While Europe already had a number of exascale initiatives under way, this is a major step forward in that it puts up the money. Under a new legal and funding structure, the Commission’s contribution will be $486 million, or roughly half of the projected EUR 1 Billion total. Before the new structure was put in place, the Commission was effectively limited to contributing only 20 percent of HPC initiatives undertaken with member states.
After that, we do our Catch of the Week:
- Henry points us to a story about a new extortion scheme that emails you with a threat to expose your infidelity.
- Rich likes the story about the Bitcoin conference that stopped accepting Bitcoin. Transaction fees have grown to be as high as $60 dollars as transaction volume has grown exponentially.
- He also notes that the Dark Energy Survey has released the first three years of their data.
- Shahin points us to a report from that IDC on how cloud revenue grew 39 percentyear over year, with 89 percent going to the top five players globally.
- He also likes the new Light.co computational camera with 16 lenses.
- Dan cites Google claims that its fix for the Spectre and Meltdown exploits does not incur a performance hit like the other patches we’ve been reading about.