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EuroHPC and the TOP500 of supercomputers

Almere, 2019-06-24 - EuroHPC has as its ambition to make Europe a major player in the world in supercomputing. In the TOP500 released last week in Frankfurt, Europe still plays a very modest role. This should change next year when the pre-exascale supercomputers and petascale systems for which funding was awarded earlier this month, come online by the end of next year. But where do we start from in Europe? To look at this we analysed the TOP500 lists of the past five years. Read further...

The Luxembourgian supercomputer "Meluxina" will be part of the European network EuroHPC

Luxembourg, 2019-06-14 - On June 14, 2019, the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy, Étienne Schneider; the Deputy Director General of the Directorate General of Communication Networks, Content and Technologies at the European Commission, Khalil Rouhana, as well as LuxConnect CEO Roger Lampach presented the future supercomputer in Luxembourg, named "Meluxina", which will join the European network of EuroHPC supercomputers. Read further...

Switzerland contributing to one of the most competitive supercomputers in the world to be placed in Finland

Lugano, 2019-06-06 - The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre CSCS of ETH Zurich will represent Switzerland in a joint endeavour to acquire, build and deploy a world-class computing and data infrastructure at the IT Center for Science's data centre in Kajaani, Finland. Eight countries and the EU will participate in this unique joint endeavour that will deploy by the end of 2020 one of the fastest and most advanced supercomputers in the world, providing highly competitive HPC resources for Europe's scientific, industrial and public users with EuroHPC funding. Read further...

Kalray at the heart of the European Processor Initiative

Grenoble, 2019-06-13 - Kalray, a pioneer in processors for new intelligent systems, will be a key technology provider and partner of the European Processor Initiative (EPI) with its MPPA cluster - Massively Parallel Processor Array - technology. In particular, on account of its expertise and unique technology, Kalray will lead the acceleration technology work for the automotive version of the next generation EPI processor. Read further...

Joint PRACE IAC and EuroHPC INFRAG Workshop on Support for Industrial Users

Brussels, 2019-06-13 - On June 3, 2019, the PRACE Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC) welcomed the EuroHPC Infrastructure Advisory Group (INFRAG) to their biannual meeting to discuss user requirements for industry. The PRACE IAC was set up in 2013 to give independent advice to PRACE and has been consulted on various services including SHAPE, training and open access. Members include C-level representatives of small, medium and large firms (industry users), as well as trade associations such as NAFEMS (engineering) and CEFIC (chemistry). ETP4HPC is also represented as an observer. Read further...

Italy to host one of the supercomputers funded by EuroHPC

Bologna, 2019-06-10 - Italy will host one of the pre-exascale class computers funded by the European Union in the context of EuroHPC, a joint collaboration between European countries and the European Union about developing and supporting exascale supercomputing by 2022/2023. Read further...

EuroHPC JU approved 840 million euro funding for eight supercomputers

Luxembourg, 2019-06-07 - The EuroHPC JU has approved funding for three pre-exascale and 5 petascale supercomputers. The total value is 840 million euro of which almost half will be paid by the EuroHPC budget. The other part will be paid by the bidding countries. It means that all bidding proposals have been accepted. Read further...

One of the most competitive supercomputers in the world to be placed in Kajaani, Finland

Kajaani, 2019-06-07 - The CSC data centre in Kajaani will host a pan-European high-performance supercomputer. The machine will be about ten times more powerful than the most powerful supercomputer currently in Europe. The decision was made by the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, a high performance computing (HPC) initiative supported by the European countries and the European Union. This decision will provide highly competitive HPC resources for Europe's scientific, industrial and public users. In addition, it will provide a framework for Europe to strengthen its position as one of the pioneers of the data-driven economy. Read further...

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...

