Most of the top ten supercalculators in the world are in either China or the USA; only one European computer is on the list. A European Commission initiative, in which the Grand Duchy plays a central role, aims to turn the situation around by developing High Performance Computing (HPC) technology.
There is quite a distance to catch up
As Commissioner Oettinger announced in Luxembourg at the recent European Data Forum (EDF 2014), the Luxembourg Government - in conjunction with France, Italy and Spain - has already launched an Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) on setting up a new supercalculator.
As part of this project, applications will be developed in favour of the concept of a 'smart nation': the idea is that HPC capacities can be used to improve everyday life and boost the economy. The areas under consideration are fintech, space management, mobility, energy, construction, water management, urban management, agriculture, and fourth-generation industrial production.
ICT to improve life for everyone
In early 2016, the European Commission will in its turn launch a major initiative for the deployment in Europe of a world-class IT infrastructure: the European Cloud Initiative, which will make it possible to save data necessary for European research.
As part of the initiative, the Grand Duchy, France, Italy and Spain, in close collaboration with the other member States, will produce a route map for implementing the HPC supercalculator and its compatible Big Data applications for submission to the European Council and the European Commission in September 2016.
In the Grand Duchy, the Ministry of the Economy, Luxinnovation and the Luxembourg Institute for Science and Technology (LIST) have been tasked with heading the project - a distinction for the Grand Duchy.
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg - a great place for research
The Luxembourg Institute for Science and Technology (LIST) is a research institution whose mission is to develop advanced technologies and to offer the economy and society a number of innovative products and services in areas as varied as energy, IT, telecoms, the environment, agriculture, and high-tech industry at both the national and European levels.
Luxinnovation is the national agency for innovation and research. It works closely with authorities, businesses and research centres in order to support research and innovation, promoting the Grand Duchy as a premium location for establishment, helping businesses and providing them with information, and consulting the Government in the field of research and innovation.
(Source: press release from LIST; Günther Oettinger's blog; editorial team of the portal www.luxembourg.lu)