The need for powerful computers is growing, says Catherine Rivière chair of PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe. If we are going to tackle modern challenges – personalised medicines, sustainable energy supply and climate change – and improve industrial processes, we will need “new tools to cope with big data; new working processes to take into account multi-disciplinary problems and teams; and new physical models,” she said. Access to supercomputers is essential for industrial competitiveness and top-class science, and Europe’s international competitors are well aware of this. “For the US administration, to out-compute is to out-compete,” Rivière noted.
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