Why is HPC important for Europe?

High Performance Computing (HPC) plays a pivotal role in stimulating Europe’s economic growth. HPC is a pervasive tool allowing industry and academia to develop world-class products, services and inventions in order to maintain and reinforce Europe’s position on the competitive worldwide arena. HPC is also recognised as crucial in addressing grand societal challenges. “Today, to Out-Compute is to Out-Compete” best describes the role of HPC.

To sustain its competitiveness, Europe needs to enhance its innovation capabilities using HPC.


  • Today, HPC is mostly used in large HPC research centres and some large enterprises. It needs to become much more pervasive across the entire industry, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • While Europe represents a significant portion of the world’s available HPC resources, only a fraction of that technology and infrastructure is developed in Europe.
  • Other regions invest considerably more in new technologies, architectures and software for HPC systems, gaining a substantial competitive edge over Europe.

This ETP was formed for two reasons:

  • The Horizon 2020 Programme (and other future programmes sucha as Horizon Europe) calls for a solid and energetic engagement in defining the HPC research content.
  • We are at a crossroads: whilst new business models demand a new way of deploying – and designing – HPC systems, the technologies used today will not support the requirements of the next ten years. Thus, new approaches, technologies and methodologies are required.

We must “act now”. Otherwise, the societal and economic benefits of a vibrant HPC ecosystem will not be realised.


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