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Accelerated EuRopean clOud

Project description

Developing an open-source software ecosystem for the emerging EU processor designs

The push for European innovation and autonomy in computational infrastructure and chip design has led to many fruitful projects working to achieve this goal. Crucial among these is the EU Processor Initiative (EPI) that is working on the design and development of the first EU processor. The EU-funded AERO project aims to complement the efforts of the EPI project by developing the open-source software ecosystem required to not only improve the efficiency of the EPI hardware but also accelerate and ease the processor's integration into the cloud. Moreover, the project will enhance performance as well as energy and security efficiency, and facilitate and motivate user migration to the European cloud platform, infrastructure and ecosystem.


Several European flagship projects have emerged towards European sovereignty in chip design and computing infrastructure. Among them, the EU Processor Initiative (EPI) spearheads the development of the first EU processor. To ensure the successful integration of the EU processor into the cloud computing ecosystem and strengthen even more EU data sovereignty, it is necessary to develop the software support at the same pace with the hardware development. The harmonic relationship of the developed software and hardware is of paramount importance in order to establish an EU cloud platform able to compete with the mainstream solutions which are currently delivered by US companies.

AERO aims to upbring and optimize an open-source software ecosystem that encompasses a wide range of software components ranging from operating systems to compilers, runtimes, system software and auxiliary software deployment services for cloud computing. The AERO software stack combines the aforementioned software components with novel software and hardware interfaces as a means to seamlessly exploit the heterogeneity aspects of the EU processor with regards to high performance, energy efficiency, and security. The ultimate objective of AERO is to facilitate easy migration of existing cloud customers to a cloud infrastructure that harnesses the capabilities of the EU processor. To showcase early adoption and the potential business value, the developed software and hardware technologies will be piloted by use cases representative of important EU industrial domains, such as automotive and space exploration.


Net EU contribution
€ 618 750,00
106 82 ATHINA

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Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 618 750,00

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