EuroHPC JU launches first calls for expressions of interest to select sites
The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) has launched its first calls for expressions of interest to select the sites that will host its first supercomputers by the end of 2020. Two calls are now open: one for hosting entities for petascale supercomputers (with a performance level capable of executing at least 1015 operations per second, or 1 Petaflop), and one for hosting entities for precursor to exascale supercomputers (with a performance level capable of executing more than 150 Petaflops). The Joint Undertaking plans to acquire at least two of each kind of machine. A hosting entity is an existing national supercomputing centre located in a Member State that is participating in the Joint Undertaking.
The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking was set up in 2018, with the aim of equipping the EU by the end of 2020 with a world-class supercomputing infrastructure, to support the development of leading scientific, public sector and industrial applications in many domains, including personalised medicine, bio-engineering, weather forecasting and tackling climate change, discovering new materials and medicines, oil and gas exploration, designing new planes and cars, and smart cities. In addition to the above plans, the Joint Undertaking aims to acquire by 2022/23 exascale supercomputers, capable of 1018 operations per second, with at least one based on European HPC technology.
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