Supercomputers for Poland
3 July 2018
The European Parliament today adopted a report on a joint undertaking that will form the basis for the creation of a supercomputing… network in 2019. I was a rapporteur on the EPP – European People’s Party.
It’s about the so-called European Joint Undertaking in the field of Great Scale Calculation (EuroHPC). So far, around 15 Member States, including Poland, have expressed interest in the initiative. The EU financial contribution, according to the current multiannual financial framework, is expected to amount to 486 million euro – a similar amount will be paid by the participating countries’ contribution. In addition, a financial and material contribution from private partners included in the EuroHPC is also assumed. As a last resort, one billion euros will be invested by the European Commission together with the Member States to create world-class supercomputers in Europe.
I hope that Poland will use this Community initiative, which aims to create a European computer system of high computing power. The initiative is to enable European Union countries to build supercomputers and compete in this area with global leaders in the field – such as the USA, China and Japan. In Europe, there is an urgent need to invest together to acquire and offer the world-class HPC infrastructure to European users in the scientific and industrial sectors.
Large-scale calculations play a key role in addressing major scientific and social challenges such as early detection and treatment of diseases, developing new therapies based on personalized and precision medicine; learning about the functioning of the human brain; predicting climate change; large-scale disaster prevention and management of actions when they occur; and accelerating the design of new materials.
The use of HPC has an increasingly decisive impact on industry and business, as it significantly shortens the cycles of design and production, minimizes costs, increases the efficiency of resource use and shortens and optimizes decision-making processes. It is also essential for national security and national defense, for example in developing advanced encryption technologies, identifying sources of cyber attacks and reacting or in simulations in the field of nuclear energy.
I believe that Poland’s accession to the EuroHPC will not only promote the internationalization of Polish science and improve the quality of research, but will have a positive impact on the development of the Polish economy.