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Primeur weekly 2019-02-11

Focus

2018 - Another year on the Road to Exascale - Part II - Memory, interconnects and other technologies for exascale ...

German Research Data Infrastructure GeRDI offers service to manage data according to FAIR principles ...

Do not get lost in the Horizon 2020 labyrinth, use the Knowledge Base ...

Exascale supercomputing

Exascale computing is coming soon, but will scientific communities be ready to make use of it? ...

Quantum computing

Atos delivers one of the most powerful quantum simulators in the world to Hartree Centre in the UK ...

Argonne researchers develop new method to reduce quantum noise ...

Focus on Europe

State concept to high-performance computing: German universities are intensifying their cooperation ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center coordinates an international project to share and reuse cancer genomic data at a global level ...

Middleware

ThinkParQ announces its Platinum Partnership with Pacific Teck ...

Software stack in a snapshot ...

Kalray launches ES3CAP as lead partner: a 22,2 million euro budget ambitious industrial project for the development of the future computing platform for intelligent systems ...

Hardware

DDN names RAID Inc. a preferred Lustre reseller ...

Tremend signs agreement with Mellanox ...

WekaIO places first on the Virtual Institute's IO-500 10 Node Challenge ...

Applications

Barcelona Supercomputing Center's ground-breaking collaboration with Global Parametrics supercharges its predictive climate-risk modelling ...

New geometric model improves predictions of fluid flow in rock ...

Modelling uncertain terrain with supercomputers ...

Supercomputing propels jet atomization research for industrial processes ...

NOAA and NCAR partner on new, state-of-the-art U.S. modelling framework ...

The Cloud

Newly launched ANSYS Cloud accelerates engineering productivity and business agility ...

OCRE enables easy Cloud usage through the European Open Science Cloud ...

Kalray launches ES3CAP as lead partner: a 22,2 million euro budget ambitious industrial project for the development of the future computing platform for intelligent systems

6 Feb 2019 Grenoble - Kalray, a pioneer in processors for new intelligent systems, has launched the collaborative ES3CAP programme, combining 11 industrial and academic partners, for which Kalray is the lead partner. The ES3CAP programme, with a total budget of 22,2 million euro over three years, will receive 11,7 million euro in financing under the Invest for the Future Programme, managed by Bpifrance, to contribute to finance the research activities.

The objective of the ES3CAP project is to build a hardware and software platform for manufacturers developing critical applications that require high-performance computing capacity, in the fields of aeronautics - aviation, flying taxis, drones, defense and self-driving vehicles. It comprises an entire ecosystem of partners working on complementary aspects of operating systems and real-time, critical software tools, computer vision, data fusion and artificial intelligence, all on a reliable and secure hardware platform, Kalray's Massively Parallel Processor Array (MPPA).

The artificial intelligence boom is on the verge of revolutionizing many markets. The self-driving cars, aircraft engines and robots of the future will all require access to new Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) in direct interaction with the physical world and with the capacity to process, via increasingly sophisticated algorithms, an increasing amount of data and functions. These processing operations must be carried out while ensuring compliance with the strict functional safety and security requirements shared across these different industries.

Therefore, these changing requirements have therefore forced manufacturers to adopt new generations of processors called "multi" or even "many" cores, the only processors capable of meeting the twofold need for performance and integration of a large number of functions on a single component capable of providing the required computing capacity and operational independence. ES3CAP relies on Kalray's MPPA many-core processors, which meet all of these requirements perfectly.

The industrial partners for this project include Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and EasyMile for automotive, and Safran Electronics & Defense and MBDA for avionics and defense. Technological partners include ANSYS/Esterel Technologies for the certified software development tool portion and the generation of the multi-core code, Krono-Safe for its ASTERIOS software solution consisting of a suite of integrated software tools and a multi-core real-time kernel with a high level of operational reliability, Prove & Run for the security architecture, OS and high security services, Kalray for its intelligent MPPA processors and the associated software platform, PROPHESEE for the patented high-performance neuromorphic vision comprising sensors and artificial intelligence. The expert partner tasked with ensuring the operational reliability of the physical platform is IROC Technologies. The key academic partners are CEA - French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission - and Inria - French research institute for digital sciences.

