Norway receives NOK 1 billion in EU support for participating in development of supercomputer

Minister of Research and Higher Education Iselin Nybø (Liberal Party)Minister of Research and Higher Education Iselin Nybø (Liberal Party).Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB scanpix

Norway is one of eight countries participating in the development of a new supercomputer. The EU have given the project NOK 1 billion in support.

The development of the new supercomputer takes place in Kajaani, Finland.

‘’It is very gratifying that the cooperation project that Norway is part of is now receiving support for building a supercomputer in Finland. This gives us access to super-computing power that could help us solve major scientific and social challenges’’ said Minister of Research and Higher Education, Iselin Nybø of Venstre (V).

Supercomputers can be used to make massive and fast calculations that are too demanding for regular computers. The computer to be developed in Kajaani will have ten times more computing power than the most powerful supercomputer in Europe today. Europe has long been lagging behind China, the United States, and Japan in terms of investing in supercomputers.

Half of the money it will cost to build the new supercomputer comes from the EU Commission, while the other half is a collaboration between the countries in the consortium. In total, this means an investment of about NOK 2 billion. Norway’s contribution is NOK 40 million.

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