Pre-exascale candidate hosting consortium from Spain and Portugal expanded with Croatia and Turkey

Barcelona, 2019-04-05 - According to the Barcelona Supercomputing Center two additional countries have committed their support to BSC's candidacy. Turkey and Croatia will become members of the consortium that will build and manage the supercomputer together with Spain and Portugal. Ireland will also support the proposal and remains open to the possibility of joining the consortium in the future. The regional Catalan government and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia also support the proposal as BSC shareholders. Read further...

Turkey joins the EuroHPC JU as 28th country

Luxembourg, 2019-04-05 - Turkey has become the 28th country to join the EuroHPC JU. Turkey did also join the Spanish led consortium that bids for pre-exascale hosting organisation. Read further...

Finnish consortium ready for pre-exascale hosting entity call

Helsinki, 2019-03-25 - It seemed like a daring undertaking from the Finnish: compete against the European "supercomputer powers", Spain and Italy to bid for a hosting entity for a pre-exascale EuroHPC supercomputer. Sure, you get 120 million euro from the general EuroHPC budget paid by the European Union, but you would need to put 120 million euro of your own money on the table too. The Finnish took that challenge, by trying to put a consortium together of a large number of countries, clearly led by Finland, but not completely dominated by them. They also offered a CSC computing site up north as a suitable cold place to locate the future pre-exascale supercomputer: with a lower energy impact than is possible in the south of Europe. With less than two weeks to go, it seems like the Finnish did indeed succeed in securing enough financial support from other countries to submit a proposal. Read further...

Also the Spanish/Portuguese consortium is ready to submit its application for EuroHPC pre-exascale hosting entity

Barcelona, 2019-03-25 - The Barcelona Supercomputing Center has confirmed it is on schedule to submit a proposal on behalf of a Spanish/Portuguese consortium to become a hosting entity for a pre-exascale EuroHPC supercomputer. If successful, the supercomputer would be named MareNostrum 5. It will only partially fit into the Torre Girona chapel in Barcelona that houses the current MareNostrum 4 supercomputer. Read further...

Italy and Slovenia join forces to strengthen their participation in EuroHPC

Rome, 2019-03-22 - The Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research and the Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport have signed a collaboration to strengthen collaboration in fields including, HPC (including EuroHPC), Big Data Artificial Intelligence and microprocessor development to support science and technology. Read further...

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...

Bavaria will not join the bidding for a pre-exascale EuroHPC supercomputer

Munich, 2019-03-04 - Markus Rinderspacher from the SPD party said the Bavarian Ministry for Science told him Bavaria does not intend to join the bidding for a pre-exascale supercomputing for which call is now open by the EurohPC JU. Read further...

German Government reconfirms its support for supercomputing development on a national and European scale

Bonn, 2019-02-25 - The German Government considers access and use of HPC infrastructure necessary for the competitiveness of science and industry. Without simulation on HPC systems and supercomputers, fundamental research for energy, material and social sciences, and climate research are not possible. HPC is also needed for innovative products in key areas of the Germany economy, including electronic equipment, automotive, airplanes, and new drugs. This was confirmed in a detailed answer to the German parliament. It confirms the HPC policy laid out two years ago by Germany. Read further...

Swedish Research Council opens web page with info about participation in EuroHPC

Stockholm, 2019-02-25 - Sweden officially joined EuroHPC on February 5th. It is represented in EuroHPC by the Vetenskapsrådet - the Swedish Research Council. The Vetenskapsrådet has opened an info web page for those in Sweden who want to have more info about EuroHPC. According to the Vetenskapsrådet, EuroHPC membership gives researchers in Sweden access to and influence in the large-scale calculation infrastructures to be built. Researchers in Sweden will also be able to participate in the calls and receive funding from the Swedish Research Council. Read further...

First EuroHPC Research and Development project calls delayed until June?

Luxembourg, 2019-02-25 - According to the Swedisch EuroHPC website, maintained by the Swedisch Research Council, the first calls for EuroHPC Research and Development are expected to open in June 2019. Until now, the best guesses and indications were March 2019. The Research and Development projects are crucial to develop European technology that could be used in EuroHPC exascale systems. Read further...

