4 April was the closing date for the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking’s first call for expressions of interest for hosting entities for precursor to exascale supercomputers.

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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, in early 2019 it opened its first calls for expressions of interest. These were aimed at selecting the hosting entities in member countries that will host the precursor to exascale supercomputers that the Joint Undertaking intends to acquire.

Call for hosting entities for precursor to exascale supercomputers: key figures

  • Proposals received: three proposals, from Finland, Italy and Spain, with a total value of more than € 650 million
  • Hosting entities that submitted a proposal: CSC, Cineca, Barcelona Supercomputing Center
  • Number of participating countries involved in the proposals: 14 countries in three consortia.

The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking will evaluate these proposals in April and May with the help of independent experts. Based on the evaluation results, the Governing Board of the Joint Undertaking will select the successful proposals in its meeting in early June. The results of the call will be announced shortly afterwards.

The Joint Undertaking will acquire the supercomputers in close cooperation with the selected hosting entities, and will own them. The acquisition process should start in July, with the installation in the selected hosting entities taking place during the second 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 and will not exceed 50 % of the total access time for the supercomputer. 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).

Reminder: The Joint Undertaking’s call for hosting entities for petascale supercomputers will close on 15 April 2019.

Visit the website of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking.