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France and Spain Team Up to Jumpstart Europe's Exascale Computing Ambitions

By ZDNet

August 12, 2015

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France's Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and Spain's Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) have announced a high-performance computing (HPC) partnership to further the European push toward exascale computing. Both groups entered into an agreement to promote "a globally competitive HPC value chain and flagship industry" aligned with the European Commission's agenda to concentrate on technology, infrastructure, and real-world HPC applications.

"BSC and CEA fully support the Commission's strategy of aiming 'to make Europe the world leader in HPC' and ensuring it has 'independent access to this technology,'" says CEA's Jean Gonnord. BSC's Francesc Subirada agrees the initiative intends to meet the Commission's goal to obtain a piece of the worldwide HPC market. Gonnord says the industry's long-term plan is to capture a 30-percent share of the market, and BSC and CEA will work with different collaborators to bolster the HPC sector. He notes both organizations are weighing the use of instruments such as Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions to implement new HPC systems in the European scientific community.

Joint CEA/BSC projects include an effort to explore new HPC frameworks based on ARM 64-bit low-power processors, a renewable energies center of excellence, and an initiative to use low-power processors and advanced nanotechnologies.

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