Exascale project EuroEXA kicks-off in Barcelona - to receive 20 million euro funding


Picture: Peter Hopton
7 Sep 2017 Barcelona - The EuroEXA project, that receives 19.949.022,50 euro from the European Union's H2020 programme, started on September 1st. The project will run for 42 months. The project will co-design a balanced architecture for both compute- and data-intensive applications using a cost-efficient, modular-integration approach enabled by novel inter-die links and the tape-out of a resulting EuroEXA processing unit with integration of FPGA for data-flow acceleration. The project will provide a homogenised software platform offering heterogeneous acceleration with scalable shared memory access and create a unique hybrid geographically-addressed, switching and topology interconnect within the rack while enabling the adoption of low-cost Ethernet switches offering low-latency and high-switching bandwidth. It is part of Europe's endeavour towards exascale supercomputing.

The project objectives include to develop and deploy an Arm Cortex technology processing system with Xilinx Ultrascale+ FPGA acceleration at petascale level by 2020, it is hoped that this will enable an exascale procurement for deployment in 2022/23.

The partners are:

  • ARM - UK
  • ICCS (Institute Of Communication And Computer Systems) - Greece
  • The University Of Manchester - UK
  • BSC (Barcelona Supercomputing Center) - Spain
  • FORTH (Foundation For Research And Technology Hellas) - Greece
  • The Hartree Centre of STFC - UK
  • IMEC - Belgium
  • ZeroPoint Technologies - Sweden
  • Iceotope - UK
  • Synelixis Solutions Ltd - Greece
  • Maxeler Technologies – UK
  • Neurasmus - Netherlands
  • INFN (Istituto Nazionale Di Fisica Nucleare) - Italy
  • INAF (Istituto Nazionale Di Astrofisica) - Italy
  • ECMWF (European Centre For Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) - International
  • And Fraunhofer - Germany

There is a kind of informal collaboration of organisations and projects that bears the same name EuroEXA. This can create some confusion. The website of the project linked below is not yet active.

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