European high-performance computing joint undertaking [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Vincent Reillon (1st edition),

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Following a declaration made by seven EU Member States in March 2017, the European Commission adopted a proposal to establish a joint undertaking for high-performance computing (HPC) under Article 187 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) on 11 January 2018. The proposed regulation would establish the joint undertaking for the period to 31 December 2026 and provide it with €486 million in EU funds from the Horizon 2020 and Connecting Europe Facility programmes. Participating states are expected to provide an equivalent contribution to the joint undertaking, and the private sector is expected to commit €422 million in additional funds.

The joint undertaking would be charged with the joint procurement of two pre-exascale supercomputers for the Union. It would also implement an HPC research and innovation programme to support the European HPC ecosystem in developing technologies to reach exascale performance by 2022-2023.


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