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European supercomputer centre brings Slovenia numerous opportunities

On 7 June, eight supercomputer centres in the European Union were selected to host the EuroHPC supercomputer infrastructure, including one in Slovenia.

Slovenia’s supercomputer Vega will be named after mathematician Jurij Vega. | Author Getty Images

It will support both the European research and industrial spheres in the development of new knowledge and applications in all areas, from medicine and advanced materials to the fight against climate change.

With the HPC RIVR project, Slovenia is setting up its own state-of-the-art supercomputer centre for processing big data, which will include researchers and development centres. With its clear orientation towards the information and technology society, it has set Slovenia at the nexus of regional and European cooperation and has given us the tools we need in the era of ubiquitous data processing and machine decision-making, and will provide digital security. Slovenia is thus cooperating in an ambitious initiative to establish a modern, competitive European EuroHPC supercomputer infrastructure with an exceptionally advanced solution in the hands of local experts.

“If this isn’t a major achievement for Slovenia, I don’t know what is,” said Slovenian Minister of Education, Science and Sport Jernej Pikalo at the opening of a symposium at the EU House, during which Slovenia’s participation in the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) was officially announc

According to Pikalo, this is a significant contribution to the possibilities for the country’s development. “These projects are also an excellent way to show the rest of the world how advanced Europe is and what kind of development potential it still has,” he said.

In addition to the centre in Maribor, supercomputer centres will also be built in Bulgaria (Sofia), Czechia (Ostrava), Finland (Kajaani), Italy (Bologna), Luxembourg (Bissen), Portugal (Minho) and Spain (Barcelona).