European High Performance Computing: New legislation.

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The European Commission presents a Regulation Proposal for the creation of the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking, with the aim of launching a common initiative in the field of High Performance Computing (HPC).

Europe's scientific capabilities, industrial competitiveness and sovereignty now depend in a particularly critical way on access to world-leading data and HPC infrastructures to keep pace with solving the growing demand and complexity of the problems to solve.

Although the Union acted in 2012 to intensify its efforts to ensure leadership in the supply and use of HPC systems and services, the independence of large foreign computing infrastructures has not been achieved, which is a major competitive problem for Europe in areas as relevant as early detection and treatment of diseases, new therapies based on personalized and precision medicine, decipher the functioning of the human brain, forecast the evolution of climate, observe space, prevent and manage large-scale natural disasters, accelerate the design of new materials, national security and defense, the development of complex encryption technologies, monitoring and response to cyber attacks, forensic implementation or nuclear simulations.

To address these problems, on the Digital Day of Rome, seven Member States (France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain) signed the EuroHPC declaration. They were later joined by Belgium, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Greece and Croatia. The 13 countries agreed to work together and with the Commission to acquire and implement by 2022/2023 an integrated pan-European supercomputing infrastructure (EuroHPC).