In September 2020 the Commission set out a new ambitious mission to lead on supercomputing with a proposed regulation that includes a significantly higher budget of
EuroHPC brings together 28 participating countries, and 2 private partners in 16 countries
With the current EU budget of over €1 billion for 2019-2020, the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking is:
acquiring and deploying 8 new top supercomputers, worth €830 million, benefiting users including the public sector, industry and SMEs, no matter where they are located;
3 of these supercomputers will be in the world’s top 5, and the other 5 will be in the world’s top 50.
supporting a research and innovation agenda, worth €370 million, to develop supercomputing hardware and software, applications and skills.
SUPERCOMPUTERS IN ACTION
Supercomputers, also known as high-performance computing, are advanced systems capable of dealing with complex matters in health, energy, engineering, climate research and many more. It will also soon be possible to build computers that combine quantum and classical computing, able to perform large operations in parallel.
Supercomputers are a strategic asset for our society to:
Monitor and mitigate the effects of climate change, for example with the Destination Earth initiative
Search for new treatments e.g. a potential treatment for the coronavirus, better understand neurological disorders, and develop new medicines
Design safer and greener cars and aircraft, reduce development time, minimise costs, and optimise decision processes in manufacturing
- supports the digitisation of industry and innovation in automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, chemicals, energy and health.
- is key to boosting innovation, and scientific breakthroughs. For example, the Nobel Prizes for Physics 2017 were awarded for detecting gravitational waves with help of supercomputers.
A new proposed regulation on EuroHPC
With the EuroHPC regulation the Commission proposes a significantly higher budget until 2033, to:
expand and deploy in the EU a world-class supercomputing and data infrastructure, also in view of having 3 supercomputers in the world’s top 5;
make the supercomputing and quantum computing resources accessible to all users across Europe, including SMEs, and provide them with training on necessary skills;
provide secure cloudbased services for the European public data space, as presented in the 2020 European Data Strategy;
develop and deploy a quantum computing infrastructure to solve complex problems.