Éric Baissus, CEO of Kalray, commented as follows: "Intelligent systems are going to play an increasingly important role in our lives, whether in the self-driving cars or aircraft of the future. France has a very dynamic and cutting-edge ecosystem in this area. We're delighted to have been able to surround ourselves and the ES3CAP project with renowned manufacturers, research laboratories, fast-growing SMEs and French start-ups, and to have obtained the support of the French government to strengthen a national sector that is both commercially attractive and strategic for our industry."

Rémi Bastien, VP Automotive Prospective at Groupe Renault, added: "This collaborative project with Kalray, bringing together expertise from multiple disciplines and sectors, is a great opportunity for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi. We expect that it will lead to a variety of applications in the development of future vehicles' electronic architecture - from the more complex, related to autonomous driving, to simpler ones."

Pejvan Beigui, CTO of EasyMile, stated: "We are looking forward to collaborating with the institutions, large enterprises and deep-tech startups of the ES3CAP consortium. Kalray's platform, built on top of their innovative many-core MPPA processor, is ticking all the boxes when it comes to EasyMile's requirements for high performance, high reliability and ultra-safe systems. I am very excited at the prospect of running EasyMile's leading autonomous navigation software on the MPPA processor and leveraging the tremendous value this platform will bring us."

On behalf of Safran, major European player in aeronautics and defense, Joël Berkoukchi, Deputy General Manager, Director of the Avionics Division, declared: "The ES3CAP project gives Safran the opportunity to broaden the environment of Kalray's new generation of high-compute and safety-critical MPPA processor, and to ease its integration into innovative avionics architectures to bring autonomous aircraft to life."

Harold Van den Bossche, Responsible for industrial Policy and Supply Chain at MBDA, a major European player in the defense sector, made the following comments: "MBDA is very happy to be taking part in the development of the 'multi-core' processor ecosystem on the Kalray platform. The applications for our future on-board systems are highly promising, and thus contribute to the strength of our armed forces. The ES3CAP consortium is a prime example of cooperation between major groups, institutions and SMEs in supporting technological innovation in France and guaranteeing the sovereignty of our technological and industrial capacities for both civil society and defense."

Sophie Rémont, Head of Expertise at Bpifrance, stated: "Kalray has successfully shared its strategic vision and has formed high-quality industrial and academic partnerships in order to achieve its goals. We're delighted to be joining Kalray in this new innovative project, for which it is the lead manager."

Source: Kalray

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2019-02-11

Focus

2018 - Another year on the Road to Exascale - Part II - Memory, interconnects and other technologies for exascale ...

German Research Data Infrastructure GeRDI offers service to manage data according to FAIR principles ...

Do not get lost in the Horizon 2020 labyrinth, use the Knowledge Base ...

Exascale supercomputing

Exascale computing is coming soon, but will scientific communities be ready to make use of it? ...

Quantum computing

Atos delivers one of the most powerful quantum simulators in the world to Hartree Centre in the UK ...

Argonne researchers develop new method to reduce quantum noise ...

Focus on Europe

State concept to high-performance computing: German universities are intensifying their cooperation ...

Barcelona Supercomputing Center coordinates an international project to share and reuse cancer genomic data at a global level ...

Middleware

ThinkParQ announces its Platinum Partnership with Pacific Teck ...

Software stack in a snapshot ...

Kalray launches ES3CAP as lead partner: a 22,2 million euro budget ambitious industrial project for the development of the future computing platform for intelligent systems ...

Hardware

DDN names RAID Inc. a preferred Lustre reseller ...

Tremend signs agreement with Mellanox ...

WekaIO places first on the Virtual Institute's IO-500 10 Node Challenge ...

Applications

Barcelona Supercomputing Center's ground-breaking collaboration with Global Parametrics supercharges its predictive climate-risk modelling ...

New geometric model improves predictions of fluid flow in rock ...

Modelling uncertain terrain with supercomputers ...

Supercomputing propels jet atomization research for industrial processes ...

NOAA and NCAR partner on new, state-of-the-art U.S. modelling framework ...

The Cloud

Newly launched ANSYS Cloud accelerates engineering productivity and business agility ...

OCRE enables easy Cloud usage through the European Open Science Cloud ...