The European PILOT: Pilot using Independent Local and Open Technologies

JSC is contributing to the project entitled “The European PILOT: Pilot using Independent Local and Open Technologies” (EUPILOT, or sometimes referred to as Pilot-2). The goal of EUPILOT is to create demonstrators of RISC-V-based accelerators.

The project is the first example of a pilot HPC ecosystem designed and manufactured entirely in Europe and is aimed at power-efficient exascale supercomputers. Within EUPILOT, the RISC-V-based accelerators created as part of the EPI project will be further developed into a full ecosystem. The project’s primary goal is to integrate both open source software and open and proprietary hardware into a pilot system, and demonstrate its viability for real-world applications. The project employs a co-design approach to enable libraries and applications for the platform and to improve performance and energy efficiency.

EUPILOT is coordinated by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). Besides JSC, 19 other academic and industry partners from all over Europe are participating in the project. The project is co-funded by EuroHPC JU and the national bodies of the partners involved, including the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). EUPILOT was launched on 1 December 2021 and will run for three-and-a-half years with a total budget of € 30 million. Further information on the project will soon be available at

JSC’s main contributions to EUPILOT include porting key numerical libraries for the pilot system and providing feedback about architecture requirements as part of the co-design process. Optimizing the libraries for the platform will improve the RISC-V software stack to enable smooth transitions of targeted applications. The software developed by JSC within this project will be made openly available to help support the platform within the HPC community and beyond in the long term.

Contact: Dr. Andreas Herten

Last Modified: 13.09.2022