Malta becomes the 33rd member of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, rejoining the other 26 Member States and 6 Associated Countries in this strategic initiative, which is pooling EU and national resources to build world-class high performance computing (HPC, also known as supercomputing) and data infrastructures in Europe. Supercomputing is one of the essential pillars of the Digital Decade, the Commission's vision for the digital transformation of Europe by 2030, and an indispensable strategic capability for achieving EU digital sovereignty. Europe’s ambition is to become a world leader in high-performance computing and in quantum computing, the next technological frontier, in the coming years.
High Performance Computing & Quantum Technology (Unit C.2)
The European Commission together with the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking and the Government of Slovenia have inaugurated the operation of the Vega Supercomputer at a high-level ceremony in Maribor, Slovenia on Monday. This marks the launch of a first EU supercomputer procured jointly with EU and Member State funds, with a joint investment of €17.2 million.
The EuroHPC Summit Week (EHPCSW) 2021 will gather the main European HPC stakeholders from technology suppliers and HPC infrastructures to scientific and industrial HPC users in Europe. As in previous years, PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, organises the eighth edition of its Scientific and Industrial Conference (PRACEdays21) within the EHPCSW 2021. PRACEdays21 will bring together experts from academia and industry who will present their advancements in HPC-supported science and engineering. The EHPCSW 2021 will provide a great opportunity for the attendees to network.
Today the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking, which pools European resources to buy and deploy world-class supercomputers and technologies, announced the signature for a contract worth €20 million for a new supercomputing system: Deucalion in Portugal. The EU will contribute nearly €7 million to the cost of the supercomputer, which will be capable of up to 10 petaflops or 10 million billion calculations per second, and will be hosted by the Minho Advanced Computing Centre (MACC).
High Performance Computing or Supercomputing has become an indispensable asset in the global data economy crucial to address societal challenges and increase the competitiveness of industry, including of small and medium sized enterprises. It enables complex modelling and simulation, and thus extracting valuable knowledge from large amounts of data. In combination with Artificial Intelligence it has an enormous potential to contribute to developing new treatments based on personalised medicine, reducing the time to market for innovative products or predicting the effects of climate change.
The second quantum revolution is unfolding now. The European Union and its Member States are building the innovation ecosystem and infrastructures needed to create the next generation of disruptive quantum technologies that will effect Europe’s society, making the region a worldwide knowledge-based industry and technological leader in the field.
The European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking, which pools European resources to buy and deploy world-class supercomputers and technologies, announced this week the signature for a contract worth €11.5 million for a new supercomputing system in Bulgaria. The new system will be capable of more than 4.4 petaflops, and will be hosted by Sofiatech.
The Exscalate4CoV consortium, coordinated by Dompé farmaceutici, has conducted the biggest supercomputing experiment ever done on the SARS-CoV-2 virus in order to find potential drugs to treat COVID-19.
Five research organisations from the EU and South Korea have signed a letter of intent (LOI) for international joint research on COVID-19 treatment. This agreement covers the exchange of clinical and nonclinical trial information related to their research on COVID-19 treatment using the repurposed Raloxifene molecule.
VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) and IQM have signed an agreement to collaborate in building Finland’s first quantum computer.
European Quantum Week (EQW) is an online event that will run from 2 to 6 November 2020, in parallel with the Berlin Science Week.
The Italian pharmaceutical regulatory agency, AIFA, has greenlighted a clinical trial for the use of Raloxifene in patients with mild symptoms caused by the coronavirus.
The European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking, which pools European resources to buy and deploy world-class supercomputers and technologies, has co-signed a contract worth €144.5 million to acquire the LUMI supercomputer. Europe is at the forefront of investment in next-generation supercomputing infrastructure that will be accessible to all European researchers, industry and businesses, to run hundreds of new applications in artificial intelligence and personalised medicine, drug and material design, genomics, weather forecasting, combatting climate change and many more.
Estonia joins 24 other European countries to build a quantum communication infrastructure spanning the EU and its overseas territories (EuroQCI).
On Thursday, the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking, together with CINECA, a leading supercomputing centre, have announced the European company Atos as the awarded vendor for the procurement of LEONARDO, a new world-class supercomputer, powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI).
In 2018, the Quantum Technologies Flagship set sail. This was the start of what is expected to be a ten-year voyage supporting several thousand EU researchers as they explore the potential of quantum technologies. The Flagship recently reached the halfway point of its three-year ramp-up phase, an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved so far, and to set ambitious targets for the years ahead.
Not all heroes wear capes. Take supercomputers for example. From simulating drug molecules against the pandemic to better understanding neurological disorders, from predicting and monitoring the effects of global warming to designing innovative products and materials, supercomputers have become central in our everyday lives, even though they remain discreet in mainstream media.
Today, the Commission takes further steps in the Digital Decade agenda to strengthen Europe's digital sovereignty, as announced by President Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the Union Address on Wednesday. The Commission has proposed a new Regulation for the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking to maintain and advance Europe’s leading role in supercomputing and quantum computing.
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The Commission proposes this new Regulation for the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking to maintain and advance Europe’s leading role in supercomputing and quantum computing.