EuroHPC JU will enable the EU and participating countries to coordinate their efforts and share resources with the objective of deploying in Europe a world-class supercomputing infrastructure and a competitive innovation ecosystem in supercomputing technologies, applications and skills.
The Joint Undertaking (JU) will pool EU and national resources in High-Performance Computing with the aim of:
- acquiring and providing a world-class petascale and pre-exascale supercomputing and data infrastructure for Europe’s scientific, industrial and public users, matching their demanding application requirements by 2020. This would be widely available to users from the public and private sector, to be used primarily for research purposes;
- supporting an ambitious research and innovation agenda to develop and maintain in the EU a world-class High-Performance Computing ecosystem, exascale and beyond, covering all scientific and industrial value chain segments, including low-power processor and middleware technologies, algorithms and code design, applications and systems, services and engineering, interconnections, know-how and skills for the next generation supercomputing era.
The computing and data needs of European scientists and industry do not currently match the computation capabilities available in the EU. No EU supercomputer is in the global top 10, and the existing ones depend on non-European technology. This brings an increasing risk for the EU of being deprived of the strategic or technological know-how for innovation and competitiveness. This situation may create problems related to privacy, data protection, commercial trade secrets or ownership of data.
In addition, Europe consumes about 29% of HPC resources worldwide today, but the EU industry provides only ~5% of such resources. The EU response to the above is to invest together in an ambitious supercomputing infrastructure strategy. The EU’s ambition is to become one of the world leaders in supercomputing.
Firstly, with regards to the infrastructure, EuroHPC will set out to buy and install two pre-exascale machines by 2020, and another 3-4 petascale machines. These machines will be interconnected with the existing national supercomputers and will be made available throughout Europe, to public and private users for developing leading scientific and industrial applications.
The procurements start in the autumn 2019 and will last for six years. The budget for infrastructure investment is estimated to more than 500 million euros.
Sweden is part of a consortium for a pre-exacsale facility in Finland. There are good possibilities for Swedish datacentre companies to be part of the investments.
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