Europe seeks independance for its exascale systems

June 04, 2019 //By Julien Happich
Almost six months in, the European Processor Initiative (EPI) project that kicked off last December has already delivered its first architectural designs to the European Commission.

With a focus on addressing the needs of the European industry (including the car manufacturing market) with made-in-Europe compute power at the exascale, the project is part of the EU’s strategic plans in HPC, bringing a low-power microprocessor to market while ensuring that the key competences for high-end chip design remain in Europe.

The EPI consortium includes experts in all the relevant areas for such a major undertaking: the High-Performance Computing research community, major supercomputing centres, the computer system, automotive, and silicon industry, as well as the potential scientific and industrial users. Through a co-design approach, EPI will design and develop the first European HPC System for the HPC and automotive markets through several major deliverables including an HPC general purpose processor, an accelerator, and an automotive platform.

The Initiative is part of a broader strategy implemented by the European Union via its legal and funding entity – the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU), pooling the Union’s and national resources on HPC to acquire, build, and deploy in Europe the most powerful supercomputers worldwide.

It is anticipated that the new European-developed technologies will enable European researchers from academia and industry to access HPC systems at exceptional levels of energy-efficient performance, contributing to Europe’s scientific leadership, industrial competitiveness, engineering skills and know-how.

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