This European call is the result of the agreement between 26 state members of the EU and the EC to cofound a European roadmap for HPC (High Performance Computing), whose aim is to foster the development of European HPC technologies and to buy at least two pre-exascale supercomputers to come into operation during the last part of 2020, as well as at least two exascale supercomputers to come into operation in 2023. This initiative is being carried out through the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC-JU), the entity created by the Commission and the states in order to manage this operation.
The EuroHPC-JU call establishes that the pre-exascale supercomputers should be able to execute at least 150 petaflops/s of sustained performance measured by the Linpack benchmark, and it should also be able to meet the needs of a large field of applications.
It also establishes conditions as regards the infrastructures that will host these supercomputers: the experience of the candidate host to install and operate similar systems, and the quality of the service to users, among others. Should BSC’s proposal be accepted, the center would host a supercomputer with a peak velocity of 200 petaflops/s, which should come into operation during the last trimester of 2020.
More information at https://www.bsc.es