The European Commission has opened a consultation on the High Performance Computing Initiative in Europe. The Commission wants to gather stakeholders’ opinions on the key areas of the future EU-wide initiative on HPC that will support the development of the next generation of computing and data infrastructure in Europe.

High Performance Computing (HPC) has great potential for science, society and the economy in the European Union. Supercomputing can effectively address societal and scientific challenges such as personalised medicine, decoding the human brain, forecasting climate change or mitigating large-scale industrial and natural disasters. (see blog post  by Vice-President Ansip on HPC).

Academia, the private sector, representatives of public institutions involved in HPC developments and users are invited to share their opinions on topics such as:

  • Main challenges to the current state of HPC in Europe
  • Added-value of EU coordinated action
  • Main objectives of the EuroHPC initiative
  • Set-up of the EuroHPC initiative (time-frame, participants and their role, responsibilities)

Respond to the consultation by 5 September 2017.

The results of the consultation will help define EuroHPC, the new EU legal and financial instrument that will implement the European HPC initiative. The initiative will help building a high-performance computing ecosystem to be based as far as possible on European technology, and ensure access to a world-class integrated supercomputing and data infrastructure.

Background

The European HPC initiative was announced by the European Commission in the Communication on the Mid-Term Review of the Digital Single Market Strategy and in the European Cloud Initiative. The European Parliament and Council have also recognised the strategic importance of HPC. Support for the development of an integrated world-class HPC and data infrastructure in Europe was boosted this year with the EuroHPC Declaration that was signed by nine EU Member States: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain. All other Member States are invited to sign the declaration as well.

The HPC initiative builds on existing cooperation in some HPC areas among Member States, industry and science stakeholders such as the Partnership for advanced computing in Europe (PRACE), the European technology platform for High Performance Computing (ETP4HPC) and the pan-European data network for the research and education community linking national research and education networks across Europe (GÉANT).

The European Commission intends to adopt the new legal instrument EuroHPC in 2018 and put the HPC initiative in place by 2019 at the latest, thereby making top-class HPC infrastructure and services available to a wide range of users e.g. large industry and SMEs, as well as the public sector. This will also support the European Open Science Cloud and allow millions of researchers to share and analyse data in a trusted environment across technologies, disciplines and borders.