In this project a group of leading European supercomputing centres decided the formation of a buyers group to execute a joint Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) for the first time in the area of High-Performance Computing (HPC). The co-funding by the European Commission (EC) allowed for a significant enhancement of the planned pre-exascale HPC infrastructure from 2019 and pave the path for future joint investments in Europe. The total investment was approximately € 73 million.
The participants worked together on coordinated roadmaps for providing HPC resources optimised to the needs of European scientists and engineers. The final decision on which innovative solutions were procured at the different sites was made following these roadmaps, but remained a decision of the individual sites.