Information and analytical publication Bloomberg referring to the statement by the European Commission reports that the European Union plans to spend € 1 billion to catch up with China, the US and Japan in the development of supercomputers. As indicated by the source, resulting Brekzita Britain could be left out of this project.
If all goes well, by 2020, Europe can get two supercomputer speeds of a hundred quadrillion calculations per second, and at least two, but less powerful computer with a speed of several tens of quadrillions of calculations per second. Two years later, the EU wishes to get a computer of new generation with the speed of a trillion operations per second. This project will allow Europe to become independent and competitive player in the digital market of the future economy.
The publication reports that the initial project was proposed in March last year, however, data on funding was published only now. The management structure of the European Union will allocate to the project 486 billion euros, the remaining funds will be raised from the member countries of the EU and “associated countries”, which expresses a desire to participate in the project. Will also be welcomed and the initiative from private companies, the statement said.
Their desire to participate in the project have already expressed 13 countries: France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia, Belgium, Bulgaria. In the UK, from an initiative, she refrained, and according to experts, its exit from the EU in General leaves the possibility of participation of this country a big question.
Europe is greatly lagging behind in the supercomputing race from the USA, Japan and China. Many European companies and government agencies, primarily meteorological, are forced to rent computing power of supercomputers located outside the European continent. European officials are concerned that this practice increases the risk of theft of confidential information, and in the case of political and inter-state discrepancies threaten the EU with close access to supercomputers. As an example, is China, which is engaged in the development of its own supercomputer after the US government banned its companies to sell them to the East.
As a result, China was able not only to become a dominant player in the supercomputer field, but is struggling to hold his lead. For example, we have recently reported that the Chinese Academy of Sciences plans by 2020 to complete the development of a supercomputer Tianhe-3 with the power to trillion operations per second.