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Workshop Report :"Towards a Breakthrough in Software for Advanced Computing Systems" now available .

ICT WP2013 : Now Public. See in particular Obj. 3.4 "Advanced computing, embedded and control systems" and Obj.7.1 "Applications experiments for robotics and simulation"

ICT Proposers Day 2012 26-27 September 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. More information on Programme, Registration see in " Events ".

HiPEAC Computing Systems Week will take place in Ghent, October 15-17 2012. More information in " Events ".

New strategic events/reports towards Horizon 2020

  • The report " Computing Systems : Research Challenges Ahead " analyses the relevant societal, business and applications trends as well as the research challenges in the broader area of Computing.

  • The report " Technology-Scalable Datacenters " discusses the specific research and technology challenges for a European ecosystem of datacenter innovation. The report was developed by experts from key European companies.
  • The report " A Strategy for Research and Innovation through High-Performance Computing " describes the required innovation breakthroughs for putting high-end computing resources in the everyday business loop of companies. Commercial HPC providers or low-cost in-house systems are visible alternatives to top supercomputer installations for the big majority of small and medium innovative companies.

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What we mean by saying Complex Systems and Advanced Computing? The areas of our activities cover: Advanced Computing, Embedded Systems Engineering and ICT for Manufacturing. Below will find information related to Computing area. In order to find info and projects related news on other areas of our activities please go to Embedded Systems Engineering part and ICT for Manufacturing.

Computing is the main enabling technology that has radically changed the economy over the last 50 years. Computing has entered a new and important phase in its history due to fast paced evolution and disruptions happening right now :

One of the key challenges ahead of us is that of mastering parallelism, concurrency, and heterogeneity on all level from hardware, to system software, to services, and to applications.

The FP7 Objective on Computing Systems under Challenge 3 of the ICT Priority of the FP7-Cooperation Programme takes a bottom-up approach building on EU strenghts :

home-image.gif The objective covers the complete computing spectrum from embedded and mobile computing, via server farms to high performance computing systems. With data-centres becoming the corner-stone of the Internet and the Cloud, low energy low costs systems for data centres have become one of the key priorities of the objective. For example, the EuroCloud project ( ) targets a factor of 10 improvement in cost and energy efficiency of server chips, such as those used by Nokia's data-centres serving millions of mobile handsets. The solution will be based on many ARM cores and advanced 3D-stacked chip technology creating a very dense, low power server chip. By validating this path, companies across the world will be able to construct super-efficient, environmentally clean and compact data centres for the deployment of green Cloud Computing services. Pioneering the pursuit of green data centres further strenghtens Europe's leadership and excellence in low-power electronics and green computing.

Support action PlanetHPC ( ) and Network of Excellence HiPEAC ( ) are developing strategic roadmaps for potential future activities on advanced computing.

  • Multicore and manycore processors are now the norm rather than the exception including heterogeneous systems with various types of on-chip or off-chipp accelerators.
  • Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets have emerged as the new "general-purpose" computing devices beside PCs providing cloud access to millions of citizens and business.
  • Due to broad deployment of broadband and "the Cloud" with its new pay-per-use business models, computing resources are accessible for a whole range of new actors.
  • Knowledge mining is becoming a key enabler for industry and applications are becoming increasingly data-centric : Server farms, compute servers, HPC systems converging.
  • Computing infrastructures rely on components more and more coming from the mobile world.
  • System software for server farms is increasingly becoming open source.
  • Energy and cost efficiency are becoming as important as processing power.
  • It builds on and expands from Europe's strenghts in developing components and systems for embedded and mobile computing ("low energy - low cost") in sectors as media, automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics and medical applications to lead the next computing architectural revolution. Leveraging European strenghs offers new opportunities for European products as well as alleviates the threat of dominance from foreign suppliers that build on their strenghs in general-purpose computing.
  • It addresses key challenges predominant so far mostly in the embedded world, which become important nowadays for the full computing spectrum, e.g. real-time, dependability, fault tolerance, co-design. It profits from the convergence of the various Computing market segments and exploits synergies across the full computing spectrum.
  • It supports the development of technologies and tools for mastering parallelism and concurrency by effeciently exploiting multi-/many-core and heterogeneous nodes including GPUs (graphical processing units) as well as hierarchies of network connectivity and storage.
  • Last not least, the research, development and innovation activities under this objectives is driven by the industrial agendas of Europe's key actors in the field, both the system provider as well as on the service and application side.

Projects in the news

The CARP project aims at improving the programmability of accelerated systems, particularly systems accelerated with GPUs, at all levels.
Read the articles on hpcwire , eetimes , and design-reuse

Two new " studies " launched in 2011.

HIPEAC press release : " Europe goes for computing technologies as driver for competitiveness ". Read more here !

The HiPEAC Network of Excellence has published a roadmap on high-performance and embedded architecture and compilation for the coming decade - Read the document . The new HiPEAC Roadmap 2011 is ready (pdf - 2.7 MB) !

The CRISP project has demonstrated a self-testing and self-repairing chip (EETIMES)

The EUROCLOUD project is working on energy-efficient servers for next-generation data-centres. Read the articles on, , , and

PlanetHPC interviewed Thierry Van der Pyl (Director, Components and Systems Directorate, DG INFSO, European Commission) on the importance of High Performance Computing for Europe, and his vision for its development. Read the interview on PlanetHPC .
The new strategy of the project has been published : a Strategy for Research and Innovation through High Performance Computing (pdf - 1.7 MB).

The PRO3D project is working on programming breakthroughs for future 3D manycore architectures. Read the articles on , and .

The VELOX project is developing integrated Transactional Memory systems for multi-core computers. Read the articles on , and