Europe’s Exascale Ambition: Funding Secured for a Game-Changing Supercomputer in France

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The European Commission, according to Datacenter Dynamics, will fund the creation of a second exascale-class supercomputer in Europe. The unnamed computing complex will be built in France. The European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) has selected the consortium led by CEA, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, to host and operate the future HPC complex. The supercomputer will be managed by GENCI, the French National Agency for High-Performance Computing.

Supercomputer GENCI Jean Zay. Image Source: CNRS / Cyril Fresillon

It is expected that the system will be located at the TGCC computing center, owned by CEA, in Bruyères-le-Châtel, southwest of Paris. The project will receive investments of approximately €542 million, with EuroHPC contributing up to half of the funding. The Dutch Ministry of Culture, Education and Science will provide around €8 million, and the French government will contribute €263 million.

The launch of the supercomputer is planned for 2025. It will be used to tackle a range of complex tasks, including high-precision climate modeling, nuclear fusion research, innovative material development, digital twinning, and more. Currently, TGCC houses the Joliot-Curie HPC system (22 petaflops), installed in 2019. The first exascale supercomputer in Europe will be the JUPITER complex, to be installed at the Jülich Research Center (FZJ) in Germany. In the United States, the installation of the Aurora supercomputer, with a performance level of 2 exaflops, has recently been completed.

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