performance available in the EU. This lack of independence threatens privacy, data protection, commercial trade secrets, and ownership of data in particular for sensitive applications. Read further...

European High-Perfomance Computing Joint Undertaking - EuroHPC JU - in operation by 2019

Brussels, 2018-01-11 - The European High-Perfomance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) will pool European resources to develop top-of-the-range exascale supercomputers for processing big data, based on competitive European technology. Read further...

Supercomputers will revolutionise machine learning, says European Commisioner Carlos Moedas

Brussels, 2018-01-11 - "This is one of the really important moments that can change the future", said Carlos Moedas at the EuroHPC press conference in Brussels announcing European supercomputer plans. "It is also probably one of the greatest examples that we have of European added value. What we are doing here with supercomputers is doing what others could not do alone." Read further...

If EuroHPC is not a success, Europe is risking outsourcing its innovative capacity to third countries, says EC Commissioner Mariya Gabriel

Brussels, 2018-01-11 - "The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking will allow us to build a pan-European infrastructure of High-Performance Computers. Through EuroHPC, we want to align national interest, industrial interests, scientific interests, all around one single project", said European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel at a EuroHPC press conference in Brussels. "First of all to finance competitive European HPC technology. Furthermore, we want to build jointly the pre-exascale infrastructure which will be amongst the most advanced in the world. The importance of this joint undertaking was recognized by 13 member states and associated countries." Read further...

Seat of EuroHPC JU will be in Luxembourg

Luxembourg, 2018-01-11 - The Ministry of Economy in Luxembourg has announced that the seat of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking announced earlier today in Brussels will be in Luxembourg. The ministry expects its establishment in the second half of 2018. Luxembourg was one of the initial countries signing the EuroHPC declaration. It also was involved in the IPCEI HPC endeavour. Part of the European Commission that is involved in HPC and supercomputing has been moved from Brussels to Luxembourg over the past years. Read further...

European Commission issues synopsis report and contributions to the EuroHPC targeted consultation

Brussels, 2018-01-11 - The 'targeted stakeholder consultation' on the Common European initiative on High Performance Computing (HPC) was held from 3 August to 5 September 2017. The responses of participants and stakeholders who gave their consent to publication as well as a synopsis report analysing the results of this public consultation are now available. Read further...

The supercomputer applications considered crucial for Europe

Brussels, 2018-01-11 - Why is it important to pool resources at European level? HPC capabilities are used to solve and address scientific, industrial and societal challenges in health, climate change and weather forecast, industry, cybersecurity, and energy. Read further...

BSC and Bull lead consortium will develop the microprocessor for EuroHPC

Barcelona, 2017-12-14 - A consortium with BSC (Barcelona Supercomputing Center) as scientific lead and Bull as industrial lead have won the "Framework Partnership Agreement in European low-power microprocessor technologies" contract. According to the European Commission there were two competing consortia. The Framework contract in itself does not provide any funding, but it allows the consortium to submit two proposals: first a Phase I proposal valued at 80 million euro next year, and a Phase II proposal in 2010 valued at 40 million euro. There will be no competition for the Phase I and Phase II proposal stages but the proposals themselves still will need to be evaluated positively. Creating a European microprocessor, to be independent from US and Chinese microprocessors, to be used for HPC, Big Data and AI, is one of the goals of EuroHPC. Read further...

Croatia officially signed the EuroHPC declaration

Brussels, 2017-11-20 - Blazenka Divjak, Croatian Minister for Science and Education, signs for Republic of Croatia the Declaration Cooperation framework on High Performance Computing (EuroHPC ), in the presence of Roberto Viola, Director General DG Connect; European Commission. Croatia is the 13th country joining the EuroHPC declaration. Goal of this HPC collaboration is to bring Europe back on the front row of exascale supercompuitng by 2022. Read further...

Croatia to join EuroHPC as 13th country

Brussels, 2017-11-17 - Ms Blazenka Divjak, Minister for Science and Education of Croatia, will sign the EuroHPC declaration on behalf of Croatia on November 20th. European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will be present. Croatia will be the 13th country to join EuroHPC. Read further...

Despite EuroHPC programme Europe losing ground in the TOP500 of the world's fastest supercomputers

Denver, 2017-11-13 - In the most recent November 2017 TOP500 list, Europe houses only 93 machines. This is the lowest number in many years. Just half a year ago in June, the number was 106. If we look at systems in the European Union (EU), the situation is even more dramatic: Only 86 supercomputers can be found in the EU. Read further...

Greece joins EuroHPC, signs the European declaration on high-performance computing

Athens, 2017-11-10 - Greece is the 12th country to sign the European declaration on high-performance computing (HPC). With this signature, Greece agreed to join the European effort to build the next generation of computing and data infrastructures. Read further...

European Parliament Think Tank publishes briefing on supercomputing in Europe

Brussels, 2017-10-25 - The Think Tank of the European Parliament has published a 6-page overview of the supercomputing developments in Europe. It nicely describes the road Europe is taking, its position in the world relative to the U.S.A., China and Japan. It describes the initiatives, such as EuroHPC, and the financing models. The briefing not only describes HPC in its narrower sense, but also the quantum technology developments. Read further...

