Bulgaria and 15 EU countries are starting an enterprise to create a European supercomputer. The idea of setting up an international network of supercomputers was discussed at the international conference “Shaping Europe’s Digital Future – High Performance Computing for Extreme Scale Scientific and Industrial Applications” on a large scale.

This will be a revolution in medicine, security, transport, said the European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, Maria Gabriel, at the opening of the event organised by the Ministry of Education and Science and the European Commission as part of the Council Presidency’s events

In turn, Prime Minister Bojko Borisov also welcomed the EC initiative for the establishment of a digital tech centre and expressed satisfaction with Bulgaria’s participation in the implementation of the plan for setting up European supercomputer. He said that Bulgaria has great traditions in high technology.

“We, on the Balkans, even if we are behind, because while others have developed these technologies, we have made motorways and recycling stations, we do possess a huge potential”, Borisov said.

The Prime Minister pointed out that the development of super technologies would help the faster digitization of us and the whole Balkans, as well as it will be a step towards ensuring protection from cyber-attacks and it will give powerful stimulus for developing research capabilities in a number of areas.

The project aims at ensuring the processing of information useful for medicine, trafficking, meteorology and areas that generate extremely high quantity of data. The investment is estimated to be around €1 billion, €486 million from which will come from the European Commission.

In May, Maria Gabriel will propose a digital strategy including the development of artificial intelligence and cyber security.

At present the two fastest supercomputers are located in China. The rest from Top 10 are located in USA and Japan. Brussels is hoping that with the EuroHPC initiative, Europe will have its own two supercomputers, which will rank in the Top 10 and be capable of tens of millions instructions per second.

At the same time, Bulgaria is lagging behind the EU countries in the level of computer literacy. According to Eurostat survey, 55% of Bulgarians aged between 16 and 74 have benefited from a computer. This puts our country at the forefront of the EU before Romania, in which the percentage is 50. Immediately before BG is Greece with 59%.