Emblematic R&D projects

In collaboration with its industrial and academic partners and research institutes, SiPearl takes part in several iconic projects contributing to the renewal of high performance and low power microprocessor technologies in Europe. Among them: European Processor Initiative (EPI) Phase 2, Excellerat, Max, OpenCube, Riser, Emopass…

European projects

EPI Phase 2,
a more powerful and efficient microprocessor

 

Launched by the Euro-HPC Joint Undertaking in January 2022, the European Processor Initiative Phase 2 aims to:

  • strengthen the competitiveness and leadership of European industry and science;
  • develop European microprocessor technology with drastically better performance and power ratios;
  • tackle important segments of broader and/or emerging HPC and big-data markets.

In particular, it will move forward with the development of the European microprocessor targeting future European exascale supercomputers by applying technological enhancements to the baseline of Rhea. With its partners, SiPearl will increase the number of cores and memory bandwidth, and also add chip acceleration and custom IP blocks.

In parallel, the partners focus on the development of an open common platform standard aiming to efficiently interface microprocessors and accelerators in-package, implementing cache coherency, and validating the toolchains and runtime between microprocessors and accelerators.

Our partners
Our partners of EPI Phase 2 are: Eviden, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Semidynamics, CEA, Chalmers University of Technology, ETH Zürich, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (Forth), GENCI, Técnico Lisboa, Jülich Forschungszentrum, Università di Bologna, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER), Fraunhofer, ST, E4 Computer Engineering, Università di Pisa, SURF, Kalray, Extoll, CINECA, ProvenRun, Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT), Menta, Kernkonzept, Leonardo and Zeropoint Technology.

To know more about the project:  https://www.european-processor-initiative.eu/

AERO, an essential addition to the EPI project

 

Funded by the European Union, the AERO project complements the efforts of the EPI project by focusing on the development of an open source software ecosystem needed to optimize the efficiency of EPI hardware and facilitate the integration of microprocessors in the cloud. The aim is to promote innovation, facilitate the adoption of these advanced technologies in cloud computing, and strengthen Europe’s competitiveness in this field.

Our partners
Our partners are Université de Genève, Codeplay, Université de Manchester, Ubitech, Pierer Innovation, Red Hat, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH), Virtual Open Systems, l’Université de Pise and Sednai.

This project started in January 2023 and is scheduled for completion in December 2025.

Excellerat, the European Centre of Excellence for Engineering applications

 

The Excellerat collaborative project aims at making some of the most used HPC application suites in Engineering and Manufacturing work on the EuroHPC supercomputers scale at exa level (millions of cores, workflows, sataflows) based on Rhea microprocessor.

SiPearl will apply in the proven EPI co-design methodology on energy aspects and for the design of low level memory profiling tools. It will also port and optimize top HPC applications from the Engineering and Manufacturing sector.

Our partners
Our partners are Uni StuttgartRWTH Aachen, CERFACS, TERATEC,  CINECA, ARCTUR, KTH,  SICOS, Fraunhofer, SSC Services, Uni Roma and UL.

A EuroHPC JU project
Funded by EuroHPC Joint Undertaking together with national authorities, this project started in January 2023 and is scheduled for completion in December 2026.

To know more about Excellerat: https://www.excellerat.eu/

Helios, a project awarded by EIC Accelerator

 

For this project, SiPearl has been awarded the European Innovation Council’s Accelerator program (EIC Accelerator) in December 2021. It aims to develop a next-generation platform that will reduce the development time and cost of microprocessor design.

Launched in July 2022, this project is scheduled for completion in January 2026.

To know more about Helios: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/190183836

To know more about EIC Accelerator: https://www.horizon-europe.gouv.fr/presentation-de-l-eic-accelerateur-29762

MAX, materials design at the Exascale era

 

MAX is a European Centre of Excellence which enables materials modelling, simulations, discovery and design at the frontiers of the current and future HPC, High Throughput Computing (HTC) and data analytics technologies.

It targets to develop these technologies and make them accessible to a vast community of researchers working in the field of materials. MAX aims to facilitate the use of these technologies to support and accelerate research advances in this fast-growing field.

