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EU reveals plans for world-leading supercomputer by 2020

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In a recent announcement, the EU has stated that it will raise €1 billion to build supercomputers. The computers will be used for medical research, to fight against cybercrime and will boost Europe’s economy. 

Currently, China is leading the way in computing speed, taking over from the USA last November. Following behind is non-EU Switzerland in third place and Japan in fourth place. However, the Swiss computer is approximately 12 times slower than China’s Sunway TaihuLight which can perform 93 quadrillion calculations per second. 

As it stands, a large amount of data has to be processed outside of the EU due to the lack of computing power within its borders.

Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the digital single market, said: 

"It is a tough race and today the EU is lagging behind: we do not have any supercomputers in the world's top ten. We want to give European researchers and companies world-leading supercomputer capacity by 2020.”

It is believed that along with other EU nations, the European Commission will contribute approximately €486 million to the fund. The supercomputers will be built by a recently formed team, EuroHPC. The team will be co-managed by the commission but will also include representatives from Germany, France, Luxembourg, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Greece, Croatia, Switzerland, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Portugal. 

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