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The EU is investing 1 billion euros in supercomputers

According to Brussels, the EU is set to in the future get its own HPC headquarters (High Performance Computing) in order to provide researchers and companies with a better base for development.

23 Jan. 2018
Kai Tubessing
The EU is investing 1 billion euros in supercomputers (Photo: Europäische Kommission)

Although Europe does have a number of supercomputers, the EU is planning the creation of a considerably more efficient infrastructure . For this purpose, the project EuroHPC JU (European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking) was launched and provided with appropriate financial resources. But not only the desire for more power is in the foreground. Research and companies using the systems benefit from risk minimization in the areas of privacy, data protection and information security.

The project is aimed particularly at small and medium-sized enterprises, which should thus have easier access to fast and secure facilities. EuroHPC is an association of the EU as an administrative unit, its 13 member states as well as partners from research and industry. The project will run until 2026, with a total investment of € 1 billion, of which Brussels will take on € 486 million. As a result, the expanded computing capacities of industry and research could be available as early as 2020.

In view of the Top Ten List of the fastest supercomputers in the world, Europe is currently trailing behind China and the United States. The third-placed system is the one in Switzerland , which, while not a member of the EU, is also one of the signatories to the EuroHPC Declaration .