On May 17 European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Günther Oettinger visited the High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS). As a longtime supporter of HLRS in his previous role as minister president of the state of Baden-Württemberg, Commissioner Oettinger is acquainted with the needs and challenges facing high-performance computing.
Commissioner Oettinger and HLRS Director Michael Resch discussed the importance of a European strategy for high-performance computing capable of providing European scientists access to state-of-the-art technology. One topic of discussion was how European HPC will be supported in the future through the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC), which plans to fund two pre-exaflop systems and two exaflop systems in the coming years.
Both Commissioner Oettinger and Professor Resch expressed a need to make high-performance computing available and productive for a wide variety of scientific applications as well as for industrial research.