High Performance Computing (HPC) is a crucial asset for Europe's innovation capacity and is of strategic importance to its scientific and industrial capabilities, as well as to its citizens.
ExaNoDe (European Exascale Processor & Memory Node Design) was a collaborative European project, that investigated and developed a highly integrated, high-performance, heterogeneous System-on-a-Chip (SoC) aimed towards exascale computing. It addressed these important challenges through the coordinated development of several innovative solutions recently deployed in HPC:
- ARM-v8 based computing architecture
- 3D interposer integration for compute density
- An advanced memory scheme for exabyte level capacities.
The ExaNoDe SoC enables silicon “chiplet” solutions, stacked on an active silicon interposer in order to build an innovative 3D-Integrated-Circuit (3D-IC). A full software stack supporting a multi-node capability was developed within the project. The project created a hardware design and proof-of-concept demonstrator, along with an associated software stack, that enabled the evaluation of the potential of the ExaNoDe approach for HPC applications.
ExaNoDe ran from October 2015 to June 2019 and involved 13 partners from 6 countries. It was coordinated by the “French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission” (CEA; Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives). ExaNoDe was funded under the European ‘Horizon 2020 Framework Programme’ in the area addressing HPC Core Technologies, Programming Environments and Algorithms for Extreme Parallelism and Extreme Data Applications (FETHPC-1-2014).
Further information: www.exanode.eu
scapos main contributions
scapos performed the overall management of the ExaNoDe project and was also involved in the project’s dissemination and exploitation planning activities.