EuroHPC Issues Call to Host Industrial Supercomputers: March 4 Deadline

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Feb. 8, 2024 — The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) has launched a call for expression of interest to select hosting entities for industrial-grade supercomputers, which will be acquired by the EuroHPC JU together with a consortium of private partners.

The EuroHPC JU will select the hosting entities for the industrial-grade supercomputers and the associated consortia of private partners. The EuroHPC JU will conclude with each of the hosting entities a hosting agreement, to establish a stable and structured partnership between the EuroHPC JU and the hosting entities for the acquisition and operation of such supercomputers or partitions of the EuroHPC supercomputers.

Applications must be submitted by 30/04/2024 at 17:00 CET. More details and all supporting documents are available on this dedicated webpage.

The industrial-grade supercomputer is defined as at least a mid-range supercomputer specifically designed with security, confidentiality and data integrity requirements for industrial users, which are more demanding than for a scientific use.

The EuroHPC JU will procure at least one industrial supercomputers in 2024 with a total EU contribution of EUR 12.2 million. The new industrial supercomputers will be co-funded by the EuroHPC JU budget stemming from the Digital Europe Programme (DEP) and by contributions from relevant EuroHPC JU participating states. The EuroHPC JU shall cover up to 35% of the acquisition costs of the industrial-grade supercomputers.

By adding to its fleet of European world-class supercomputers industrial-grade supercomputers specifically tailored to the needs of industrial users, the EuroHPC JU will address the growing demand from industries for computing resources. This EuroHPC industrial-grade infrastructure will be instrumental in boosting the innovation potential of enterprises in Europe.

The mission of the EuroHPC JU is:

  • to develop, deploy, extend and maintain in the European Union a federated, secure hyperconnected supercomputing, quantum computing, service and data infrastructure ecosystem;
  • to support the development and uptake of demand-oriented and user-driven innovative and competitive supercomputing systems based on a supply chain that will ensure components, technologies and knowledge limiting the risk of disruptions and the development of a wide range of applications optimised for these systems;
  • to widen the use of that supercomputing infrastructure to a large number of public and private users, and support the twin transition and the development of key skills for European science and industry.

The EuroHPC JU has already procured nine supercomputers, located across Europe:  LUMI in Finland, LEONARDO in Italy,  MareNostrum5 in Spain, Vega in Slovenia, MeluXina in Luxembourg, Discoverer in Bulgaria, Karolina in the Czech Republic, Deucalion in Portugal and JUPITER, the first European exascale supercomputer, in Germany, which will mark a milestone for the EuroHPC JU in 2024.

The deployment of an additional supercomputer is underway in Greece: Daedalus, with plans for more, including a second EuroHPC exascale supercomputer, to be hosted by the Jules Verne consortium in France and several mid-range supercomputers across Europe.

An ongoing call for expression of interest for the hosting and operation of European quantum computers integrated in HPC supercomputers is open until 31 March 2024.

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