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Video: Competence Centres in HPC – their Role in European Innovation

In this video from the HPE Conference, Bastian Koller from HLRS discusses Competence Centres in HPC and their role in European innovation. “The Centres of Excellence (CoE) develop leading edge technologies to promote the adoption of advanced HPC in industry and public administration, and increase competitiveness for European companies and SMEs through access to CoE expertise and services.”

MEEP Project to support European technology in Exascale Supercomputers

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) launched the MareNostrum Experimental Exascale Platform (MEEP). The new project will support EuroHPC in its effort to create competitive European technology integrated into future exascale supercomputers. “The ultimate goal is to create an open full-stack (software and hardware) ecosystem that could form the foundation for many other European systems, both in high-performance computing (HPC) and embedded computing, with benefits for numerous stakeholders within academia and industry.”

Exascale in Europe

Europe has developed a strategy for exascale computing, through partnerships and collaboration of European HPC vendors, academic institutions and HPC centers. It aims to deliver exascale-class systems and place the continent in the top three powers for supercomputing and science and industry using HPC. “It is a major step forward for Europe to reach the next level of computing capacity; it will help us to advance in future-oriented technologies, like the Internet of Things (Iot), AI, robotics and data analytics.”

European SiPearl Startup designing microprocessor for Exascale

Today European chip startup SiPearl announced it is moving into its operational phase. The company is now the 27th member of the European Processor Initiative (EPI) consortium. “By delivering supercomputing power, energy efficiency and backdoor-free security, the solutions that we are developing with support from the EPI members will enable Europe to gain its independence and, more importantly, to ensure its technological sovereignty on the market for high performance computing, which has become one of the key drivers for economic growth”, explains Philippe Notton, SiPearl’s CEO.

EuroHPC Sets Stage for Pre-Exascale LUMI Supercomputer at CSC in Finland

Today the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking signed today a Hosting Agreement for one of the three pre-exascale supercomputers at CSC’s datacenter in Kajaani, Finland. “EuroHPC JU is pooling European resources to develop top-of-the-range exascale supercomputers for processing big data, based on competitive European technology with the support of European Union. The first aim of EuroHPC is to purchase three pre-exascale supercomputers for Europe by the year 2021.”

EuroHPC – The European Strategy for Supercomputing

Jean-Marc Denis from EPI gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking is a 1 billion Euro joint initiative between the EU and European countries to develop a World Class Supercomputing Ecosystem in Europe. EuroHPC will permit the EU and participating countries to coordinate their efforts and share resources with the objective of deploying in Europe a world-class supercomputing infrastructure and a competitive innovation ecosystem in supercomputing technologies, applications and skills.”

Podcast: ExaScale is a 4-way Competition

In this podcast, the RadioFree team discusses the 4-way competition for Exascale computing between the US, China, Japan, and Europe. “The European effort is targeting 2 pre-exa installation in the coming months, and 2 actual ExaScale installations in the 2022-2023 timeframe at least one of which will be based on European technology.”

Future MareNostrum 5 Supercomputer at BSC to host Made-in-Europe Technologies

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center announced plans to host EuroHPC processor technologies within its future Mare Norstrom 5 supercomputer. “Offering an heterogenous architecture, probably based on two big clusters with different characteristics, is BSC’s proposal to optimize both response times and energy use of the different works that the future supercomputer will have to compute. The details of this heterogenous architecture will be defined as the works of definition and the infrastructure tender progress.”

Video: LUMI Supercomputer at CSC to run on Sustainable Energy

Today CSC in Finland announced that its datacenter in Kajaani will host a pan-European high-performance supercomputer. The machine will be about ten times more powerful than the most powerful supercomputer currently in Europe. “The investment will make CSC’s datacenter one of the world’s largest players in the field of high-performance computing,” said Kimmo Koski, Managing Director, CSC.

EU Funds Eight Pre-exascale Supercomputers

The European Union has selected eight supercomputing centers to host pre-exascale supercomputers. “In total, 19 of the 28 countries participating in the Joint Undertaking will be part of the consortia operating the centers. Together with EU funds, it represents a total budget of € 840 million. The exact funding arrangements for the new supercomputers will be reflected in hosting agreements that will be signed soon.