The Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) is pooling EU and national resources to build world-class supercomputing (also known as high performance computing, HPC) and data infrastructures in Europe, to be made available to researchers, the public sector, and industry.
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, welcomed Switzerland’s decision:
Our plans to work together to ensure that Europe becomes a global force in supercomputing are now gaining real momentum, and an excellent basis for shaping the EU’s next budget. We are particularly happy that Switzerland, which already has a distinguished record in supercomputing, has chosen to join our efforts.
Switzerland’s own national supercomputing centre was founded in 1991. It is the home of several supercomputers, including Piz Daint, which is currently Europe’s fastest supercomputer, and the fifth most powerful in the world. The centre is one of the five hosting members of PRACE (the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe), which have committed to funding and providing computing and data management resources for the organisation and its 26 member countries.
The goals of EuroHPC JU are:
- acquiring and providing across Europe by 2020 a world-class pre-exascale supercomputing infrastructure, in order to match the demanding application requirements of European academic and industrial users (exascale systems can perform a billion billion or 1018 calculations per second);
- 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 the wider use of high performance computing.
The Joint Undertaking began operating in November 2018 and launched its first calls for expressions of interest in early 2019. It will continue operating to the end of 2026. The Commission will provide around €486 million of funding for the JU, matched by a similar amount from its member countries. Moreover, as part of its planned Digital Europe programme for 2021-27, the Commission has proposed to provide €2.7 billion for supercomputing in Europe, including further support for the Joint Undertaking.
Visit the website of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking.