Digital Single Market: Europe announces eight sites to host world-class supercomputers

Gabriel 2019

European Union, 2019 Source: EC – Audiovisual Service

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.


Eight sites for supercomputing centres have been selected across the EU to host the first European supercomputers. They will support Europe’s researchers, industry and businesses in developing new applications in a wide range of areas, from designing medicines and new materials to fighting climate change.

In a major step towards making Europe a top supercomputing region globally, the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking – EuroHPC has selected 8 sites for supercomputing centres located in 8 different Member States to host the new high-performance computing machines. The hosting sites will be located in Sofia (Bulgaria), Ostrava (Czechia), Kajaani (Finland), Bologna (Italy), Bissen (Luxembourg), Minho (Portugal), Maribor (Slovenia), and Barcelona (Spain). They will support the development of major applications in domains such as personalised medicine, drug and material design, bio-engineering, weather forecasting, and climate change. In total, 19 of the 28 countries participating in the Joint Undertaking will be part of the consortia operating the centres. Together with EU funds, it represents a total budget of € 840 million. The exact funding arrangements for the new supercomputers will be reflected in hosting agreements that will be signed soon.

Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, said: “These sites will give our researchers access to world-class supercomputers, a strategic resource for the future of European industry. They will be able to process their data inside the EU, not outside it. It is a major step forward for Europe to reach the next level of computing capacity; it will help us to advance in future-oriented technologies like the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, robotics and data analytics.

Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, Günther Oettinger, stated: “This initiative demonstrates how joint investment between the EU and its Member States in support of a common objective can contribute to making Europe a leader in a high-technology sector, bringing significant benefits to all European citizens and businesses. We are now looking ahead to the EU’s next long-term budget and to our Digital Europe Programme, through which we have proposed a significant amount of investment in deploying a world-class supercomputing and data infrastructure.

Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel added: “The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking is a good example of how EU countries can cooperate to drive innovation and compete globally in these highly strategic technologies. I am convinced that the new supercomputers that these sites will host will boost Europe’s competitiveness in the digital area. We have demonstrated the strength of our European approach which will bring concrete benefits to our citizens and help our SMEs.”

In today’s world, high-performance computing capabilities are crucial in generating growth and jobs but also for strategic autonomy and innovation in any field. The range of supercomputing uses is vast. It can, for example, forecast the evolution of local and regional weather patterns and predict the size and paths of storms and floods, making it possible to activate early warning systems for extreme weather events. It is also used in designing new medicines, solving complex physics equations that model the molecular processes and interactions of a new drug with human tissues. The aviation and automotive industries also use supercomputing to perform complex simulations and test individual components and entire planes and cars. Moreover, as they are vital for running large-scale simulations and for data analytics, supercomputers are an extremely important component in the development of artificial intelligence, and to boost Europe’s strengths in cybersecurity and blockchain.

Next steps

The Joint Undertaking, along with the selected hosting sites, plans to acquire 8 supercomputers: 3 precursor to exascale machines (capable of executing more than 150 Petaflops, or 150 million billion calculations per second) that will be in the global top 5, and 5 petascale machines (capable of executing at least 4 Petaflops, or 4 million billion operations per second).

The precursor to exascale systems are expected to provide 4-5 times more computing power than the current top supercomputing systems of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe(PRACE). Together with the petascale systems, they will double the supercomputing resources available for European-level use, meaning that many more users will have access to them.

In the next few months, the Joint Undertaking will sign agreements with the selected hosting entities and their hosting Consortia. These agreements will reflect the way the procurement process for acquiring the machines will work and the respective budget commitments of the Commission and member countries. The supercomputers are expected to become operational during the second half of 2020 for European users from academia, industry and the public sector. All the new supercomputers will be connected to the GEANT high-speed pan-European network, like the existing supercomputers that are part of PRACE.

In the next few days, senior Commission officials will join representatives of national governments and of the supercomputing centres involved to present this major milestone for European supercomputing.

Background

Proposed by the Commission and supported by the Council of the EU, the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking was established in November 2018 with the aim of equipping the EU with a world-class supercomputing infrastructure by the end of 2020.

