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20 Jun 2018

EP's ITRE votes in favour of HPC

The European Parliament's (EP) Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee voted in favour of supporting a plan to acquire and develop European high-performance computers (HPC) at its meeting on 19 June 2018.

The HPC project has been launched by the European Commission. It would run until 31 December 2026 and receive €468 in EU funding. In addition countries taking part are expected to contribute the same amount, while the private sector would then also pay €422 million. The project has been initiated against the background of the fact that none of the world's 10 most powerful supercomputers are currently in the EU, even though the research community requires them to use big data and advance scientific discoveries.

So-called super computers are machines capable of processing one million billion operations per second and are used for anything from artificial intelligence to cryptography and climate modelling. By the early 2020s computers capable of a quintillion (meaning one billion billion) operations per second are expected.

The EP plenary will vote on HPC during its plenary session on 3 July 2018.

For more information:

EP - press release

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