Barcelona will compete with candidates from Finland and Italy to host one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe
Sixteen countries support one of the three proposals, five of which have committed to Barcelona
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) will compete with the Finnish center CSC and the Italian Cineca to host one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe in 2021.
This will be the first time that the European Union co-finances supercomputing infrastructures.
Like the BSC, the Finnish and Italian centers had already shown an interest in the initiative, so there was no last-minute surprise and the call was closed in early April with three candidates to host one of at least two supercomputers that must be in operation before the end of 2020.
The ACN has confirmed that sixteen countries support one of the three candidatures, whose total value exceeds 650 million euros. Barcelona’s bid currently has the endorsement of five states.
On 7th June the EuroHPC plans to announce which centers are chosen to host the supercomputers which operate at a peak speed of at least 200 petaflops per second, with a petaflop being billions of calculation operations per second.