Vice-President Ansip, responsible for the Digital Single Market, and Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society welcomed this new step forward :
We welcome the participation of the Czech Republic in this ambitious European initiative. By aligning our European and national strategies and pooling resources and know-how, we will be able to produce European HPC technologies and applications and integrate them into leading-edge machines to build a HPC vibrant ecosystem.
Robert Plaga, Czech Minister of Education, Youth and Sports added:
We are very glad to join the EuroHPC initiative and become a Member State of the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking once it is established by the adoption of respective EU Council Regulation. HPC is a very dynamic R&D domain, which importance for further enhancement of European research and business communities has become essential over the recent years. Computer simulations enable researchers and innovators to perform an experiment in a virtual reality in a cheaper, faster, safer and environmental-friendly way without the need of actual making it. Supercomputing thus enable to reduce costs of technology development and to make experiments that would be barely doable in the real life. Top-class HPC e-infrastructure has become substantial for the 21st century scientific and industrial development, not to mention its role in the security area. Nowadays, it is clear that Europe is lagging behind. Therefore, we believe that the envisaged European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking will facilitate the pan-European cooperation in the endeavour to become a worldwide leader in HPC. We are prepared to provide the Czech national HPC capacities and capabilities for this joint mission and contribute to accomplish it successfully.
The EuroHPC Declaration is an agreement in which the signatory countries commit to work together and with the European Commission for acquiring and deploying an integrated world-class High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure. This infrastructure will be made available across Europe for scientific communities as well as public and private partners, no matter where supercomputers are located. The EuroHPC infrastructure will upraise Europe's scientific capabilities and industrial competitiveness and will ensure joint procuring and deploying Exascale supercomputers (capable of at least a billion billion or 1018 calculations per second) accessible from everywhere in Europe and based on competitive European technologies.
The EuroHPC declaration was originally launched in March 2017 during the Digital Day and signed by France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. Belgium, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Greece and Croatia have joined them in this effort ever since.
With this signature, the Czech Republic announced that it intends to join the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU), which has been proposed by the European Commission on 11 January 2018, when it will be adopted by the Council of the European Union.
This legal and funding entity will enable pooling European and national resources with the aim of:
- acquiring by 2020 and providing to Europe's scientific and industrial users a world-class pre-exascale (a hundred million billion or 1017 calculations per second) supercomputing infrastructure matching their demanding application requirements;
- supporting the development of European supercomputing technology including the first generation of European low-power microprocessor technology, and the co-design of European exascale machines;
- fostering applications and skills development and a wider use of HPC.
With a total budget of approximately EUR 1 billion, the JU is foreseen to start operating in 2019 and will remain operational until the end of 2026.
The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking will provide financial support in the form of procurement or R&I grants to participants following open and competitive calls.
The planned infrastructure will be jointly owned and operated by its members consisting at first of the countries that have signed the EuroHPC declaration and private members from academia and industry. Other members can join this cooperation at any moment, provided their financial contribution.
More information on the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking can be found: