Horizon 2020: Information and Communication Technologies Call (Closed)
In the Communication one the European Cloud Initiative (COM(2016) 178 final), the EC announced its aim to support, together with the EU Member States and European industry, the creation of a world-class European High Performance Computing (HPC) and Big Data ecosystem built on two exascale computing machines, which would rank in the first 3 places of the world. One of the specific objectives stated in the Communication is to “foster an HPC ecosystem capable of developing new European technology such as low power HPC chips”.
The objective of the Call is to establish a stable and structured partnership between the EC and the institutions and organisations who commit themselves to establish, maintain and implement a strategic research and innovation roadmap for building European low-power microprocessor technologies underpinning the build-up of future machines for exascale-class HPC, big data and emerging applications. A co-design approach is necessary to bridge the gap between suppliers and users to develop new components adapted to real application needs. The partnership will be set up through a Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) which will cover the full initiative in order to enable the completion of the research and innovation roadmap within the context of the agreement.
The consortia responding to the call must include manufacturers of microelectronic components and may include research institutes, universities, foundations, SMEs as well as other organisations that are necessary for the development of a European low-power processing unit. The Framework Partnership Agreement shall specify the common objectives, the nature of the actions planned, and the procedure for awarding specific grants.
To support the initiative this Framework Partnership Agreement will be the basis for concluding specific grant agreements. The specific grant agreements are expected to be signed in 2018 and 2020. The overall EC contribution to the initiative in Horizon 2020 is expected to be around EUR 120 million, subject to several factors such as budget availability, quality of proposals and performance of the action.