IDC has published a new report for the European Commission that recommends an unprecidented supercomputing strategy for Europe. To help Europe advance to achieve worldwide scientific and industrial leadership, the report recommends that the EC step up investments in HPC resources between now and the year 2020.
Looking ahead to what will be needed for success in 2020, Earl Joseph, IDC program vice president for HPC, noted that: “The cost and complexity of the next generation of HPC systems mean that Europe must be selective in its investments. The proposed strategy exploits Europe’s existing strengths, including advanced software development, and could help make Europe the world leader in areas that will be crucial for global economic competitiveness in the 21st century.”
The report further recommends substantially greater investment in HPC facilities and the technical skills and training needed to take advantage of them. The cost of developing Exascale HPC systems is such that no one European country can afford on its own to compete with the U.S. and others. European cooperation is vital, the report says.