High Performance Computing, the future of the EU

By Wednesday April 25th, 2018High Performance Computing

On April 19th, the conference “Shaping Europe’s Digital Future: HPC for Extreme Scale Scientific and Industrial Applications” took place in Sofia (Bulgaria).

“Shaping Europe’s Digital Future”, formally opened by Mariya Gabriel – European Commissioner of Digital Economy and Society -, discussed the role of High Performance Computing (HPC) in the transformation of the EU’s digital future.

The event, organized by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, was attended by about 130 professionals from both the academia and the private sector who had the opportunity to share information and present their ideas on the potential HPC in the context of the European Union.

In addition, numerous solutions were presented for a wide range of social, scientific and industrial challenges. In parallel, the European HPC strategy was presented and the impact of the EC’s proposal on the EuroHPC joint venture on European scientific, economic and social advances, including digital skills, was discussed. The event was jointly organized by the Bulgarian Presidency and the European Commission.

 To see the agenda of the event, click here.
If you want to know the conclusions of the event, click
here.

What is High Performance Computing (HPC)

High performance computing (HPC) is the use of supercomputers and parallel processing techniques to solve complex computational problems. In the digital age, it is a strategic resource for the future of Europe.

High performance computing, which allows the processing of large amounts of data, is the core of the main advances and innovations in the digital era.

 High Performance Computing (HPC) European Strategy

 In March 2017, during the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, a group of Member States signed the EuroHPC declaration. They agreed to work together and with the EC in the context of a multi-government agreement to acquire and deploy, by 2022/2023, a pan-European integrated exascale supercomputing infrastructure: EuroHPC.

The EU investment until the end of 2020 is close to 1,000 million euros, while another 4,000 million euros are foreseen for the next MFP. Funding at the EU level will support R&D collaboration and guarantee cross-border access to high performance computing (HPC) and data infrastructure.

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