European High-Performance Computing
European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking
In 2018, Norway signed the declaration for the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking.
By pooling European resources to develop top-of-the range exascale supercomputers for processing big data, based on competative European technology, the European HPC efforts will be extended.
What is EuroHPC JU?
The European Commission (EC) on 11. January announced the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU). The plan is to pool European resources to develop top-of-the-range exascale supercomputers for processing big data, based on competitive European technology.
The EuroHPC JU is a legal and funding entity, which will enable pooling of the Union's and national resources on High-Performance Computer (HPC) with the aim of acquiring and providing a world-class pre-exascale supercomputing infrastructure to Europe's scientific and industrial users, matching their demanding application requirements by 2020, and by 2022/2023 to have in place exascale supercomputers based on competitive EU technology.
Norway is one of the founding members of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU). The plans for EuroHPC will give contributors predictable access to very advanced HPC resources, including (pre-)exascale systems and high level support.
What is LUMI?
One of the pan-European pre-exascale supercomputers will be hosted by the LUMI consortium and located in Kajaani in Finland. The LUMI consortium consists of the following countries: Finland, Norway, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Poland, Sweden and Switzterland. LUMI (Large Unified Modern Infrastructure) will provide a high-quality, cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable eco-system.
At the time of installation, the LUMI supercomputer will be one of the world's fastest computer systems, with a theroretical power of more than 200 petaflops. The system will be in operation from Q1/ 2021.
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