Europe strengthens supercomputer research

Reuters

The European Commission has unveiled plans to spend € 1 billion of the creation of “world-class” supercomputer.

The project was needed, he said, because the contributions existing European high-performance computing projects is”insignificant”.

The money will be devoted to develop machines that perform a billion billion calculations per second.

In the world of supercomputers, the fastest are approximately a thousand times slower than this target.

The Commission said that the machines would boost the industry’s future prosperity, and the city of the machines which have helped the car manufacturers to speed up production.

“Supercomputers are the engine of the power of the digital economy,” said Andrus Ansip, vice-president for the digital single market. “It’s a hard race and today, the EU is lagging behind.”Research boost

In a statement laying out its plans, the Commission said that the initial work would be to focus on the development of machines that correspond to the computing capacity of the world’s most powerful machines.

Many of these operate in the so-called petascale range, which means they can carry about a thousand million calculations per second. Each calculation is known as a floating point operation, or flop.

China Sunway TaihuLight is the fastest supercomputer and, to the maximum of its performance, can hit 93 petaflops.

The four computers that are the result of this first phase will be available for businesses and research groups across Europe, said the Commission. They could help prevent disasters, fight against cyber-crime, and improve health care, he said.

The Expertise accumulated in the first phase would be to help Europe to go beyond petaflops for the second phase of its research project aims, by 2023, to make a machine that can breach the exaflop barrier.

China dominates the world supercomputer rankings, and currently has 202 machines in the Top 500 list of treatment plants. The united states has 143 machines in the list and the Europe 93.

The long-term project also aims to stimulate European research in high-performance computing and help companies to be more involved in the efforts of the united nations outside the region to create ultra-powerful machines.

Currently, stated that the research project European HPC projects often had to look elsewhere for expertise and materials during the construction of his own machines and had an “insignificant” role in the global projects.