Commission opens access to EU supercomputers to speed up artificial intelligence development

The Commission and the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) have committed to open and widen access to the EU’s world-class supercomputing resources for European artificial intelligence (AI) start-ups, SMEs and the broader AI community as part of the EU AI Start-Up Initiative.

To support the further development and scalability of AI models, access to world-class supercomputers that accelerate AI training and testing is crucial, reducing training time from months or years to a matter of weeks.

The statement was made in the context of the fourth AI Alliance Assembly in Madrid and follows an announcement by President von der Leyen in her 2023 State of the Union addressEuropean AI and high-performance computing (HPC) actors will closely cooperate to drive breakthrough innovation and enhance the competitiveness of the European AI industrial ecosystem. This will accelerate the development of AI and position the European Union as a global competitive leader.

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A European Approach to Artificial Intelligence

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Fourth European AI Alliance Assembly took place in Madrid

The fourth edition of the European AI Alliance Assembly took place in Madrid on 16 and 17 November.

On 16 and 17 November the 4th European AI Alliance Assembly  took place with the theme of  “Leading Trustworthy AI globally”. The event was organised within the context of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU. Opening remarks were given by Deputy Prime Minister of Spain, Nadia Calviño Santamaría, as well as by Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton on EU leadership in trustworthy AI (video message).

The European AI Alliance is the EU’s flagship initiative that since 2018 brings together policymakers and stakeholders to contribute to shaping Europe’s artificial intelligence policy. This year’s Assembly of the AI Alliance marks another important milestone in the European AI Strategy, with the AI Act heading towards adoption and the updated Coordinated Plan on AI in its second year of implementation.

The event was an opportunity to exchange about significant legislative developments and inform stakeholders about the next steps regarding the AI Pact.

Participants attended panels dedicated to generative AI, cybersecurity and AI, as well as helping AI innovators get to market. The discussions featured the EU’s upcoming boost on AI uptake by letting startups access its high-performance supercomputers.

Discussions also tackled topics emerging on the international scene such as Council of Europe’s Convention on AI and other bilateral and multilateral cooperation initiatives for trustworthy AI.

The 4th European AI Alliance Assembly   was an open, public event, co-organised by the European Commission and the Spanish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation.