A major step towards the creation of a European world-class high performance computing infrastructure was made at the Council of Ministers on 25 June in Luxembourg, where EU ministers endorsed the Commission’s proposal to create a European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU).
The EuroHPC JU, proposed by the European Commission on 11 January 2018, is a legal and funding entity that aims to pool EU and national resources with the goal of:
- acquiring and providing across Europe by 2020 a world-class pre-exascale HPC infrastructure, that would match the demanding application requirements of Europe's scientific and industrial users;
- supporting a European Research and Innovation programme to create an innovative HPC ecosystem in terms of technologies and systems, applications, and skills.
This will boost Europe's scientific capabilities and industrial competitiveness and support a wide range of HPC users, including academic researchers, large-scale industry, and small and medium-sized enterprises as well as the public sector.
Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel welcomed the Council's decision to support the Commission proposal.
Krasimir Valchev, Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria also welcomed this decision.
The European Parliament will now vote on the proposal in July.
The Regulation will be formally adopted in September, under the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU.