The three calls are:
The EuroHPC budget available for these calls is 85 million euro. This should be matched by another 85 million euro by the participating EuroHPC countries. So the total budget available is 170 million euro.
The support for a sustainable extreme-scale HPC ecosystem in Europe requires mastering the R&D process with a co-design approach and a holistic view on the technology supply, hardware, software stack and applications. The overall goal is to demonstrate the successful integration of European technologies in future European exascale and extreme performance computing capabilities addressing scientific, industrial or societal challenges.
Proposals should address one of the following topics:
Pilot systems should demonstrate a reliable proof of concept of European Union technologies, notably proving the capability of scaling up and of providing energy-efficient solutions to realise the future European exascale supercomputers.
Specific Challenge:To demonstrate in pre-operational environments the successful integration of European technology building blocks developed for example in the European Processor Initiative (EPI) and in previously funded EU R&I actions (projects) into fully integrated pilot supercomputing systems commensurate with exascale performance objectives along with other European IP such as software tools and application libraries, interconnects, rack design, cooling systems, advanced fabric management, etc. The goal of these pilot supercomputing systems will be to produce a prototype system which can be used in a pre-operational environment, able to execute jobs and run software components designed as part of the pilot programme.
Two such pilot supercomputing systems will be supported whose work will be closely inter-coordinated. They will have to demonstrate how the challenges of power efficiency, usability, resiliency and scalability can be met, by considering in particular a strong co-design approach driven by ambitious application requirements. The involved stakeholders should include technology component suppliers, system integrators, supercomputing infrastructure providers and user communities.
Scope:Proposals are expected to address the European research, technology building blocks integration, system co-design, validation and experimentation of advanced supercomputing pilot systems aiming at exascale performance, driven by a set of ambitious extreme data and HPC application and power-efficiency requirements.
The approaches should ensure that they contribute to the realisation of future exascale system architectures based on European low-power processing technologies, such as those developed for example in the EPI initiative. Each proposal should aim at realising one supercomputing pilot system. Pilot systems should maximise the integration of European hardware and software technologies, and foster, to the extent possible, the development of solutions based on European open hardware and open-source software.
Two complementary pilot supercomputing systems are expected to be supported, based on the European Processor Initiative (EPI) and/or other previously funded EU projects:
The proposals should address all the following points:
Wherever appropriate, actions should seek synergies and co-financing from relevant national or regional research and innovation programmes.
The EuroHPC JU considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the JU of up to 22 million euro for the first pilot above and up to 15 million euro for the second pilot above, are matched by the Participating Member States with a similar amount, and have a duration of between 3 and 4 years.
Considering the specific objectives of the calls for proposals and the fact that these calls concern areas of critical importance for the security of the Union and the Digital Single Market and may pose potential risk to ensuring European technological autonomy in line with Article 9 of the Rules for Participation5, the EuroHPC JU may limit the participation of legal entities established in associated countries and legal entities established in the EU but controlled from third countries.
Expected Impact:Proposals should describe how the proposed work will contribute to the impacts listed below and include a baseline, targets and metrics to measure impact:
1. Contribution to the realisation of the EuroHPC JU's overall and specific objectives
2. Strengthening scientific leadership as well as the competitiveness and innovation potential of the European industry through the further development and use of European technologies
3. Contributing to a sustainable exascale HPC supply ecosystem in Europe and ensuring European technological autonomy in this field
4. Leveraging the efforts on the European low power processing (in particular the European Processor Initiative) or in open hardware technologies and contributing to the realisation of future exascale system architectures based on such technologies
5. Maximising the use of European technologies in users and developers of relevant applications for European scientific and industrial leadership
6. Creation, promotion and exploitation potential of European IP
7. Maturity of solutions and potential for exploitation in future European exascale HPC components and systems
Type of Action:Research and Innovation Action.
State-of-the-art scientific computing, especially for large-scale applications, lies in the massively parallel heterogeneous architectures of HPC systems. Accelerators can maximize the parallelism of HPC systems for scientific computing. However, solving large scientific problems requires huge amounts of computing capacities and memory that current HPC systems cannot optimally address. One solution for performing computations with such a large amount of memory and processors would be the quantum simulator.
A quantum simulator is a highly controllable quantum device that allows one to obtain insights into properties of complex quantum systems or solve specific computational problems inaccessible to classical computers. It can efficiently complement the parallel architecture of current supercomputers and act as "accelerator", addressing applications related to complex simulation and optimisation problems, notably for materials development, drug discovery, transportation and other real-world problems of high importance to industry.
The objective of the pilot action will be to develop, deploy and coordinate at European level a European quantum simulation (QS) infrastructure of circa 100+ interacting quantum units that shall be accessible via the Cloud on a non-commercial basis to public and private European users. European quantum simulation technologies are currently being developed by EU projects or by national projects in the Member States. The action will cover the acquisition of one such quantum simulator and its maintenance costs, the development of the interconnection between the classical supercomputer and the quantum simulator and the development of the necessary Cloud access and middleware for programming and running applications in the quantum simulator. The European quantum simulator should be hosted by a supercomputing centre located in the Union and co-located with a EuroHPC or Tier-0 supercomputer that should be existing at the moment when the project would start or soon after.
The objective of opening up such early computing platforms (whether in the form of quantum simulators or first physical computing platforms) widely to European users is to help them familiarize with quantum technologies, test their capabilities/performances and develop their first quantum applications and algorithms. The aim is not only to train users in using quantum computing systems but, most importantly, to develop an early ecosystem of quantum programming facilities and application libraries.
The EuroHPC JU considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the JU of up to 6 million euro, matched by the Participating States with a similar amount, and a duration of between 3 to 5 years would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. The costs include the acquisition of one quantum simulator and its maintenance and operation cost.
programming facilities and applications;
familiarise themselves with quantum technologies and develop the use cases.
Type of Action:Research and Innovation Action
The European Processor Initiative (EPI) develops and implements the roadmap for European HPC chips and accelerators facilitating the development of exascale machines. The aim is to provide industry in Europe with a competitive edge in processor technology to be further exploited across a wide range of applications from engineering, science and bio-medical to automotive, manufacturing, finance and emerging Big-Data and smart objects fields.
Within the Framework Partnership Agreement in European low-power microprocessor technologies awarded in 2017, the first phase of EPI (EPI Phase 1) is funded by the Horizon 2020 work programme 2018-2019 through a Specific Grant Agreement (SGA).
One Proposal will be invited against the following topic:
EuroHPC-2020-02: Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) in European low-power microprocessor technologies (Phase 2)
Specific Challenge:Within the Framework Partnership Agreement in European low-power microprocessor technologies awarded in 2017, the selected consortium will be invited to submit a Research and Innovation Action proposal for the second phase of the design and development of European low-power processors and related technologies for extreme-scale, high-performance big-data, AI and emerging applications, in accordance with the research roadmap defined in the respective FPA.
Scope:In particular, the proposal will build on the results of the Phase 1 of the European Processor Initiative (EPI), and is expected to cover the following topics:
a) Development of the second generation of low-power general purpose processing system units. Generate the functional and non-functional requirements (using representative HPC and big-data benchmarks, emerging applications specifications (in the automotive sector for example), and targeting maximum energy-efficiency and reliability; design the architecture of the processing system units; verify, tape-out, validate, test and bring up the processing system units; develop the required firmware and system software leveraging, as much as possible, on open source efforts and solutions.
b) Development of the second generation of low-power processing system units for application acceleration. Generate their functional and non-functional requirements (using relevant representative HPC and Big Data benchmarks and emerging applications) and design their architecture to accelerate specific HPC and Big Data applications, including as edge and embedded automotive applications or other emerging applications. The applications must have high-volume potential. Processing units will be realised as stand-alone components, distributed collaborating systems or IP-blocks, and will include stand-alone open RISC V hardware approaches for accelerators with connectivity not limited to the EPI processing units, addressing a large number of application areas. Work in this topic is required to interface with topic a) in order to achieve maximum interoperability (including IP-block interfacing) and roadmap synchronisation.
c) Validation of the first generation of low-power processing system units developed in Phase 1 (and Phase 2). Finalize the required firmware and system software leveraging, as much as possible, on open source efforts and solutions; development and integration of the boards/blades and test benches to demonstrate the processing units and accelerators developed in Phase 1 (and Phase 2) of EPI with the porting of representative sets of real- life kernels for the chosen application(s). This will address also the integration and interconnection of the EPI hardware ecosystem with other approaches.
d) Support for a hardware and software development platform common to different processor and accelerator types. This platform should be accessible by a wide range of interested parties. Support should also be directed towards maximising early on the uptake by users of processor and accelerator technology developed in Phases 1 and 2 of EPI for testing purposes.