Our partners
CINECA, Consiglio Naziolane delle richercheQuantum Espresso, Eviden, Unimore, Julich, SISSA, Yambo, CEA, Leonardo, ICN2, Universitat Bremem, IT4I, Jozef Stefan Institute, CSIC and Big DFT are our partners on this project.

An EuroHPC project
Funded by EuroHPC Joint Undertaking together with national authorities, this project started in January 2023 and is scheduled for completion in December 2026.

To know more about MAX : http://www.max-centre.eu/

OpenCUBE, a cloud computing solution to be deployed on European infrastructure

 

This project proposes to design OpenCUBE, a full-stack solution of a validated European Cloud computing blueprint to be deployed on European hardware infrastructure. OpenCUBE will develop a custom cloud installation with the guarantee that an entirely European solution like SiPearl microprocessors and Semidynamics RISC-V accelerators can be deployed reproducibly. It will provide a solid basis for the European cloud services, research, and commercial deployments envisioned to be core for federated digital services via Gaia-X. To remain competitive for the European Green Deal, OpenCUBE is designed to make energy awareness a core feature at all levels of the stack.

Our partners
Our partners are TUMKTH, Semidynamics, ECMWF and Hewlett Packard Entreprise.

Funded by Horizon Europe programme, the OpenCUBE project launched in January 2023 is scheduled for completion in December 2025.

To know more: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101092984

Plasma-PEPSC, the EuroHPC Centre of Excellence for Plasma Simulations

 

Plasma-PEPSC is a EuroHPC centre of excellence dedicated to plasma science, focusing on several key areas such as magnetic confinement fusion, industrial plasmas, medical applications… The aim of this centre is to promote scientific and technological progress in these specific areas by providing support, resources and collaboration to researchers and research teams.

Our partners
Our partners are: FORTH, KTH, University of LjublijanaHZDR, University of HelsinkiMax Planck Gesellchaft and TUM.

Started in January 2023, the Plasma-PEPSC project is scheduled for completion in December 2026.

To know more about Plasma-PEPSC: https://plasma-pepsc.eu/

Riser: First all-European Risc-V cloud server infrastructure

 

Riser will develop the first all-European Risc-V cloud server infrastructure, significantly enhancing Europe’s open strategic autonomy. Riser will leverage and validate open hardware high-speed interfaces combined with a fully-featured operating system environment and runtime system, enabling the integration of low-power components, including Risc-V processor chips from the EPI and Eupilot projects, in a novel energy-efficient cloud architecture.

Our Partners
Our partners are Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH), project coordinator, Barcelona Supercomputing CenterCloudSigma AGExapsysExtoll and Semidynamics Technology Services S.L.

A Horizon Europe 2027 project
Funded by Horizon Europe 2027, this project started in January 2023 and is scheduled for completion in December 2025.

To know more about the project: https://www.riser-project.eu/

Regional projects

Emopass, to optimize the performance and efficiency of the European microprocessor

 

The Emopass project intends to build the basis of a software ecosystem that will optimise the performance and energy consumption of Rhea for HPC applications such as artificial intelligence, meteorological, climatic, seismic, medical and pharmaceutical modelling.

SiPearl is working hand in hand with Eviden and the Laboratory of Parallelism and Distributed Algorithm Networks (LI-PaRAD) of the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines on this project. The Emopass project is supported by the Ile-de-France Region and Bpifrance.

Our partners
The project is carried out in cooperation with EvidenUVSQ – Université Paris Saclay with the support of BpifranceRégion Ile-de-France

FlexFMM, a project funded by BMBF, Federal German Ministry of Education and Research

 

Funded by BMBF, the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education, FlexFMM aims  to perform highly realistic simulations of large interactions on exascale biomolecules on future exascale computers, using a scalable and flexible electrostatic method. The simulations will provide an in-depth understanding of biomolecular processes and will accelerate future biomedical developments.

Partners will improve scalability by implementing a fast multipole method and by implementing a Fast Multipole Method (FMM), which, thanks to its low communication complexity, allows for high quality results.

Our partners
The consortium groups together Jülich Supercomputing Centre,  Universität des Saarlandes and Max-Planck-Institutes.

FlexxFMM will last 36 months and is scheduled for completion in July 2026.