HPC in Europe is problematic, says 85% of respondents of the targeted public consultation

Brussels, 2017-10-20 - Preliminary findings of the targeted stakeholder consultation on the HPC initiative in Europe and the EuroHPC inception impact assessment that ran from 3 August to 5 September 2017 show that almost any respondent (85%) sees the current state of HPC in Europe as problematic. There is limited interaction between industry and academia. They note there is a deep fragmentation of HPC programmes and uncoordinated activities, and Europe's supercomputing capabilities depend on non-EU suppliers. Read further...

Swiss Secretary of State Mauro Dell'Ambrogio signs EuroHPC declaration on behalf of Switzerland

Bern, 2017-10-20 - Today in Bern, Swiss State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation Mauro Dell'Ambrogio signed the EuroHPC declaration. Switzerland is the 11th country signing the EuroHPC declaration. This country is of particular importance to the EuroHPC consortium because it houses the nr. 3 supercomputer in the world, the Piz Daint at CSCS. Switzerland also has strong HPC application and development efforts ongoing and has research in new technologies including quantum computing. Switzerland is participating in Europe's Horizon 2020 programme. Read further...

Switzerland to join EuroHPC as 11th country - Bulgaria officially signed the EuroHPC declaration

Sofia, 2017-10-13 - Switzerland is expected to be the next country to join the European HPC effort EuroHPC on 20 October 2017. As we announced two days ago in Primeur Magazine, Bulgaria has joined the EuroHPC as 10th member. The signature has now been put on the declaration. The declaration was signed in Sofia, by Bulgarian Minister of Education and Science, Krasimir Valchev, in the presence of Commissioner Gabriel. Read further...

Bulgaria joins EuroHPC

Sofia, 2017-10-11 - The Bulgarian government has decided to join EuroHPC. The Ministry of Science and Education proposed this to the government. It is not yet known when the actual signing ceremony will take place. If that is soon, Bulgaria will be the tenth country joining Europe's effort towards exascale HPC. Read further...

EuroHPC progressing towards European exascale and expanding with new member states

Brussels, 2017-10-11 - On October 5, the member states (countries) involved in EuroHPC and the European Commission had a meeting in Brussels. According to the Commission during this meeting, the signatory member states of the EuroHPC declaration provided testimonials of their interest and role in the EuroHPC initiative. This served to illustrate to all the other European countries the incentives to collaborate at European level. Read further...

Draft work programme for 2018 - 2020 of the European Horizon 2020 funding programme shows strong commitment to HPC and exascale with over 450 million euro funding available

Brussels, 2017-10-09 - The draft of the work programme for 2018 - 2020 of the Horizon 2020 Research and Development funding programme has been published. The work programme gives details of the topics for which proposals are invited, and the amount of budget available. Although it is still a draft, not many changes are to be expected in the final version. Read further...

European Commission opens consultation on EuroHPC HPC plans

Brussels, 2017-08-03 - The European Commission has opened a consultation on the High Performance Computing Initiative in Europe. Closing date for the public consultation is September 5. The European Commission wants to gather stakeholders’ opinions on the key areas of the future EU-wide initiative on HPC that will support the development of the next generation of computing and data infrastructure in Europe. Topics include: Main challenges to the current state of HPC in Europe; Added-value of EU coordinated action; Main objectives of the EuroHPC initiative; and Set-up of the EuroHPC initiative (time-frame, participants and their role, responsibilities). The results of the consultation will help define EuroHPC, the new EU legal and financial instrument that will implement the European HPC initiative. Read further...

Slovenia joins the European HPC cooperation EuroHPC as 9th member

Tallinn, 2017-07-17 - This evening, Boris Koprivnikar, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia, signed the EuroHPC declaration in the presence of the European Commission Vice-President Ansip and the Commissioner Gabriel. Slovenia becomes this way the ninth Member State signing this declaration and aiming at working together to coordinate the European efforts in High Performance Computing. Read further...

EuroHPC expands: Belgium joins the European exascale initiative by signing EuroHPC declaration

Luxembourg, 2017-06-11 - Belgium is the 8th EU country to sign the European declaration on high-performance computing. Belgium will participate in EuroHPC in the joint efforts to build the next generation of computing and data infrastructures. Belgium Minister Alexander De Croo signed the EuoHPC declaration on June 9th in Luxembourg. Read further...

Exciting times for the European citizen: EuroHPC plans two exascale machines by 2024-2025

St. Paul's Bay, 2017-06-09 - After the e-IRG Workshop in St. Paul's Bay, Malta,Primeur Magazineinvited Dr. Juan Miguel González-Aranda, e-IRG Delegate for Spain, Interim LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Deputy of the Directorate-General for International Relations at the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness in Spain for an interview about the European construction "commons" spirit and the essential role to this end coming from the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG). Dr. González-Aranda is chairing the e-IRG Working Group on the Long-Term Preservation of Scientific Research Data. The aim is to support and push e-IRG in being the real high-level expertise reflection group that assists in co-creating and establishing the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and the new EuroHPC Initiative as well. Read further...