Greece is one of five locations for the next generation of European supercomputers, as announced by the European High Performance Computing (EuroHPC) Joint Undertaking on Wednesday.
The five selected sites do not include Germany, which will host the first European exascale supercomputer, JUPITER, at its Jülich Supercomputing Centre.
Exascale computers are supercomputers capable of over a billion calculations per second; “this capability represents a major technological milestone for the European Union, and greatly promotes European scientific excellence,” the European Commission said.
JUPITER will benefit complementary technologies, such as quantum computing, digital twins, and big data and be jointly financed by Germany and the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking.
Supercomputers to facilitate research on climate change
The other four sites that were selected to host supercomputers with petascale or pre-exascale capabilities are the National Infrastructures for Research and Technology in Greece, the Governmental Agency for IT Development in Hungary, the National University of Ireland (Galway), and the Academic Computer Centre in Poland.
These machines will power further development of novel scientific and industrial applications in personalized medicine, development of new drugs, wind-farm design modeling, and biomolecular research.
Margrethe Vestager, executive vice-president for a Europe Fit for the Digital Age, said “These five new supercomputers will support us in the development of high-precision models. This will help us tackle societal challenges and facilitate advanced research in the fields of climate change, cosmology, engineering, materials science, and more.”
The new sites will be connected and available to serve a wide range of European users in the scientific community, as well as in industry, in particular, in small and medium businesses, and the public sector across the EU and participating countries, the Commission said.
Earlier this week, at a dedicated event, the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking inaugurated another supercomputer: LUMI, located in Kajaani, Finland.
LUMI is the fastest and most energy-efficient supercomputer in Europe, ranked as the third fastest in the world.