State of play of High Performance Computing in Europe

Currently, the computing and data needs of European scientists and industry do not match the computation time available in the EU. Moreover, the EU does not have the most powerful machines that some of their applications require.

As a result, European HPC users are increasingly processing their data outside the EU. This situation may create problems related to:

  • privacy,
  • data protection,
  • commercial trade secrets,
  • ownership of data.

None of the EU supercomputers are currently in the global top 10 and the existing ones depend on non-European technology. This brings an increasing risk for the Union of being deprived of strategic or technological know-how for innovation and competitiveness.

Benefits of the HPC Joint Undertaking

The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking will enable European countries to coordinate their supercomputing strategies and investments together with the EU.

We need to ensure the development in Europe of a whole exascale supercomputing capability covering the whole value chain (from technology components to systems and machines, and to applications and skills) and coordination. This action will avoid long term negative effects, both on the digital economy but also for Europe’s data sovereignty and scientific and industrial leadership.

The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking will develop a clear strategy for innovation procurement of exascale machines based on competitive European technologies. By developing the prospect of creating a lead market for exascale technology in Europe, the EuroHPC JU will help European suppliers to take the risk to develop such machines on their own.