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Is Europe at risk of losing a high number of computer experts due to the lack of development in the field of supercomputing?

Posted: 23/10/2017              Author: Santa Fe Relocation

Mariya Gabriel, the European Union’s digital economy’s new commissioner, has said that Europe is at risk of losing a high number of computer experts due to the lack of development in the field of supercomputing.

Supercomputers belongs to the field of computational science and are used for a wide range of tasks including weather forecast, climate research, oil and gas exploration and more.

EU High Performance Computers

High Performance Computers play a major role in the economic health of the EU and help to drive business benefits; a lack of technology could potentially do serious harm. At the moment, Europe is not in the top ten in the world for high-performance computing.

The fastest and second fastest super computers are based in China, according to the Top500 List. The third one is in Switzerland, which is not a EU member’s state and all the others super computers in the top-10 list are based in USA and Japan.

It is not a surprise that many businesses are looking at relocating to the likes of Asia or the United States, and will continue to do so if Europe stays behind in the advancements of supercomputing thanks to the shortfall of investment. The US and Japan alone have a larger supercomputing volume than the whole of Europe combined due to High Performance Computers (HPC) developments being led at a national level, encouraged by those in the nuclear or military profession.


A major investment plan was outlined in 2012 by the EU which addressed its falling position within the high performance and supercomputing industry. It addressed how Europe was to cope with the shortfall of funding and outlined objectives to be achieved involving workforce training and a Pan-European High Performance Computing governance scheme for both industry and science.

The uses of these supercomputers play a vital part in solving a number of familiar challenges, including weather mapping, earthquake detection and treatment of diseases. In 2015, Europe invested 140 million euros in the hope to earn world leadership in supercomputing.

The Future Of Supercomputing In Europe

In the past five years, studies have shown the Europe has made significant progress in the supercomputing industry and has improved scientific understanding and economic growth. Today, Europe is in fact narrowing the gap with the likes of the US, Japan and China, so much so that the figure of the world’s most powerful supercomputers in Europe has more than doubled since 2010.

Although Europe still has a way to go in order to surpass high performance computers found in the US, the nations are on their way to achieve this. This could provide a number of new opportunities for expatriates looking for careers in this particular industry, as well as business growth potential for those looking to develop the next generation of supercomputers.

If you are a looking to relocate anywhere in the world in the supercomputing industry, please contact us today. We’re here to help!