Norway joins EuroHPC Joint Undertaking

By signing the declaration for the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU), Norway has committed to be one of the founding members of the EuroHPC.
In January, The European Commission (EC) announced the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU). The EuroHPC JU is a legal  and  funding  entity, in which its plan is to pool European resources to develop top-of-the-range exascale supercomputers for processing big data, based on competitive European technology, in order to extend and broaden the European HPC efforts and to make Europe in HPC world top three.  
The goal of the EuroHPC JU will be to acquire systems with pre-exascale performance  by 2020, and to support the development of exascale (a billion billion or 1018 calculations per second) systems based on competitive European technology by 2022-2023. 

What's in it for us?

Norway has recently decided to be a part of this European HPC initiative.
By joining the EuroHPC JU, Norwegian scientists can get access to the EU share of the machine. However, the access rights and mechanisms are yet to be defined. The EuroHPC JU total budget is around EUR 1 billion. Half of the funding will be provided by the European Commission, and half by the European countries.  
Further assessments are currently being done regarding what financial contributions (for dedicated access) and in-kind contributions Norway should make and how. 
Read more about the EuroHPC and the impact for Norwegian researchers on the Research Council of Norway's webpages