• Posted 29-Nov-2019

The way is open to building world-class supercomputers in Europe

Hosting agreements have been signed between the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) and the eight sites where its first supercomputers will be located.

In June 2019, the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking announced the selection of eight sites for supercomputing centres across the EU.  These new supercomputers will  be made accessible to European researchers, industry and businesses, to develop new applications in areas such as artificial intelligence and personalised medicine, drug and material design, bio-engineering, weather forecasting, and combatting climate change. Representatives of these eight sites (hosting entities) today in Strasbourg celebrated the signature of hosting agreements with the EuroHPC JU, which has just welcomed its thirtieth member, North Macedonia.

These agreements are contractual documents that define the roles, rights and obligations of each hosting entity. The procurement process for the eight new supercomputers can now begin.

Three of the new machines will be pre-exascale supercomputers (capable of executing more than 150 Petaflops, or 150 million billion calculations per second). They will be located at the following supercomputing centres:

  • Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, Spain
  • CSC – IT Center for Science, Finland
  • CINECA, Italy.

The other five machines will be petascale supercomputers (capable of executing more than one Petaflop, or 1 million billion calculations per second). These five petascale supercomputers will be co-owned by the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking and will be located in the following supercomputing centres:

  • Sofiatech, Bulgaria
  • IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center, Czech Republic
  • Luxprovide, Luxembourg
  • Minho Advanced Computing Centre, Portugal
  • IZUM, Slovenia.

Now that the hosting agreements have been signed, calls for tender for the procurement (acquisition, installation and maintenance) of these eight supercomputers are being published. The call for tender for the procurement of the three pre-exascale supercomputers will be online in the next few days, while the call for tender for the procurement of the five petascale supercomputers will follow before the end of 2019. You can follow the EuroHPC JU website and Twitter feed for more information.

The petascale supercomputers are expected to start operating in mid-2020, and the pre-exascale supercomputers to be accessible by the end of 2020.

Source: Digital Single Market News (http://bit.ly/35IMjf0)