Italy still strong in the EuroHPC pre-exascale race

Bologna, 2019-02-20 - According to the Italian newspaper "Corriere Della Sera", Italy is still in the race for a EuroHPC pre-exascale system. The Italian consortium consists of the Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Universita e della Ricerca (MIUR), the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Infn), the Scuola Superiore di Studi Avanzati (Sissa) and Cineca. Cineca acts as the hosting entity and will house the supercomputer if the Italia bid is successful. Read further...

Research and Innovation plan for EuroHPC for 2019 published: 156 million euro available

Luxembourg, 2019-02-19 - The EuroHPC JU has published the Research and Innovation plan for 2019. The three action lines are: 1. Extreme Scale Technologies and Applications; 2. Widening HPC skills and use; and 3. European Processor Initiative. These are very similar to the calls canceled in Horizon 2020 from which the budget was taken over. The budget available is 156 million euro from the European Union budget for 2019. The EuroHPC participating countries are expecting to double that amount. For next year - 2020 - 25 million euro is allocated for Research and Innovation, but details are not yet known for that part. The first calls for Research and Innovation actions will open in Q1, so in March at the latest. Read further...

Details of the EuroHPC JU budget for 2019-2020 published

Luxembourg, 2019-02-19 - The EuroHPC JU published its financial plans for 2019-2020. In total 486 million euro is committed from general European Union budgets. Because participating countries will also commit budget once it is assigned, this amount will be more than doubled to about 988 million euro. (This is the one billion euro everybody is talking about for the EuroHPC budget). Some small amounts will come from the private members. In kind contributions are not counted in this budget estimate. Read further...

EuroHPC opens call for at least two petascale hosting entities - budget 30 million euro

Luxembourg, 2019-02-15 - EuroHPC JU has opened a call for petascale supercomputer hosting entities. It is the second call after the pre-exascale hosting entities call. The closing date for the call is 15 April 2019. The budget available is 30 million euro for at least two petascale supercomputers. The EuroHPC JU contribution is a maximum of 35%. The hosting entity must be in a EuroHPC country within the European Union. There may be one country or a consortium of EuroHPC countries backing up the hosting entity. Until now we know that Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, and Portugal (backed by Spain) have shown interest in hosting a petascale machines. The systems are not intended to be the fastest in Europe, but to fill up gaps in the European supercomputer ecosystem, by allowing some countries to acquire petascale HPC systems earlier than with just their own funding. Read further...

EuroHPC JU to organise an infoday on the acquisition of supercomputers

Brussels, 2019-02-13 - On 11 March 2019 in Brussels, EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) is organising an open information day. The purpose of the event is to present the upcoming supercomputer acquisitions planned by the EuroHPC JU to interested stakeholders. The event is targeting all HPC stakeholders including: HPC Hardware and software vendors Supercomputing centres in the Union HPC users from any application domain, from academia, industry or SMEs. Read further...

Beauty contest for EuroHPC pre-exascale hosting entities continues

Barcelona, Helsinki, 2019-02-12 - Two of the consortia that intend to compete to host a EuroHPC pre-exascale supercomputer have reveiled more details about their commitment. The science ministers of Spain and Portugal confirmed at their meeting in Barcelona their committment to form a consortium to bid for pre-exascale hosting entity. The Finnish consortium than combines potentially 8 countries went a step further. In a paper "How to build a truly European next generation HPC infrastructure? Collaboration Smart Specialisation Sustainable Future" they also cite several ministers' commitment. But they also explain why their consortium is the best. For instance all countries in their consortium have financial AA or higher ratings, while the competition such as Spain, Portugal, and Italy have A or even BBB ratings. We did not hear anything recently from the third candidate, Italy with CINECA as potential hosting entity. Of course, there can be other candidates too, it is not required to seek publicity: you just have to put in an eligeable proposal by April 4th. Read further...

