In June 2018 Sweden announced its support for the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking by signing the EuroHPC Declaration. Now, having received a positive vote from its national Parliament, Sweden has confirmed its membership of the EuroHPC JU, which was launched in the autumn of 2018.
Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Society and Economy, said, “Having Sweden in the EuroHPC JU as a participating country with full rights, reinforces the pan-European dimension of this bold initiative. We warmly welcome this new membership. The EuroHPC JU will acquire supercomputing infrastructure and develop a European supercomputing ecosystem, facilitating access to HPC resources and services for a wide range of users from the scientific community as well as the industry including SMEs, and the public sector. This will enable leadership in existing highly scalable and data intensive application domains and stimulate the development of new ones in high added-value areas with scientific, societal and industrial relevance, such as bimolecular research, personalized medicine, climate change and cybersecurity.”
Matilda Ernkrans, Swedish Minister for Education and Research, said, “I am pleased to confirm that Sweden now will join the European initiative for supercomputers, the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking. This research infrastructure is of strategic importance for Europe and will help keep Swedish and European scientists competitive in a world where data and computing is ever more central. The research performed will pave the way for new discoveries and help us to tackle societal challenges. For instance, supercomputing is an essential tool for more accurate climate model predictions and discovering new pharmaceuticals. Swedish scientists and industry are ready to contribute with research capacity, skills and resources.”
Sven Stafström, Director General of the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), added, “The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking is an important initiative in Europe and for Swedish research. Building this type of large scale computing facilities is best done together with other European countries and access to the research infrastructures are key for excellent research. Swedish researchers are already very engaged and competitive in this area. Therefore, it is important for the Swedish Research Council to take an active role in EuroHPC JU.”
The Swedish Research Council will be responsible for fulfilling Sweden’s obligations as a member of the EuroHPC JU.
The JU’s aim is to acquire by 2020 world-class precursor to exascale supercomputers – machines that are capable of 1017 calculations per second – for Europe's scientific, industrial and public users. It will also support the further development of European supercomputing technology and promote the use of high-performance computing, which currently has more than 800 scientific and industrial application fields, in the EU.