European Commission wants supercomputer in the world top three




The European Commission will in 2020 two prototypes of supercomputers which one needs to compete in the top three in the world in terms of computing power. Europe would lag behind hpc area. In addition, a cloud service for scientific research.

Details on the required supercomputers, the European Commission, but during the announcement accused Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for the Digital Market, the fact that Europe no longer plays major role in the Top500 supercomputers. “Worldwide, the US, China, Japan, Russia and India, fast forward,” according to an accompanying document . Europe would lie behind due to lack of investment in high performance computing, while there is a need to put in exascalecomputing for research purposes.

In addition, the European Commission announced the “European Open Science Cloud ‘or EOSC to. This should be the 1.7 million researchers in the European Union and, in time, 70 million Europeans working in the technology sector to access a common platform for the storage, analysis and management of scientific data. This year must be the development of start. Among others, the platform ensures interoperability protocols and specifications, which scientists now have a threshold for sharing and reuse of research data.

In addition, it must put an end to the fragmentation of the scientific data infrastructure between countries and institutions. In 2017 all data arising from research in which the EU as part of the Horizon 2020 initiative to grant financial support, are freely available. Once the public sector gains access, not all data access more free, the European Commission provides. The EOSC also get a system for the management of intellectual property and a payment option.

To support the cloud service comes new infrastructure include the sharing of large amounts of data between countries should be faster. The European Data Infrastructure will not only consist of fast connections, but also include supercomputer capacities and take the storage cost.

The initiative would cost 6.7 billion euros, the estimate of the European Commission. This money would be 2 billion from the European game of the Horizon 2020 initiative. The remaining 4.7 billion should be made available over a period of five years from a combination of private and public parties. This money should go to infrastructure EUR 3.5 billion and EUR 1 billion for a Europe-wide research on quantum technologies. This initiative for quantum computers must go in 2018 launched.

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