June 6, 2018 — Lithuanian science and business will soon be able to use world-class supercomputers for large-scale calculations in areas such as health, climate change, industry, cyber security, energy, artificial intelligence, and economic forecasts.
“Lithuania is interested in joining the European High Performance Computing Initiative (EuroHPC). This will allow our country to use leverage all the possibilities for the highest-capacity data,” said G. Viliūnas, Vice-Minister of Education and Science.
Having assessed the importance of high-performance calculations and the limited ability of the Member States of the European Union to create separate world-class high performance computing systems, the European Commission, together with the Member States, including Lithuania, will establish a European high-speed computer joint venture to implement this initiative. In 2019, when this company starts its operations, supercomputers will be bought to EU Member States.
Lithuanian researchers and business will also be able to participate in EuroHPC research and development program invitations. Lithuania will become a member of EuroHPC by opening up some of the time for the efficient computing infrastructure operating at Vilnius University for external users from other European countries.
High-performance calculations have an increasing impact on research and development, as well as industry competitiveness. Supercomputers are deployed to address scientific and technological issues that are not manageable for standardized computing.
High-performance calculations are needed to address social challenges such as early diagnosis of diseases, and climate change projections. They are applied in a wide range of research areas, for example, in identifying DNA sequences, or in the industrial, security and defense fields.
Source: Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science