European Commission reveals its plan to invest EUR 486 million in supercomputers
On Thursday, the European Commission announced its plans to invest EUR 486 million in building a world-class European supercomputers infrastructure. The EU’s contribution to the project, matched by a similar amount from Member States and associated countries, is mainly aimed at speeding up the digitalization of the economy and securing Europe’s global competiveness in research and innovation. The Commission’s initiative is a crucial project since the fastest supercomputer in the EU at present ranks only 14 on the global list, New Europe reports.
While presenting the Euro High Performance Computing (EuroHPC) initiative, Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, stressed that the project is a key initiative for the EU Digital Single Market. It will also allow to build a joint European infrastructure of High Performance Computers (HPC), a branch of computing that allows to deliver much higher performance than a typical desktop and deal with challenging scientific and engineering tasks.
“The Commission wants to align national, industrial and scientific interests all around the EuroHPC project. We want to finance the development of competitive European High Performance Computing. Furthermore, we wish to jointly build a pre-access scale infrastructure, which will be among the most advanced in the world,” Gabriel said.
At present, only 13 Member States out of 28 signed the EuroHPC declaration, which main objective is to have the EU’s supercomputers in the global top 3 ranking by 2022-2023. However, Gabriel stressed that ‘other member states are invited to get on board with the initiative at any time’.