Close to 600 million Euro of budget allocated to HPC related projects in H2020

Brussels, 2019-02-08 - With the last calls for HPC under Horizon 2020 having closed last year - the remaining budget has been transferred to EuroHPC JU - we can look at how many projects are funded and how large the budget is. There are a few projects for which no public data is available, so our findings are not final yet, but we have counted 107 HPC related projects with a total budget of 571 million euro. The remaining projects will bring this number over 600 million. This shows the European Union has been invested heavily in HPC during the past years. In the remaining years until 2020 this amount will even be doubled in EuroHPC JU. Read further...

Will Switzerland be denied access to EuroHPC?

Brussels, 2019-02-07 - According to Science | Business, the European Commission is denying or at least delaying access of Switzerland to the EuroHPC JU. Switzerland is housing the fastest supercomputer in Europe for several years and they are very active in a diversity of European and international supercomputer consortia. Switzerland was also involved in the EuroHPC plans from almost the beginning. It signed the EuroHPC declaration in October 2017. According to CSC, Finland, Switzerland showed interest in a possible pre-exascale consortium led by Finland. Because the deadline for pre-exascale hosting entities is closing in April, time may be running out. Read further...

Per Öster sees free cooling as asset in CSC's hosting entity bid preparing for pre-exascale

Luxembourg, 2019-02-04 - On 23 January 2019,Primeur Magazinewas in Luxembourg to meet with Per Öster from CSC, the Finnish IT Center for Science. Luxembourg is the seat of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking which just had its first Call out for pre-exascale hosting entities.Primeur Magazinetalked with Per Öster about the consortium CSC is heading and the proposal it is preparing as candidate hosting entity for one of the pre-exascale machines that will be procured by EuroHPC. CSC has a long history in HPC, having gone through all the different European initiatives, from DEISA over PRACE to the current EuroHPC activities. Read further...

A number of European countries joining forces to bid for hosting Europe's fastest supercomputer

Espoo, 2019-01-30 - EuroHPC is a concrete initiative to fund a world-class European supercomputing infrastructure during 2018-2026 to meet the demands of European research and industry. The first ambitious objective of EuroHPC is to acquire at least two pre-exascale systems to Europe by 2020. One exaflop means processor computing power corresponding to 1018floating point operations per second. Read further...

A brief history of EuroHPC

Almere, 2019-02-04 - It's almost two years ago that the EuroHPC journey towards exascale supercomputing started in Rome. Two years is close to eternity in measured in supercomputing time. Do you remember who were the seven countries that started EuroHPC? When did Estonia sign the EuroHPC declaration? When was the announcement of the European Commission that they proposed that Europe would spent 1 billion euro in EuroHPC? And when came the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking into existence? If you know the answers to these questions you are a real EuroHPC expert. For everyone else we created a comprehensive timeline of EuroHPC. Read further...

So you want to host a 250 million euro European pre-exascale supercomputer with EuroHPC funding?

, 2019-01-30 - Recently the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU) opened a call for pre-exascale supercomputers: "Call For Expression of Interest for the Selection of Hosting Entities for Precursors to Exascale Supercomputers". 250 million euro funding from direct EuroHPC funding is available. This needs to be matched by the countries involved in the pre-exascale systems. So the total budget is 500 million euro. This budget should be used for the acquisition of at least two pre-exascale supercomputers with a performance between 150 Petaflop/s and 1 Exaflop/s and for the operating costs of the system. Power envelope should be between 10-15 MW. Read further...

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller from the Leibniz Supercomputer Centre on German and European HPC: being best is better than being first

Amsterdam, 2019-01-28 - At the recent eScience Conference in AmsterdamPrimeur Magazinewas able to talk with Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller, Director of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Germany about high-performance computing (HPC). Not long ago, there were some very big announcements in Munich concerning new supercomputers. LRZ has started to begin the final phase for the installment of the SuperMUC next generation system which is the new big supercomputer at LRZ. Read further...

