HiPEAC calls for ‘next Web’ moonshot programme and European computing institute

HiPEAC calls for ‘next Web’ moonshot programme and European computing institute

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By Nick Flaherty

The HiPEAC European technology network is calling for a computing institute to rival the CERN research labs or the European Space Agency (ESA) on the world stage.

The 2021 vision from HiPEAC (High Performance Embedded Architecture and Compilation) also calls for a ‘Moonshot Programme’ to develop the next generation of the Internet. 

HiPEAC brings together a network of over 2,000 technology specialists for computing systems, the largest in Europe, and points to the emergence of new workloads such as deep learning and large-scale industrial cyber-physical systems that have led to a series of new challenges in power consumption, timing, complexity, security, safety and sustainability.

These are not new challenges, says the report, but the scale at which they need to be tackled now calls for more effective solutions. Saving 100 mW of power each for ten billion IoT devices saves 1GW. Securing a network of 100,000 distributed computing nodes is totally different than securing a server in a data centre. Proving safety properties for autonomous vehicles software that consist of millions of lines of code written in a dozen programming languages is a challenge and can no longer be done manually.

HiPEAC recommends the creation of a “Guardian Angel” moonshot programme to create a “next web” that intertwines the cyber and physical worlds for industrial and personal use, overcoming the fragmentation of vertically-oriented closed systems, heterogeneity and the lack of interoperability. It should demonstrate self-configuration and self-management in a dynamic plug-and-play environment, while also coping with security and privacy of personal and corporate data and offering natural interfaces for their users.


Next: HiPEAC call for computing centre 

The core consists of advanced orchestrators, which are called “Guardian Angels”, loyal to their users, placed at the interface of the physical and virtual world, to orchestrate in a safe and secure way the various services provided by the “next web”. The Gaia-X high performance computing programme would fit into this.

The report points out that Europe has many national competence centres with a leading international reputation in computing such as imec, CEA, CWI, Fraunhofer,etc but lacks sufficient international competence centres such as CERN for physics or the ESA for space research which is facing a major shakeup.

HiPEAC recommends the creation of such a well-funded European competence centre in computing so that Europe is able to retain and attract top talent, to set its own ambitious research agenda, to attract large investments, and to form the core of a network of regional competence centres. Such a network will be crucial for defending Europe’s position as a scientific powerhouse. It will also the entry point of an innovation pipeline, and there are moves to drive this already in Slovakia for AI and machine learning.

The recommendations in its 2021 vision report are complex, covering Cognitive Cyber and Predictive Physical System of Systems (CCPPSS) or CPS2. A second set of recommendations cover key non-functional requirements: Sober, Secure, Safe, Straightforward and Sustainable (5S).

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