Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market, released an opinion on the role of supercomputers

On 22 September 2020, Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner for Internal Market, released an opinion on the role of supercomputers in the next European digital decade. The opinion highlights key information regarding the value of supercomputers as well as the financial and political ambitions set by the Commission.

This opinion sheds light on the key role supercomputers play in the daily lives of Europeans, from medicine to energy, engineering, astrophysics, geology and climate research. Key information on EU funding, financial assistance, and access to supercomputers were put forward by Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal Market: 

  • The European Commission proposes to invest €8 billion in the next generation of supercomputers – a substantial increase compared to the current budget. As a result, by 2021 the European Union will have three of the world's Top 5 computers in Italy, Finland and Spain, as well as five of the Top 50 computers. 
  • EU research centers for supercomputer-related technologies will be financed. 
  • These computing resources will be accessible to all users in Europe, including the public sector and industrial users, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), wherever they are located. 

The importance given by the Commission to the use of supercomputers in key EU sectors portrays an ambitious willingness to boost investment in research and innovation to mobilise new technologies for the sake of the public interest. However, it should be noted that the area of health is not clearly mentioned in this opinion.

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Date: 26/10/2020 | Tag: | News: 1131 of 1581
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