GCS Centre Jülich Supercomputing Centre Set to Operate Europe’s First Exascale Supercomputer
Newsflash 07/2023 –

The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) and the German-French supercomputer consortium ParTec-Eviden supercomputer consortium have signed a contract for the construction of JUPITER. JUPITER will be the first exascale supercomputer in Europe, hosted at Forschungszentrum Jülich, member of GCS, in the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia. The system, designed for large-scale simulations and artificial intelligence (AI) applications in science and industry alike, is expected to launch in 2024.

Owned by the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking. The Jülich Supercomputing Centre will operate JUPITER as a member of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS), an association of the three national high-performance computing centers in Germany, to which the three data centers of Forschungszentrum Jülich (JSC), the Bavarian Academy of Sciences (LRZ), and Stuttgart University (HLRS) belong.

The cost of the system and its operation for an expected six years amounts to 500 million euros. Half of JUPITER’s funding is provided by the European Union, and the other half split by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (MKW-NRW) respectively.

The computing time is allocated by GCS and EuroHPC JU to national and European projects via established peer review procedures.

“We congratulate all involved parties for this important step for Germany as a location for innovation and are particularly proud that our GCS centre JSC will operate the first exascale computer in Europe”, says Claus Axel Müller, Managing Director of Gauss Centre for Supercomputing.

“I am particularly proud that our specialists at Jülich, together with many European partners, succeeded in developing the new modular supercomputing concept as a genuine European technology, which is now the basis of JUPITER. Only thanks to the generous support of the European Commission and later EuroHPC JU and BMBF in the DEEP and SEA projects since 2012, such a development was possible in the first place.” Prof. Thomas Lippert, Director of the JSC, Forschungszentrum Jülich and member of the Board of GCS.

For details please see the following official press releases:

GCS is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the German State of Baden-Württemberg, and the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts.

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