On 15 April, the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking’s first call for expressions of interest for hosting entities for petascale supercomputers closed.

The Joint Undertaking brings together the European Commission and 28 participating countries to build a world-class supercomputing infrastructure and ecosystem in Europe. Launched in November 2018, the EuroHPC opened in early 2019 its first calls for expressions of interest. These included a call to select the hosting entities for the petascale supercomputers to be acquired by the Joint Undertaking jointly with the member countries where the hosting entity is established.

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Next steps

The Joint Undertaking will evaluate these proposals in April and May, along with those from the recent call for hosting entities for precursor to exascale supercomputers, with the help of independent experts. Based on the evaluation results, the Governing Board of the Joint Undertaking will select the successful proposals in early June. The results of the call will be announced shortly afterwards.

The acquisition process should start in July, with the installation in the selected hosting entities taking place during the first half of 2020.

The share of the Joint Undertaking’s access time to each of the new supercomputers will be directly proportional to the financial contribution of the EU to the acquisition costs of these supercomputers. This access time will be made available to research users from all EU Member States and Horizon 2020-associated countries via an open competition procedure.

Each of the countries participating in the proposals of successful hosting entities will be allocated a share of the remaining access time to the supercomputers. The participating countries will agree among themselves the distribution of this access time.

All the new supercomputers will be connected to each other and to the existing supercomputer network of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE).

Visit the website of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking.