Friday, February 4th 2022

EuroHPC Joint Undertaking Launches Three New Research and Innovation Projects

The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) has launched 3 new research and innovation projects. The projects aim to bring the EU and its partners in the EuroHPC JU closer to developing independent microprocessor and HPC technology and advance a sovereign European HPC ecosystem. The European Processor Initiative (EPI SGA2), The European PILOT and the European Pilot for Exascale (EUPEX) are interlinked projects and an important milestone towards a more autonomous European supply chain for digital technologies and specifically HPC.

With joint investments of €140 million from the European Union (EU) and the EuroHPC JU Participating States, the three projects will carry out research and innovation activities to contribute to the overarching goal of securing European autonomy and sovereignty in HPC components and technologies, especially in anticipation of the European exascale supercomputers.
The three projects have been selected following two calls for proposals: H2020-JTI-EuroHPC-2020-01 for EUPEX and The European PILOT, and H2020-JTI-EuroHPC-2020-02 for EPI SGA2.

Anders Dam Jensen, the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) Executive Director, said:
"Developing a strong European HPC supply chain with independent components and technologies is key to achieve strategic autonomy and digital sovereignty in Europe. The three projects, EPI 2, EUPEX and The European PILOT are critical to make successful our transition towards exascale while developing a world-class, competitive and innovative supercomputing ecosystem across Europe."

"The EPI consortium brings together the best industrial and academic expertise in Europe: it combines the best of both worlds, academic innovation with industrial strength. We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to build on the momentum generated by phase 1 of the project and continue to develop the technologies that will power future European exascale systems. We look forward to seeing our components (processors & accelerators) experimented and used - in pilot projects and beyond." said Etienne Walter, Atos, the EPI Phase 2 General Manager.

"All members of the EUPEX consortium are extremely proud to participate in this pilot for exascale, a project on an unprecedented scale, which is the culmination of more than 10 years of European HPC research and development towards exascale supercomputing. EUPEX will crystallize the research efforts of many projects - from Mont-Blanc projects to DEEP projects - and validate EPI processors with all these European technologies within the framework of a coherent but modular pilot platform. EUPEX will pave the way for a self-reliant European HPC industry, capable of delivering exascale-class supercomputers manufactured in Europe." said Jean-Robert Bacou, Atos, the EUPEX coordinator.

"The European Pilot project will contribute to a sustainable exascale HPC in Europe and it will help build the groundwork for long-term technical independence. Hardware wise, The European Pilot leverages and significantly scales up EPI advancements built from scratch, such as EPAC, in the form of massively parallel arrangement of HPC vector and machine learning accelerators. These European-IP accelerators and customized software ecosystem will deliver near-exascale levels of performance at unparalleled levels of scale of integration. The European Pilot systems will be deployed in liquid immersion cooling tanks supporting ultra-efficient power densities. The know-how to build these supercomputers will help establish digital autonomy within the EU" said Carlos Puchol, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), the European Pilot coordinator.

European Processor Initiative (EPI)
The consortium of the European Processor Initiative (EPI) started the second implementation phase of the initiative on 1 January 2022. The project is implemented under the framework partnership agreement in European low-power microprocessor technologies which focuses on microprocessor technologies to develop competitive European technology for HPC and other applications.

Central goals of the initiative are:
  • Strengthening the competitiveness and leadership of European industry and science;
  • Developing European microprocessor technology with drastically better performance and power ratios;
  • Tackling important segments of broader and/or emerging HPC and Big-Data markets.
  • The second implementation phase of the EPI will continue the initial developments of the phase 1 on a European microprocessor and accelerator to support European technological autonomy and sovereignty in this critical area. Based on a solid, long-term economic approach, the EPI will deliver central components of future European supercomputers to boost innovation and the digital transformation of the European economy.
The specific focus of the second phase is to finalise the development of the first generation of low-power microprocessor units and accelerators, enhancing existing technologies to target the incoming European Exascale machines, develop the second generation of and ensuring paths for industrialisation and commercialisation of these technologies.

The microprocessors units are leveraging on Arm architecture, and the accelerators on Risc-V instruction set architecture. The EPI has established close links to two pilots towards the European exascale supercomputers where the developed technology will be demonstrated and made available for software development.

The project is coordinated by Atos (Bull SAS). It will run for 3 years with a budget of up to €70 million provided by the EU and the Participating States of the EuroHPC JU.

European Pilot for Exascale (EUPEX)
EUPEX was launched on 1st January 2022 and will develop the first European platform for HPC, gathering and integrating the full breadth of European technologies, from system architecture, processor, system software and development tools, all the way to applications. The EUPEX platform will be a production-grade prototype designed to be open and scalable, and leveraging the HPC technologies used and developed by its scientific and industrial partners. The pilot system will also serve as a development vehicle for software and applications in collaboration with European key user communities.

EUPEX aims to directly support an emerging and vibrant European entrepreneurial ecosystem around European HPC technology, addressing related sectors such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data processing. It will be a vehicle to prepare communities working in HPC, AI and Big Data for the upcoming European Exascale systems and federated HPC infrastructure.

The project is coordinated by Atos (Bull SAS). It will run for 4 years with a budget of up to €40.7 million provided by the EU and the Participating States of the EuroHPC JU. EUPEX is linked to The European PILOT through a collaboration agreement to ensure an aligned evolution of European technology towards the next generation of supercomputers.

Pilot using Independent, Local and Open Technologies (The European PILOT)
From 1 December 2021, The European PILOT project (Pilot using Independent, Local and Open Technologies) started working on designing a European accelerator leveraging and extending developments within the framework partnership agreement in European low-power microprocessor technologies.

Accelerators typically provide most of the nominal floating-point performance in modern HPC systems and represent fundamental building blocks of current and future Exascale HPC systems. The European PILOT will demonstrate an accelerator on the basis of European technology and an open standard using the RISC-V instruction set architecture. The integration of accelerators into a highly dense pilot HPC system with liquid immersion cooling technologies will be an important contribution to the European HPC ecosystem.

The project is coordinated by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and brings together multiple partners to combine existing intellectual property with novel innovation as building blocks for future HPC systems. The project will run for a period of 42 months with a budget of up to €30 million provided by the EU and the Participating States of the EuroHPC JU. The European PILOT is linked to EUPEX through a collaboration agreement to ensure an aligned evolution of European technology towards the next generation of supercomputers.

About the EuroHPC JU
The EuroHPC JU was created in 2018 and recently reviewed by means of Regulation Council Regulation (EU) 2021/1173. 30 European countries are currently taking part in the initiative and pooling their resources with the EU and private partners to enable the EU to become a world leader in supercomputing.

The mission of the EuroHPC JU is to develop, deploy, extend and maintain an integrated world-class supercomputing and data infrastructure in the EU and to develop and support a highly competitive and innovative HPC ecosystem
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19 Comments on EuroHPC Joint Undertaking Launches Three New Research and Innovation Projects

#1
bug
US: Silicon Valley
EU: yet another bureaucratic structure

Surely this time it's going to work. Right?
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Fluffmeister
For those wondering, this is happening in Europe.
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Kanan
Tech Enthusiast & Gamer
bugUS: Silicon Valley
EU: yet another bureaucratic structure

Surely this time it's going to work. Right?
Well this is political, Silicon Valley is open market, big difference. And yes, Europe never had that. Israel has something resembling the SV
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rutra80
Yes EU (don't mix with Europe) is political and this is the problem. It is actually acting as a hand brake. EU could make sense if it was purely an economy structure.
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Kanan
Tech Enthusiast & Gamer
rutra80Yes EU (don't mix with Europe) is political and this is the problem. It is actually acting as a hand brake. EU could make sense if it was purely an economy structure.
I dont think it's negative, more tech is useful, more options are better. Less dependency.
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rutra80
EU isn't quite bringing anything to tech, and it limits the options with its bureaucracy, often absurd policies and guidelines.
If there are no products in Europe like the ones mentioned in the article, it either means that there is no demand, or EU made it hard for companies or individuals to create one.
Honestly, no one in the world needs european CPU. World wants good, efficient, cheap CPUs no matter where/who makes them. Just get off the way and everything will thrive.

Believe me, the initiatives mentioned in the article will be mostly about non-tech women in suits having countless meetings and panels, producing countless papers with guidelines... Yes, eventually somewhere there will be some engineers doing an actual work, but overall efficiency will be around 0,1%, and this is the problem with EU.
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Kanan
Tech Enthusiast & Gamer
rutra80EU isn't quite bringing anything to tech, and it limits the options with its bureaucracy, often absurd policies and guidelines.
If there are no products in Europe like the ones mentioned in the article, it either means that there is no demand, or EU made it hard for companies or individuals to create one.
Honestly, no one in the world needs european CPU. World wants good, efficient, cheap CPUs no matter where/who makes them. Just get off the way and everything will thrive.

Believe me, the initiatives mentioned in the article will be mostly about non-tech women in suits having countless meetings and panels, producing countless papers with guidelines... Yes, eventually somewhere there will be some engineers doing an actual work, but overall efficiency will be around 0,1%, and this is the problem with EU.
We will see, the goal of the initiative is to change all that, so basically the opposite of what you said. Though you have the right to be skeptical. I'm skeptical as well, just not directly saying everything is bad.
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#8
bonehead123
AleksandarKinvestments of €140 million
HAHAHAHAHA..... it will cost 50-100x that just to get those initiatives moving towards anything resembling REAL actions.... plus about 25% overhead inherent to the bureaucratic and political palm-greasing for all the endless red tape, non-stop feasibility studies, and regulatory mish-mash that will surely follow......
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Kanan
Tech Enthusiast & Gamer
bonehead123HAHAHAHAHA..... it will cost 50-100x that just to get those initiatives moving towards anything resembling REAL actions.... plus about 25% overhead inherent to the bureaucratic and political palm-greasing for all the endless red tape, non-stop feasibility studies, and regulatory mish-mash that will surely follow......
I'm pretty sure these are only the starting investments to get the ball rolling, not the entire money that will be spend to develop the tech. It's obvious those investments will not be enough to finish all their goals and more money will be needed to be spend later. If the whole EU is sponsoring this, money shouldn't be an issue.
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#10
bug
KananI dont think it's negative, more tech is useful, more options are better. Less dependency.
Except we don't have more of anything. There's no AI happening in the EU, no social media, no search engine, no cloud, no nothing. We have Spotify and SAP. And I'm not proud of either. Everything else we buy from US (and fine them when we don't like the trade balance) or from China (who we don't fine, because we can't).
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Kanan
Tech Enthusiast & Gamer
bugExcept we don't have of anything. There's no AI happening in the EU, no social media, no search engine, no cloud, no nothing. We have Spotify and SAP. And I'm not proud of either. Everything else we buy from US (and fine them when we don't like the trade balance) or from China (who we don't fine, because we can't).
This is exactly the reason why this initiative makes sense. Maybe it's too little too late but it's better than nothing
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#12
bug
KananThis is exactly the reason why this initiative makes sense. Maybe it's too little too late but it's better than nothing
It doesn't make any sense. The "secret" of the US is that it is one free market. Over here we cling onto our history, nationalism and refuse to integrate anything that matters. That stifle collaboration and is a drain of resources whenever you try to do something across borders.

What you need to be competitive in the digital world is talent. And talent flocks to where things happen, not where the government makes $$$ available. Leeches flock towards that (sorry, that sounds terrible, I know)
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Kanan
Tech Enthusiast & Gamer
bugIt doesn't make any sense. The "secret" of the US is that it is one free market. Over here we cling onto our history, nationalism and refuse to integrate anything that matters. That stifle collaboration and is a drain of resources whenever you try to do something across borders.

What you need to be competitive in the digital world is talent. And talent flocks to where things happen, not where the government makes $$$ available. Leeches flock towards that (sorry, that sounds terrible, I know)
I'm not a fan of black painting everything. We will see if it works out or not. Asian countries aren't like US either and good tech is still being made.
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#14
bug
KananI'm not a fan of black painting everything. We will see if it works out or not.
Me neither, but I have grown accustomed to our bureaucrats to always do the wrong thing.
KananAsian countries aren't like US either and good tech is still being made.
Which countries? If you're thinking China or India, those are basically continents on their own as far as the human resource is concerned.
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Kanan
Tech Enthusiast & Gamer
bugMe neither, but I have grown accustomed to our bureaucrats to always do the wrong thing.
I dont see it, Europe is still way better managed than US. The US has their free creativity going for them, but pretty much sucks in everything else. A high cost for their freedom (which is also only artistic freedom).
bugWhich countries?
Japan, Taiwan, China, S. Korea mainly.
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#16
rutra80
KananEurope is still way better managed than US
More ≠ better.
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Kanan
Tech Enthusiast & Gamer
rutra80More ≠ better.
I didnt use the word "more". If you're trying to make a point feel free to formulate a complete sentence.
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#18
rutra80
I know you didn't, in MY opinion we don't have good management - we have more management. And we're talking here central management which is well known in post-communist countries where it failed terribly, and fails in EU. Most of the technology comes from US, Japan, Korea and other countries known for well developed capitalism. That technology comes from companies and individuals who were given freedom to develop. Development by companies and individuals is also far more efficient, in every respect.
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Kanan
Tech Enthusiast & Gamer
rutra80Development by companies and individuals is also far more efficient, in every respect.
I agree, but my opinion is still to wait and see what happens, I don't agree with the black painting here and just talking everything down and not even giving it a chance first. Europe isn't perfect, well nobody said it is. Safety has downsides. Conservatism is bad for creativity.
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