23 Mar 2018 Brussels - The European Commission published an official announcement of the European Processor Initiative (EPI) on its website. As we reported already a few weeks ago in an interview with Atos' Philippe Notton - who will be leading the initiative, EPI will develop a processor that will be at the heart of the EuroHPC supercomputers. The announcement confirms there are 23 partners in the project and the budget amounts to 120 million euro. It is not clear about the performance target, as it mentions 10 Petaflop/s as target for pre-exascale systems, which seems a bit low.
The article confirms EPI gathers experts from the High Performance Computing (HPC) research community, the major supercomputing centres, and the computing and silicon industry as well as the potential scientific and industrial users. Through a co-design approach, it will design and develop the first European HPC Systems on Chip and accelerators. Both elements will be implemented and validated in a prototype system that will become the basis for a full exascale machine based on European technology.
The development of such technologies needs a long-term financial support. Therefore, the EPI consortium will be buoyed through a Framework Partnership Agreement.
Vice President Ansip of the EC is happy with EPI: "The European Processor Initiative is an important step of a strategic plan to develop an independent and innovative European supercomputing and data ecosystem and will ensure that the key competence of high-end chip design remains in Europe, a critical point for many application areas. Thanks to such new European technologies, European scientists and industry will be able to access exceptional levels of energy-efficient computing performance. This will benefit Europe's scientific leadership, industrial competitiveness, engineering skills and know-how and the society as whole."
Read our previous interview with Philippe Notton, who has now been officially elected by the EPI general assembly as project manager, about EPI: The European Processor Initiative (EPI) to develop the processor that will be at the heart of the European exascale supercomputer effort .