JUPITER | The Arrival of Exascale in Europe

Forschungszentrum Jülich will be home to Europe’s first exascale computer - called JUPITER. The supercomputer is set to be the first in Europe to surpass the threshold of one trillion (“1” followed by 18 zeros) calculations per second.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Marquardt, former Chair of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich:

"In taking the leap towards exascale computing, we are working with strong partners to retain our digital sovereignty in Germany and Europe, as well as doing our share to ensure that Germany remains a strong and progressive technological hub. JUPITER will take the scientific computing infrastructure in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and Europe to a new level. As part of the Helmholtz Association, Forschungszentrum Jülich will thus receive a new large-scale facility that will benefit a large user community and that was only made possible through a pan-European commitment as well as considerable support from the German Federal Government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia for its procurement, operation, and scientific use."

Prof. Dr. Astrid Lambrecht, Chair of the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich:

"Achieving the level of exascale is the next big step in the field of high-performance computing. The decision to make Jülich the home of Europe’s exascale supercomputer will help Forschungszentrum Jülich to build on its reputation as an outstanding location for supercomputing and an internationally recognized centre of development for pioneering technologies. Our aim is to offer the most powerful infrastructure in Europe that combines neuromorphic computing, supercomputing, and quantum computing, ensuring that various user groups from science and industry can learn and grow together while also benefiting from each other."

Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert, Head of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre at Forschungszentrum Jülich:

"The EuroHPC decision enables us to take this significant step towards exascale in cooperation with research and industry, scientific users and funding agencies. Immense challenges exist at various levels – both technical and financial. However, it is important to realise that we are talking about a machine from which the whole of society will benefit. From traffic optimization, autonomous driving, and environmental monitoring right up to digital twins: all these challenges are extremely calculation-intensive and are reliant on new technologies, many of which we can tap into with the modular exascale system."

Funding Agencies


European Union

The acquisition and operation of the EuroHPC supercomputer is funded jointly by the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, through the European Union’s Digital Europe programme, as well as by Germany.



The European initiative European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) is funding JUPITER with € 250 million.



The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) gives its share of € 125 million.



Last Modified: 06.09.2023