EuroHPC Call for Selection of pre-Exascale supercomputers now open

Luxembuurg, 2019-01-22 - The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) will launch annual Calls for Proposals. All stakeholders - large industries, SMEs, technology providers, academia - are encouraged to take part in this new venture and contribute to the deployment of a new and sustainable economy. A first Call for Expression of Interest for the Selection of Hosting Entities for Precursors to Exascale Supercomputers (REF: EUROHPC-2019-CEI-PE-01) has been opened on January 21, 2019. The deadline for submission is 4 April 2019 - 12:00:00 Brussels time. Read further...

What has EuroHPC in store for 2019?

Almere, 2019-01-07 - In 2017 the ideas for EuroHPC became concrete with the EuroHPC declaration and the plans to form a EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU). Most of 2018 was spent to set up the legal framework for EuroHPC JU, secure political support and start the establishment of the EuroHPC structure. So what can we expect in 2019 for EuroHPC? Read further...

PRACE to publish position paper on PRACE in the EuroHPC Era

Brussels, 2019-01-08 - European supercomputing organisation PRACE has published a position paper on "PRACE in the EuroHPC Era". The paper outlines the importance and opportunities for building a strong partnership between EuroHPC and PRACE, including key partners from the European ICT landscape. It states that a great challenge we all face in Europe is the federated provision of resources soon to be provided by EuroHPC's pre-exascale and petascale systems as well as by exascale systems in the future, along with the cycles from national Tier-0/1 systems. This requires the development of an appropriate business model that ensures appropriate coordination between EuroHPC hosting members and PRACE Tier-0 and Tier-1 hosting partners, as well as fair and balanced accounting standards. Read further...

Portugal supports Spanish application for pre-exascale EuroHPC supercomputer

Valladolid, 2018-11-26 - Spain and Portugal have signed an agreement for the creation of the Iberian Advanced Computing Network in 2019. The objective is to coordinate policies, strategies and initiatives of both in supercomputing, distributed computing and quantum computing, which will allow to enhance different scientific-technological areas, such as medicine, the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industry, agro-industry, new materials, energy, security and communication. Read further...

European Commissioner Gabriel reconfirms intention to make Europe a top 3 supercomputing power in the world

Luxembourg, 2018-11-06 - Today the Governing Board of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (Euro HPC JU) meets for the first time, in the presence of Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. The Governing Board brings together representatives of the European Commission and the 25 participating European countries, who have undertaken to pool EU and national resources in order to develop top-of-the-range exascale supercomputers in Europe. Read further...

EuroHPC Joint Undertaking gets its own Internet presence

Luxembourg, 2018-11-06 - The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking got its own corner on the Europa.eu portal. It brings together the information that was already available on other parts of the web site. Today is the first governance board meeting. As soon as we know who exactly the board members are, we will let you know. Read further...

ETP4HPC takes part in EuroHPC and names its representatives

Amsterdam, 2018-11-05 - The ETP4HPC steering board has been preparing the involvement of its association in the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking for many months. The General Assembly validated on 30 October 2018 the decision of the Steering Board: ETP4HPC will participate to the EuroHPC JU as "Private member", with four representatives in the Research and Industry Advisory Group (RIAG). Read further...

Mont-Blanc 2020 project to develop key building blocks for the European Processor Initiative

Frankfurt, 2018-10-18 - At the ISC'18 Conference in Frankfurt, Germany,Primeur Magazinemet Said Derradji, project coordinator of the Mont-Blanc 2020 project, on the Exhibition floor. Said Derradji works at Atos R&D in the Big Data and Security Department. The Mont-Blanc project has always been a pioneer in ARM for HPC. The first Mont-Blanc project was using a mobile processor to do HPC. The following projects, Mont-Blanc 2 and Mont-Blanc 3, focused on the ARM ecosystem and software ecosystem. Mont-Blanc 3 built a real platform with a several-grade ARM CPU, the Cavium ThunderX2. Mont-Blanc 2020 is the sequel of the Mont-Blanc project story. The idea is to now be able to develop a System-on-Chip (SoC), a European processor, based on ARM cores and optimized for HPC. Read further...

