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European Processor Initiative

The European Commission supports the development of European processor technologies through the EU-funded project: European Processor Initiative (EPI). It aims at creating a new family of high performance processor technologies for which export control remains in Europe. The EPI processing units will be designed targeting High Performance Computing (HPC) but keeping much larger market sectors in mind, including automotive, cryptography, artificial intelligence and trusted IT infrastructures, amongst others. With this approach, EPI shall deliver competitive and commercially successful computing technology, reducing Europe’s dependency from international (USA and Asia) providers.

EPI’s first phase started on the 1st December 2018 and will run for 3 years with a budget of 80 million Euro. In this time, a processor combining general purpose and accelerator units will be developed. The project is based on a long-term Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) between the European Commission and 23 partner institutions, under the leadership of BULL/ATOS.

As an active member of the consortium, JSC is leading the co-design approach applied to ensure that the EPI processors do meet the requirements of the final users. A wide range of applications is analysed and models of the processor architecture are developed in order to identify how hardware and software design parameters influence the performance achievable on real codes. This information is fed back to the system designers, who can then establish design trade-offs and take informed decisions.


Bull SAS, France
Project Coordinator

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany
The contact person is Estela Suarez

and 21 further organisations (see project's factsheet).

EPI SGA1 is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation action under Grant Agreement 826647.

The project runs from December 2018 to November 2021.

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More detailed information about the project is available at the project's homepage.