On 7 June 2019, Europe announced the selection of eight supercomputing hosting sites for 3 precursor to exascale machines that will be in the global top 5, and 5 petascale machines. These systems will complete the apex of the supercomputing pyramid to which PRACE Members are contributing their Tier-0 and Tier-1 machines.
The development of the European HPC-ecosystem was initiated by the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and our 26 partners in the past ten years. Our mission is to enable high-impact scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society. PRACE realises its mandate by offering computing and data management resources of the Tier-0 class through a highly valued, internationally respected peer review process. The resources are provided currently through seven centres in five PRACE Member Countries, complemented by Tier-1 class provision from 21 PRACE partners.
The eight systems under the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU) will extend the pyramid upwards, allowing Europe to run ahead in the global HPC race. The hosting sites will be located in Sofia (Bulgaria), Ostrava (Czechia), Kajaani (Finland), Bologna (Italy), Bissen (Luxembourg), Minho (Portugal), Maribor (Slovenia), and Barcelona (Spain). The hosting entities are Members of PRACE, or closely connected to PRACE partners, making for a smooth integration of the new machines into the European HPC ecosystem.
“PRACE and EuroHPC will join hands in this endeavour to bring European academic and industrial researchers the best of what HPC technology has to offer. We will support them every step of the way so that their collaborations will lead to unparalleled synergies, results, and achievements. These are exiting times, and we are proud to be a part of it,” says Serge Bogaerts, Managing Director of PRACE.
- Press release: Digital Single Market: Europe announces eight sites to host world-class supercomputers
- Press release: EuroHPC selects Barcelona Supercomputing Center as entity to host one of the largest European supercomputers
- Press release: One of the most competitive supercomputers in the world to be placed in Kajaani, Finland
- Press release: Luxembourg will host world-class high performance computer
- Press release: Minister Rossen Jeliazkov: European Supercomputing Infrastructure Will Lead the EU to Leadership
- Press release: IT4Innovations will host the EuroHPC petascale system
- Position paper: PRACE in the EuroHPC Era