The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking: LUMI
The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) is a legal and funding entity, created in 2018 and located in Luxembourg. The EuroHPC JU achieved autonomy in September 2020, meaning that it is solely responsible for its operations and has the capacity to implement its own budget, under the direction of its Executive Director.
The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking allows the European Union and EuroHPC participating countries to coordinate their efforts and pool their resources with the objective of deploying world-class exascale supercomputers in Europe, able to perform more than one billion billion (1018 ) operations per second, and develop innovative supercomputing technologies and applications. By making Europe a world leader in high performance computing (HPC), the EuroHPC JU seeks to provide computing solutions, improve cooperation in advanced scientific research, boost industrial competitiveness, and ensure European technological and digital autonomy.
One of the main objectives of EuroHPC JU is developing a world-class supercomputing infrastructure by procuring and deploying three pre-exascale supercomputers (capable of at least 1017 calculations per second) and five petascale supercomputers (capable of at least one thousand billion (1015) calculations per second) in the EU. Once procured, these supercomputers will be available to private and public, scientific and industrial users everywhere across Europe.
In 2019, EuroHPC JU decided to place one of the EuroHPC JU pre-exascale supercomputers, called LUMI, to CSC’s datacenter in Kajaani, Finland.
This project has received funding from the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No cnect.ddg1.c.2(2019)8796229. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Turkey, the European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing (ETP4HPC), the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) and the European Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC).