Automotive Stream

One of EPI’s core activities will focus on the automotive sector. The stream activities are targeting main trends driving innovation in the automotive industry including the introduction of autonomous driving (levels 4/5) and the Connected Car infrastructure – because without innovative solutions, the digital progress in the automotive sector would end in a deadlock due to insufficient computing power for new and increasing fields of application like 360-degree environment recognition and other real-time systems.

In order to continue on the road of success, the initiative aims at implementing suitable high-performance processors for the HPC sector. The specific challenge in the automotive sector is the integration of those high-performance processors that have to be compliant with the relevant application and environmental requirements in that real-time domain.

Most importantly, adapting and using HPC processors must not have a negative impact under any circumstances on the function, the real-time behavior, the availability and reliability of the automotive compute platform. Furthermore, in the extremely cost-driven automotive sector, a number of relevant standards must be observed. Obviously, the use of complex and costly solutions like active cooling should be avoided.

The fundamental approach in favour is a master-slave constellation with automotive-qualified processors operating as masters and high-performance computing general-purpose processors (HPC-GPP) and accelerators operating as slaves.

With respect to the HPC domain, one of the incentive reasons to adapt the HPC general-purpose processor is expected better exploitation of the highly expensive development of such a complex general-purpose processor. From the automotive viewpoint, in turn, the expected additional computing power should not exceed given cost and energy budgets.

This is where EPI comes into play, providing architectural solutions for a novel embedded high-performance computing (eHPC) platform. A proposed subsequent integration of the HPC general-purpose processors and HPC accelerators into the automotive eHPC is supposed to be technologically, functionally and economically successful.

In any case, it will be crucial because new autonomous vehicle network architectures require computing platforms enabling the execution of extremely complex vehicle perception algorithms. The latter include sensor/imaging processing, data fusion, environment sensing and modeling, low-latency deep machine learning for object classification and behavior prediction with seamless, dependable and secure interaction between mobile high-performance embedded computing, and stationary server-based high-performance computing.




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Jean-Marc Denis, Chairman of the Board of the European Processor Initiative, attended the Supercomputing Asia event in Singapore, at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, presenting EPI activities and efforts. Visitors to SC Asia could also find out more about EPI’s goals and roadmap by visiting the European Commission booth, which graciously hosted EPI […]
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EPI Presented at Barcelona RISC-V Workshop

Prof. Mateo Valero, director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, presented the European Processor Initiative in RISC-V Workshop, Barcelona 7-10 May, 2018. His keynote focused on the role of RISC-V architecture in the EPI project and in future exascale computing systems in general. Video is available here

European Processor Initiative kicks off in Brussels

Consortium partners of the European Processor Initiative (EPI) met in Brussels on December 18th and 19th 2018 to kick off the project that will be the cornerstone of EU’s strategic plans in High-Performance Computing. The Initiative gathers 26 partners from 10 European countries with the aim of bringing to the market a low-power microprocessor and […]

EPI presented in HPC User Forum, Detroit 2018

Jean-Marc Denis, HPC International Business Director at Bull, the EPI consortium coordinator, presents EPI at HPC User Forum in Detroit.

European Processor Initiative announced on European Commission website

The European Commission published an official announcement of the European Processor Initiative (EPI) on its website. The announcement confirmed there are 23 partners in the project and the budget amounts to 120 million euro. Take a look at the EC announcement


Philippe Notton, General Manager of the European Processor Initiative, gave a presentation on EPI activities and efforts in Versailles, December 5th2018, attending the SIA CESA 5.0 International Conference and Exhibition. Presenting EPI goals, Mr Notton explained the core ideas behind EPI project and its overall line-up with European strategic goals set out in EuroHPC JU. […]


Philippe Notton, General Manager of the European Processor Initiative, gave a presentation on EPI activities and efforts in Lisbon, November 21st 2018, attending the European Forum for Electronic Components and Systems. Presenting EPI goals, Mr Notton explained the core ideas behind EPI project and its overall line-up with European strategic goals set out in EuroHPC […]

EPI CIO Applications Europe

Article written by prof. dr. sc. Mario Kovač, Dissemination Leader of the European Processor Initiative, has been published on CIO Applications Europe. The article introduces EPI’s goals and efforts in tackling global challenges and potential European responses to HPC-related activities. Read the whole article about “Changing Approaches to HPC Systems