SICOS brings HPC to SMEs, both in simulation support and training

Stuttgart, 2018-10-17 - At the HPC User Forum at the Supercomputing Centre (HLRS) in Stuttgart, Germany,Primeur Magazinemet with Andreas Wierse from the SICOS company, a transfer technology business with two universities, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe as shareholders. SICOS supports small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), especially in the uptake of technologies like smart data and high-performance computing. Read further...

EuroHPC is just the tip of the HPC iceberg

Almere, 2018-10-12 - Too little too late? Some of the recent articles about EuroHPC compare the amount of money in EuroHPC JU, mostly conveniently rounded to 1 billion euro, and the time scale - exascale in 2022/2023 - to exascale numbers and timeframes from the USA, China, and Japan. Comparing numbers from different countries and continents is, of course, always difficult. But one thing that is often overlooked is the fact that EuroHPC JU is just the tip of the iceberg: most money and most efforts in HPC in Europe are spent at national and regional levels. Some countries, Germany and France, would be able to buy an exascale system on their own. Perhaps a few years later, perhaps even in the same time frame. As an example, it is often mentioned that Europe does not have any system in the Top 10, just discarding the Piz Daint at CSCS in Switzerland. Actually that there is no system in Germany in the Top 10 of the world's fastest supercomputers is accidental, due to non-overlapping funding cycles. As can be seen from the recent supercomputing acquisitions in Germany, it is indeed likely that a German based supercomputer will return to the Top 10 again. Read further...

EuroHPC JU Regulation officially published

Brussels, 2018-10-08 - The Council Regulation about the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union as Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1488. So now EuroHPC JU really exists as a legal entity. Read further...

EuroHPC JU established - a milestone on Europe's journey towards exascale

Brussels, 2018-09-28 - Today, the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking came into existence by a decision of the European Competitiveness Council. Equipped with some 1,5 billion euro to support HPC in Europe this constitutes an important milestone in Europe to get an exascale system based on European technology somewhere in 2023. The money comes from the European Union budget, money diverted from the Horizon 2020 Programme, participating countries and industry. The budget for the 2021-2016 timeframe has not yet been fixed, but will most likely also be more than 1 billion euro per annum. Read further...

Switzerland not part of EuroHPC?

Brussels, 2018-09-30 - In the most recent infographic of the European Commission Cyprus, Sweden and Switzerland were still inked in as having signed the EuroHPC declaration. However, taking a look at the 25 countries that are mentioned in the EuroHPC JU regulation as member of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking these three are missing. Cyprus has always been missing in the draft regulation as we noted in May. However, Switzerland was mentioned in the draft until this Summer so it was removed at the very last moment. We assume this is for political reasons - Switzerland is not part of the European Union, but that the country will join in one way or the other at a later moment. Norway, which is also not part of the European Union is, however, founding member of EuroHPC. Read further...

Council of the EU backs Commission's plans to invest 1 billion euro in world-class European supercomputers

Brussels, 2018-09-28 - On September 28, 2018, the European Council of Ministers officially backed the European Commission's plans to invest jointly with the Member States in building a world-class European supercomputing infrastructure. Read further...

Council chair Austria welcomes Council of the EU's adoption of the EuroHPC JU

Brussels, 2018-09-28 - The Council of the European Union has adopted a regulation aimed at giving a boost to high-performance computing by setting up a new European joint undertaking. This undertaking will oversee the pooling of resources within Europe to develop supercomputers for processing Big Data, which is an essential tool to help tackle the challenges of today's world. Read further...

Denmark 24th country committed to EuroHPC

Copenhagen, 2018-09-25 - Denmark has signed the EuroHPC declaration. It is the 22nd country that signed and the 24th country that committed to join the European Exascale EuroHPC JU that will be formally established in a few days. The Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science, Tommy Ahlers signed the declaration earlier today in Copenhagen. Read further...

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...