Governance

There are three bodies in the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking:

  • The Governing Board, composed of representatives of the EU and Participating States. The Commission and each Participating State appoint one representative in the Governing Board. Each representative may be accompanied by one expert.
  • The Industrial and Scientific Advisory Board consists of the Research and Innovation Advisory Group (RIAG) and the Infrastructure Advisory Group (INFRAG) which provide independent advice to the Governing Board on the strategic research and innovation agenda and on the acquisition and operation of the supercomputers owned by the Joint Undertaking.
  • The Executive Director; chief executive responsible for day-to-day management of the Joint Undertaking.

Governing Board

Responsibilities: The Governing Board is responsible for strategic policy making and funding decisions related to the activities of the Joint Undertaking, in particular for all the public procurement activities and the research and innovation actions. The EU holds 50% of the voting rights through the Commission representative. The voting rights of the EU are indivisible; the rest of the voting rights are distributed among the Participating States according to the following lines:

Voting Rights: For the general administrative tasks of the Joint Undertaking, the voting rights of the Participating States should be distributed equally among them.

For the tasks corresponding to setting up the work plan for the acquisition of supercomputers, the selection of the hosting entity and the research and innovation activities of the Joint Undertaking, the voting rights of the Participating States that are Member States are based on the principle of qualified majority. The Participating States that are countries associated with Horizon 2020 hold voting rights for the tasks corresponding to the research and innovation activities.

For the tasks corresponding to the acquisition and operation of supercomputers, only those Participating States and the EU that contribute resources to the procurement of petascale supercomputers and the total cost of ownership of pre-exascale supercomputers have voting rights proportional to their contribution.


Research and Innovation Advisory Group

The Research and Innovation Advisory Group (RIAG) is one of two Advisory Groups of the Industrial and Scientific Advisory Board and it is composed of no more than 12 members, where no more than six are appointed by the Private Members taking into account their commitments to the Joint Undertaking and no more than six are appointed by the Governing Board.

This Advisory Group draws up and regularly update the draft multiannual strategic research and innovation agenda. This draft multiannual strategic research and innovation agenda shall identify research and innovation priorities for the development and adoption of technologies and key competences for High-Performance Computing across different application areas in order to support the development of an integrated High-Performance Computing ecosystem in the EU, strengthen competitiveness and help create new markets and societal applications.


Infrastructure Advisory Group

The Infrastructure Advisory Group (INFRAG) is the second Advisory Group of the Industrial and Scientific Advisory Board. It is composed of no more than 12 members appointed by the Governing Board. This Advisory Group provides advice to the Governing Board for the acquisition and operation of the petascale and pre-exascale supercomputers, drawing up and regularly updating the draft multiannual strategic agenda for such acquisition.


Executive Director

The Executive Director; chief executive responsible for day-to-day management of the Joint Undertaking in accordance with the decisions of the Governing Board and is the legal representative of the Joint Undertaking.