The developed technologies will demonstrate the synergies between HPC at the exascale level and scalability to distributed collaborating systems in emerging computing applications, in the automotive sector for example. The designs should follow a modular approach that would allow a rapid scale-up or scale-down. Sustainability and economic viability of the developed solutions are key aspects.
Wherever appropriate in order to address specific technology needs and/or activities, the consortium should seek additional partners to join the FPA consortium, provided they respect the objectives of the project.
The EuroHPC JU considers that a proposal requesting a contribution from the JU of up to 35 million euro, matched by the Participating States with a similar amount, and a duration of up to 3 years would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nevertheless this does not preclude submission and selection of a proposal with another duration or requesting other amounts.
Wherever appropriate, the proposal could seek synergies and co-financing from relevant national or regional research and innovation programmes, including structural funds addressing smart specialisation. Work combining different sources of financing should include a concrete financial plan detailing the use of these funding sources for the different parts of the activities.
Considering the specific objectives of the call for proposals and the fact that these calls concern areas of critical importance for the security of Union and the Digital Single Market and may pose potential risk to ensuring European technological autonomy in line with Article 9 of the Rules for Participation, the EuroHPC JU may limit the participation of legal entities established in associated countries and legal entities established in the EU but controlled from third countries.
Expected Impact:Proposals should describe how the proposed work will contribute to the impacts listed below and include a baseline, targets and metrics to measure impact.
1. Contribution to the realisation of the EuroHPC JU's overall and specific objectives
2. Strengthening scientific leadership as well as the competitiveness and innovation potential of European industry, contributing to a sustainable exascale HPC supply ecosystem in Europe and ensuring European technological autonomy in this field
3. Provide European industry with a competitive edge in processor technology with potential for a wide range of applications from engineering, science and bio-medical to automotive, manufacturing, finance and emerging big-data and smart objects fields
4. Leveraging the efforts on the European low power processing technologies (in particular the European Processor Initiative) and contributing to the realisation of future exascale system architectures based on such technologies
5. Creation, promotion and exploitation potential of European IP
6. Maturity of solutions and potential for exploitation in future European exascale HPC systems
Type of Action:Specific Grant Agreement (SGA) - Research and Innovation Action
Specific Challenge:High Performance Computing (HPC) is a rapidly accelerating field of research and development with a strong potential for economic growth. While computer science and programming is included in all university curricula as well as school curricula in some European countries, this does not satisfy the needs for HPC awareness, an HPC-ready workforce, and modern education in HPC. This topic aims at creating a pan-European agenda for the development of modern HPC-related education serving the necessary key-actors to reach industrial target groups.
Scope:The action should propose a pilot programme that aims to develop a quality-controlled educational master programme for HPC and industrial applications of pan-European reach. It should be developed and launched in close cooperation with the relevant European industry players (supply and user industry), HPC Competence Centres, HPC Centres of Excellence and PRACE in order to provide a programme that addresses concrete industry needs in HPC. The action should also facilitate companies to host students of the HPC master programme for a period of 3 to 6 months. One outcome should be a network of the training programme pilots based on well-documented best practices, tools and reusable training material, and linked with the industrial target group(s). Another outcome should be a concrete set of lessons learned in launching a pan European educational activity in HPC inspired by such pilot programme, including a roadmap and concrete recommendations for achieving it.
The consortium should demonstrate a good mix of excellence in education research and in HPC technologies and applications, with solid links to the HPC supply and user industry in Europe. It should have a clear strategy on how to stimulate the cooperation between education stakeholders and the HPC industry in Europe.
The EuroHPC JU considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the JU of up to 7 million euro, matched by the Participating States with a similar amount, and a duration of up to 3 years would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nevertheless this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals with another duration or requesting other amounts.
Expected Impact:Proposals should describe how the proposed work will contribute to the impacts listed below:
1. Contribution to the realisation of the EuroHPC overall and specific objectives
2. Facilitate access to services and training offered at national level to interested HPC users from industry, academia or public sector
3. Improved coordination and increased availability of training activities on HPC
4. Establishment of high quality HPC training and education programmes across the Union addressing industry needs
5. Joint MSc students connected to industry and more broadly preparing a skilled young future workforce in HPC ready to be employed by the European industry
Type of Action:Coordination and Support Action
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