In February 2019, the Joint Undertaking launched its first calls for expression of interest to select the sites that will host its first supercomputers by the end of 2020. Two calls were opened: one for hosting entities for petascale supercomputers, and one for hosting entities for precursor to exascale supercomputers.

Supercomputing is a key priority in the EU’s Digital Europe programme proposed by the Commission in May 2018 in the context of the next long-term EU budget, which includes a proposal of € 2.7 billion to fund supercomputing in Europe during the 2021-2027 period. This budget will permit the Joint Undertaking to support the acquisition of exascale supercomputers (capable of executing 1018calculations per second, or a thousand Petaflops) by 2023 and the development of leading applications running on these supercomputers and the skills for using them.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Avocado: the ‘green gold’ causing environment havoc

Fostering global citizenship in medicine

The West and Russia impose a new order on the world

Better air pollution data is helping us all breathe easier. Here’s how

Why the world needs systems leadership, not selfish leadership

This is what Belgium’s traffic-choked capital is doing about emissions

New challenge: Not going through “burnout” in times of quarantine

3 ways China is using drones to fight coronavirus

EU plans pan-European network of cybersecurity services

Why do medical students have to emigrate to become doctors in 2017?

Promoting Primary Health Care to the Young Health Workforce: a new approach

The movement of anti-vaccers: taking humanity back 200 years

Three-quarters of South Sudanese children have known nothing but war, says UNICEF

‘Humiliation was the worst’; Holocaust survivor at UN, asks world to act with ‘empathy and compassion’

Amsterdam has a bubble barrier to catch canal plastic

EU’s unsparing question to UK: now what kind of future relations do you want?

What are the greatest global health threats?

The EU Parliament blasts the Council about the tax dealings of the wealthy

Medical Doctors in Industry 4.0: pure science fiction

Bankers don’t go to jail because they are more equal than us all

Driving structural change through global value chains integration

What we take for granted: The EU is not perfect

Business is a crucial partner in solving the mental health challenge

Using CO2 as an industrial feedstock could change the world. Here’s how

Aluminium can help to build the circular economy. Here’s how

Nicaragua must end ‘witch-hunt’ against dissenting voices – UN human rights experts

How to promote Primary Healthcare to the Young Healthcare Workforce?

A world first: Women at the helm of every UN Regional Commission

Climate change: Direct and indirect impacts on health

High anxiety calls for innovation in digital mental health

3 ways India can tackle its human-waste problem

Questions and answers: Commission proposes SURE, a new temporary instrument worth up to €100 billion to help protect jobs and people in work

UN health agency urges China to continue search for source of new virus, as Thailand case emerges

World remains a ‘violent, highly discriminatory place’ for girls

Ten reasons to be optimistic in 2019

Medical workforce migration in Europe – Is it really a problem?

Monsanto lawsuit ruling a ‘significant recognition’ of victims’ human rights, say UN rights experts

EU budget: Stepping up the EU’s role as a security and defence provider

Global Citizen-Volunteer Internships

Early signs of growth in Eurozone?

‘Historic moment’ for people on the move, as UN agrees first-ever Global Compact on migration

Major UN aid operation for 650,000 gets underway across Syria-Jordan border

EU labour mobility: Inconvenient truths for everybody

Golden Pen of Freedom Awarded to Murdered Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi during World News Media Congress 2019

Preventing the Pandemic of Mental Illness

Banks can fight financial crime. But we can’t do it alone

Make this the year of ‘transformative solutions’ to avert disastrous climate change: UN Deputy Chief

Destabilizing Lebanon after burning Syria; plotting putsch at home: King and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

Israel is joining forces with Arab states to save coral from climate change destruction

Pandemics are here to stay. Here’s how to prepare for the next one

Guterres welcomes conduct of Afghan elections, commends ‘all who braved security concerns to uphold their right to vote’

How companies can build resilience against pandemics

Member states jeopardising the rule of law will risk losing EU funds

So, what is your favourite Sustainable Development Goal?

EU to fail 2050 Green targets due to lack of European citizens’ engagement

Decade ending 2019 likely to be hottest on record

Japan to invest in euro values

EU: Centralised economic governance and bank supervision may lead to new crisis

Million across Yemen ‘just a step away from famine’, with food available but inaccessible

How to build a fairer gig economy in 4 steps

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s