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Supercomputing plan powers up

National governments in the Council of the EU have approved plans to devote €1 billion to the development of Europe’s supercomputing capacity.

The Council signed off the European High Performance Computing (EuroHPC) Joint Undertaking on 28 September. The European Commission, which developed the plan, said EuroHPC would pool resources from the EU and 25 European countries, build supercomputing and data infrastructure, and support computing R&D involving academia and industry.

“EuroHPC will stimulate the development in Europe of a competitive supercomputing and data supply chain via public procurement,” said digital commissioner Mariya Gabriel. “Through its competence centres, it will further empower European academia, industry, small and medium-sized enterprises and public services, and provide them with access to a wide range of resources, services and tools to improve their digital skills and innovate.”

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