European Commission wants €1 billion investment in European supercomputers

European Commission reveals its plan to invest EUR 486 million in supercomputers

The Sunway TaihuLight and Tianhe-2 (Milkyway-2), which are the fastest super computers according to the website's ranking, are also situated in China. The announcement of the European Commission (EC) put on the table the importance of the technological future, above all in topics such as computer science.

EuroHPC shall acquire, build and deploy across Europe a world-class High-Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure.

The EU's contribution in EuroHPC will be around €486 million under the current multiannual fnancial framework, matched by a similar amount from member states and associated countries.

The commission expects to have this system in place by 2022 and said the programme is "crucial for the EU's competitiveness and independence in the data economy".

"We want to give European researchers and companies world-leading supercomputer capacity by 2020", Ansip said in a statement.

Ansip said the move will help in the development of technologies, including artificial intelligence and the building of applications for use in areas such as health, security, and engineering. That poses a risk that sensitive personal information, trade secrets and other data could leak or be stolen.

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The European Commission has announced a plan to invest Euro 1 billion of public funds in improving the EU's infrastructure for high-performance computing.

The EuroHPC joint undertaking will be operational in 2019-2026. The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking aims to acquire systems with pre-exascale performance (a hundred million billion or 10 calculations per second), and support the development of exascale (a billion billion or 10 calculations per second), performance systems based on European Union technology, by 2022-2023. The second is that the Commission has identified a lack of HPC resources within European borders.

Other top ten machines are located in Japan, US and everywhere but Europe (other than Switzerland, which is not part of the EU but an "associated country.") The only large European player is Atos SE, which built the Bull Sequana shown above.

"Supercomputers are already at the core of major advancements and innovations in many areas directly affecting the daily lives of European citizens", said Mariya Gabriel, Chief Gaggler for Digital Economy and Society.

Supercomputers are generally measured through FLOPS, and the world's most powerful models can process hundreds of quatrillions of these. "They can help us to develop personalized medicine, save energy and fight against climate change more efficiently".

About 202 of the world's fastest supercomputers are located in China, whereas there are only 143 that are situated in the United States, the website Top500 reports.

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