Ministers from seven European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain) have signed a declaration to support the next generation of computing and data infrastructures, a European project of the size of Airbus in the 1990s and of Galileo in the 2000s.

"Europe needs integrated world-class capability in supercomputing to be ahead in the global race. Today's declaration is a great step forward." Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market.

The Member States plan to establish EuroHPC for acquiring and deploying an integrated world-class high-performance computing infrastructure capable of at least 10 to 18th power calculations per second (so-called exascale computers). This will be available across the EU for scientific communities, industry and the public sector, no matter where the users are located.

Read the full press release.

Read the text of the Declaration.

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