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- Your development would cost billions of euros and be operational in 2020, funded in equal parts by the EU and the member States that choose to participate.
- According to the head of the Digital single Market, Andrus Ansip, the development of this technology “will have a direct impact on the citizens.”
- The supercomputer fastest in the EU is the fourteenth at the global level and is twelve times slower than the fastest.
The European Commission (EC) presented this Thursday, the project of creation of a supercomputer european the development of which would cost billions of euros and be operational in 2020, funded in equal parts by the European Union (EU) and the member States that choose to participate.
“supercomputers are the engine of the digital economy and the EU you do not have one among the ten most powerful in the world,” he explained in a press conference by the commissioner responsible for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, that the project hopes to create an infrastructure of “world-class”.
Ansip stressed that the development of this technology “it will have a direct impact on the citizenship”, since, according to data of the Commission itself, each euro invested in projects of high-performance computers in Europe in recent years has generated € 69.
Although the location of the central infrastructure will be chosen through a public contest, community sources indicate that it has been proposed to locate in Luxembourg, where it is the data centre of the European Commission.
“All the member States that decide to participate -including Spain – will be able to access the supercomputer, regardless of where it is located,” said Ansip.
For its part, the european commissioner for Economy and Digital Society, Mariya Gabriel, said that a better infrastructure of supercomputing, “would increase the competitiveness of the european economy” and could have implications in fields such as medicine or the fight against climate change.
“we Believe in the potential of our researchers to put in value the european quality label”, added Gabriel, who recalled that China and the united States are “winning that race.”
According to data from the EC, Japan, China or the united States invest annually in supercomputing between 500 and 750 million more than the EU, although the Commission hopes to bring its infrastructure among the top three in the world by 2022.
The current, twelve times slower than the fastest
it Is expected that by that date the european technology allows to perform about a trillion calculations per second.
today, however, the supercomputer fastest in the EU is the fourteenth level global and is twelve times slower than the fastest, the National Supercomputing Centre in Wuxi, in China.
looking ahead to next year, the European Commission expects to close on the legal framework of the project, to determine which member States will participate -Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the countries of the East are still outstanding to respond – and how will the funding, which will be “flexible”.
January 11, 2018
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