Council agrees on European high-performance computing joint undertaking
On 25 June 2018, the Council agreed to give a boost to a high-performance computing ecosystem by establishing a new European joint undertaking.
The joint undertaking will oversee the pooling of resources within Europe to develop supercomputers for processing big data, which is essential for addressing current major scientific and societal challenges.
The European high-performance computing ("EuroHPC") joint undertaking will take the form of a public-private partnership. It will provide a legal, contractual and organisational framework to its members. The members of the joint undertaking will be the EU, individual EU countries, third countries associated to the Horizon 2020 programme, and private associations. The joint undertaking will remain open to the participation of new members. It will run until the end of 2026 and be based in Luxembourg.
The EuroHPC joint undertaking will be financed from the EU's general budget (€ 386 million from the Horizon 2020, € 100 million from Connecting Europe Facility), individual contributions from participating EU member states, participating third countries and private investment.
The joint undertaking is expected to start operating at the latest by early 2019 in order to reach the target of equipping the EU with a pre-exascale and petascale infrastructure by 2020, and developing the necessary technologies and applications for reaching exascale (which allows at least 1018 calculations per second) capabilities around 2022 to 2023.