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European SiPearl Startup Licenses Arm for First-Generation Microprocessor

Today SiPearl, the company that is designing the high-performance, low-power microprocessor for the European exascale supercomputer, has signed a major technological licensing agreement with Arm, the global semiconductor IP provider. The agreement will enable SiPearl to benefit from the high-performance, secure, and scalable next-generation Arm Neoverse platform, codenamed ‶Zeusʺ, as well as leverage the robust software and hardware Arm ecosystem.

Exascale in Europe

Europe has developed a strategy for exascale computing, through partnerships and collaboration of European HPC vendors, academic institutions and HPC centers. It aims to deliver exascale-class systems and place the continent in the top three powers for supercomputing and science and industry using HPC. “It is a major step forward for Europe to reach the next level of computing capacity; it will help us to advance in future-oriented technologies, like the Internet of Things (Iot), AI, robotics and data analytics.”

European SiPearl Startup designing microprocessor for Exascale

Today European chip startup SiPearl announced it is moving into its operational phase. The company is now the 27th member of the European Processor Initiative (EPI) consortium. “By delivering supercomputing power, energy efficiency and backdoor-free security, the solutions that we are developing with support from the EPI members will enable Europe to gain its independence and, more importantly, to ensure its technological sovereignty on the market for high performance computing, which has become one of the key drivers for economic growth”, explains Philippe Notton, SiPearl’s CEO.

2020 HiPEAC Conference to Showcase European Computing Technologies

The 2020 HiPEAC conference will kick off next week in Bologna to showcase the innovative made-in-Europe technologies driving computing systems from the edge to the cloud. This year, the conference will dive into radical new developments in European processor technology, including open source hardware, while building on HiPEAC’s long-established reputation for cutting-edge research into heterogeneous architectures, cross-cutting artificial intelligence themes, security and more.

European Processor Initiative Reaches Important Milestones in First Year

The European Processor Initiative (EPI) has announced the completion of important milestones in its first year. “The first-generation chip family, named Rhea, will include Arm ZEUS architecture general purpose cores and prototypes of high energy-efficient accelerator tiles: RISC-V based (EPAC), Multi-Purpose Processing Array (MPPA), embedded FPGA (eFPGA) and cryptography HW engine. First Rhea chips will be fabricated in N6 technology aiming at the highest processing capabilities and energy efficiency.”

An Update on the European Processor Initiative

Jean-Marc Denis from EPI gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “The EPI project aims to deliver a high-performance, low-power processor, implementing vector instructions and specific accelerators with high bandwidth memory access. The EPI processor will also meet high security and safety requirements. This will be achieved through intensive use of simulation, development of a complete software stack and tape-out in the most advanced semiconductor process node.”

EPI delivers first design for high-performance processor

The European Processor Initiative (EPI) has delivered its first architectural design to the European Commission and is welcoming new partners. “Energy efficient high-performance families of EPI processors will include most advanced general-purpose and accelerator cores that will deliver unprecedented processing capabilities, enabling EU researchers from academia and industry to most efficiently address global challenges. The business sustainability of the initiative is supported by carefully balanced target markets, with primary focus on exascale HPC/AI and automotive markets.”

European Processor Initiative: The EuroHPC Industrial Cornerstone

Mario Kovač from EPI gave this talk at the Swiss HPC Conference. “EPI will provide to the European industry and research a competitive HPC platform and data processing solutions at world class level in the best interest of data security and ownership. Thanks to such new European technologies, European scientists and industry will be able to access exceptional levels of energy-efficient computing performance. This will benefit Europe’s scientific leadership, industrial competitiveness, engineering skills and know-how and the society as whole.”

Video: HPC and the Future of Computing

In this video from ICT2018, Mateo Valero from the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre presents: HPC and the Future of Computing. “Europe is going in the right direction with EuroHPC and this must be sustained in the long-term. BSC fully supports this initiative and will do everything we can to help make it a success,” said Professor Valero, noting that much had been done since his previous keynote at ICT 2015 in Lisbon, where he already stressed the importance of developing European HPC technology.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at IDC Server Market Numbers Reflecting Remarkable Growth from Cloud

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the latest server watch numbers from IDC. The takeaway? The Server industry up 43 percent year over year. Component prices have gone up, so there may be multiple contributing factors implying richer configurations are being deployed. Dan thinks IDC might be adjusting their model, but we can’t be sure from here. He doesn’t see how a company like Inspur can jack their business by 112 percent in a single year. This is simply unprecedented growth. Welcome to the Server Business in the Age of Cloud.