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Top 500 Article: Europeans Budget 1.4 Billion Euros To Build Next-Generation Supercomputers

By October 1, 2018May 12th, 2021No Comments

Funding for the European High Performance Computing (EuroHPC) Joint Undertaking has been allocated to deploy the region’s initial batch of pre-exascale supercomputers, as well as drive development of an indigenous ecosystem for high performance computing.
According to the European Union’s press release posted on September 28, “[t]he Joint Undertaking will have a budget of €1 billion, half from the EU budget and half from participating European Member States. Additional resources to the value of over €400 million will come from private partners.” At this point, 25 European countries have signed on to the endeavor.
Nonetheless, a shift to greater supercomputing autonomy will be a heavy lift for the EU. The current set of global HPC technologies, associated supply chains, and vendor arrangements have developed over decades and supplanting them with domestic alternatives will require a big upfront investment. The Europeans hope to ease that transition, at least partially, by latching on to Arm and RISC-V as the basis for its next-generation supercomputers. There is also the recognition that basic hardware required for HPC, like memory, disks, and other server componentry, will continue to be provided by global commodity suppliers, at least for the foreseeable future.
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