Large collaborative consortium with unique capabilities
There is a sizable European consortium behind the Finland-led proposal. The LUMI (Large Unified Modern Infrastructure) consortium countries are Finland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland. Discussions with Estonia and the Netherlands about joining the consortium in the near future are taking place. Bringing together their unique expertise and experience, these countries will together provide added value for whole Europe.
“EuroHPC continues the European collaboration on high-performance computing, from which European researchers have already benefited from over the years. The investment will make CSC’s datacenter one of the world’s largest players in the field of high-performance computing.“
Kimmo Koski, Managing Director of CSC
This consortium provides a high-quality, cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable HPC ecosystem based on true European collaboration. At the core of the consortium’s expertise is a solid tradition of collaboration in HPC training and education, user support and data management services, since purchasing and operating supercomputers alone will not ensure Europe a leading place in innovation and science without the necessary training and skills development.
Caption: EuroHPC map
State-of-the-art supercomputing and data infrastructure for world-class research and innovation
The exascale ready supercomputing and data infrastructure at CSC’s datacenter in Kajaani will help position Europe as one of the world leaders in supercomputing. Computing power of this size is required in leading-edge research in a wide range of data- and computing-intensive fields as the importance of various data-driven methods in research, administration and industry is constantly increasing. Examples include climate, pharmaceutical and cancer research as well as artificial intelligence.
With the new infrastructure, European researchers can access world-class computing resources, which have a direct positive impact on European research in nearly all scientific disciplines. In practice, this allows researchers to make more calculations within a shorter period of time and study larger or more accurate models than ever before for cutting edge research. The state-of-the-art computing resources will also lay grounds to carry out research in areas, which have previously been out of reach, increasing the possibilities for scientific breakthroughs with immense societal impact, such as understanding climate change.
The new data management and HPC infrastructure will enable solving grand challenges, and in addition it will lay grounds for innovation and new data-based business opportunities in areas such as platform economy and the development of artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence enables the automation of various data processing tasks, which significantly increases the productivity of existing tasks and, furthermore, creates entirely new ways to leverage digital information. Exploiting the potential of data economy is a key factor for Europe’s competitiveness. The EuroHPC offers an excellent framework for Europe to strengthen its position as one of the pioneers of the data-driven economy.
The first chapter of the success story
- LUMI is a unique European consortium
- LUMI will be one of the world’s best-known scientific instruments for the lifespan of 2020-2026.
- The consortium will create the practices and tradition of cooperation for future generations of EuroHPC hardware.
- CSC Kajaani datacenter also wants to act as a venue for other international electronic infrastructures or as the repository of their parts
- The LUMI system and EuroHPC research programs (e.g. EuroHPC Competence Centers) open up new opportunities for cooperation between universities, polytechnics, research institutes and industry, and thus for economic growth in Europe.
- Finland: CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd.
- Belgium: Belgian Science Policy Officer
- Czech Republic: VSB –Technical University of Ostrava, IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center
- Denmark: Universities Denmark
- Norway: UNINETT Sigma2 AS
- Poland: AGH University of Science and Technology, Academic Computer Centre Cyfronet AGH
- Sweden: Swedish Research Council, Vetenskapsrådet
- Switzerland: ETH Zürich
Discussions with Estonia and the Netherlands about joining the consortium are taking place.