Development of Microprocessors for Supercomputers

European Processor Initiative (EPI)

The European Processor Initiative (EPI) brings together 23 partners from 10 European countries, with the aim to bring to the market a low power microprocessor. Through a co-design approach, it designs and develops the first European High Performance Computing systems on chip and accelerators. Both elements will be implemented and validated in a prototype system that will become the basis for a full Exascale machine based on European technology. The agreement was signed at the end of 2017 – in 2021 the processor should run in the first supercomputers.


Energy Efficiency in Autonomous Driving

The EPI processor then supports applications in the field of scientific computing (weather forecasts, physical simulations, etc.) and data analysis (with deep learning methods). Another area of application is autonomous driving. In order for a vehicle to travel autonomously, its on-board computers evaluate a very large amount of sensor data that is recorded while driving. Accelerating this process and making it energy-efficient is the task of a special variant of the EPI processor. We meet this challenge together with leading automobile manufacturers.


The main objectives of the EPI are to

  • develop low-power processor technology to be included in a European pre-exascale system and in European exascale systems,
  • guarantee that a significant part of that technology is European,
  • ensure that the application areas of the technology are not limited only to HPC.


Project Partners

The European Processor Initiative gets together 23 partners from 10 European countries. It gathers experts from the High Performance Computing research community, the major supercomputing centres, and the computing and silicon industry as well as the potential scientific and industrial users. It is managed by the French IT service provider Atos.