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24 Oct 2017

Ten Member States plus Switzerland commit to high-performance computing

On 20 October 2017, Switzerland joined the Euro High Performance Computing (HPC) state cooperation to set up a supercomputing infrastructure capable of carrying out calculations a hundred times faster than by megascale computers at the moment. The initiative, launched in March 2017, has been co-signed by France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Slovenia and Bulgaria. HPC’s role is to support the digital industrial revolution in various fields. The EU contributes €700 million in a contractual public-private partnership (cPPP) to HPC through the Horizon 2020 programme.

On the same day, the Commission published the results of its public consultation on high-performance computing. The problems identified are limited interaction between industry and the academic world, deep fragmentation in HPC programmes, Europe’s dependence on non-EU suppliers for critical technology & systems, and insufficient resources and insufficient access to HPC resources for science.

By the end of 2017, the European Commission, together with all signatory states, will establish a roadmap with implementation milestones. The Commission encourages other states to join EuroHPC as well.

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