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Europe ‘behind’ in supercomputing

Günther Oettinger, commissioner for the digital economy and society, and Étienne Schneider, deputy prime minister of Luxembourg have called for EU member states to spend more on supercomputing and data management.

In a joint statement on 8 January, the officials said that to develop high performance computing the EU needs “several billion euros–an amount no individual Member State can or is willing to finance on its own”.

The officials expressed concern over high performance computing in Europe, noting that only one European supercomputing facility ranks among the world top 10 supercomputers. China holds the first position and the US hosts 5 of the top 10 facilities.

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