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European Union's CPU development branch delivers its first designs

By mongeese · 23 replies
Jun 8, 2019
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  1. The EPI has a single, overarching goal: create competitive processors for every major market segment in Europe. Six months from beginning development, they’ve reached their first milestone by submitting secretive architectural designs to the European Commission.

    The EPI’s plan is to release their first family of processors codenamed ‘Rhea’ in 2021. The family will be oriented around one general purpose power-conscious ARM CPU core cluster, with various RISC-V accelerator chiplets added on to improve performance. Accelerated tasks will include high-performance computing, data analysis, artificial intelligence, and vector, tensor, and variable-precision processing.

    Rhea should find its way into servers and most embedded systems (like planes) but it’s not targeted to consumers. While it will be developed into an automotive accelerator proof-of-concept, only the second-gen Cronos will arrive in wheels.

    “The combination of general-purpose processors, hardware accelerators, security modules, and further IP modules on a system-on-chip is one of the key success factors for realizing a high-performant and energy-efficient automotive computing platform for autonomous driving and connected mobility.”

    For the automotive sector, specifically self-driving cars, the EPI is switching to Kalray’s VLIW (very long instruction word) instruction set architecture. Kalray is a French manycore CPU manufacturer, who have an in-house core design and architecture. Their presently available second gen MPPA2-256 Bostan2 processor (pictured above) contains 288 cores, including 256 compute cores in 16-core clusters with a ‘management’ core each, and four quad-core packages to control the system. In addition, it has 128 co-processor cores for cryptography and two TRNG (true random number generator) cores for security. A blend between a CPU and GPU, it’s well suited to automotive applications.

    The EPI doesn’t intend on making a small impact on the industry, it intends on revolutionizing it and becoming a big player in the exascale era (when computers can do one quintillion or a billion billion calculations per second). It believes in can achieve this by redesigning processors from the ground up for the modern era, without being held back by the legacy designs and architectures that are still prevalent today. It will also build modern developer kits, compilers, libraries, and even an operating system. To fund all that research, it hopes to become profitable in a few years though it will remain owned and operated as a relative of the European Union.

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,825   +2,672

    SIGH..here we go again with the Euro-socialist companies. It will NEVER become profitable because it won't need to and will eventually collapse under the usual weight of inefficiency and corruption. Didn't they learn their lesson in the 60's and 70's? As far as revolutionizing the industry, their designs may well do that..after their stolen by China.
    pyro226, Shadowboxer and EClyde like this.
  3. kmo911

    kmo911 TS Booster Posts: 132   +14

    Those mb should also have been to private persons. 128 core on benchmaring 288 cores. enormous speed . werry well forget thos who want super speed cpu gpu ram together and safety. count on private mared too.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2019
  4. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,894   +712

    They just need more workers to fund the large cradle to grave population
    kmo911 likes this.
  5. Adorerai

    Adorerai TS Enthusiast Posts: 55   +23

    Kind of read like marketing material.
  6. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,573   +2,055

    I think you need to re-read the article to understand how the development is done, by whom and for whom.
    Clynt, TempleOrion, dangh and 4 others like this.
  7. Ravalo

    Ravalo TS Member Posts: 89   +24

    People would make memes out of that but the EU banned memes so...
  8. grumblguts

    grumblguts TS Addict Posts: 114   +104

    ARM was only recently sold to japan for 20+ billion and that was British.
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  9. grumblguts

    grumblguts TS Addict Posts: 114   +104

    Heck of a lot of talent in Europe and the UK
    They dont just regurgitate what others have done like most tech companies do they innovate and overcome.
    Ignore them at your peril
    TempleOrion and Charles Olson like this.
  10. PEnnn

    PEnnn TS Addict Posts: 148   +120

    You should read the article again, slowly this time.
    TempleOrion, Godel and petert like this.
  11. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,631   +1,230

    I'm looking for the highest level of performance with the highest quality at the most competitive price.

    I honestly don't care where they are made.

    If Intel started production on MARS I'd still be buying.
  12. OortCloud

    OortCloud TS Maniac Posts: 241   +116

    This initiative reminds me of the Airbus consortium. Airbus is now 104th on the Forbes 500...
    TempleOrion likes this.
  13. aryehsapir

    aryehsapir TS Rookie

    Sure, just like airbus: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/14/airbus-earnings-q4-profits-rise-and-beat-expectations.html
    petert likes this.
  14. olymind1

    olymind1 TS Rookie

    No mention of AMD as CPU designer / manufacturer ? ...
  15. and0r

    and0r TS Rookie

    Don't forget Apple in China :)
  16. Lounds

    Lounds TS Maniac Posts: 243   +168

    Socialism for the rich I see. Taking my Taxes and paying a foreign government to fund a project that will have little affect my life... Cries about anti competitive laws and state ownership and bailouts, yet does it itself yet does it at the benefit of other EU member states tax payers. Pot kettle black.
    pyro226 likes this.
  17. nunya bidness

    nunya bidness TS Rookie

    EU wants it's own back doors and control over their citizens information. It's a brave new world over there and I would expect nothing less from them.
    pyro226 likes this.
  18. pyro226

    pyro226 TS Member Posts: 26   +7

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  19. jpuroila

    jpuroila TS Enthusiast Posts: 80   +45

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  20. Markoni35

    Markoni35 TS Addict Posts: 325   +136

    I think this is a spelling error. The proper word is "Europa". Yes. Jupiter's moon Europa. That's where they are producing the CPUs. Yes, they've found alien lifeforms there. Yes, they are very intelligent. And they work for a very low salary. There, now you know.
  21. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Evangelist Posts: 360   +103

    Actually, there is - Kirin HiSilicon, although not for long. ARM is ceasing their license contract with Huawei.
  22. jpuroila

    jpuroila TS Enthusiast Posts: 80   +45

    I'm not sure what you're talking about, but I was referring to Loongson and other domestic designs, not ARM licensees.
    TempleOrion likes this.
  23. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Evangelist Posts: 360   +103

    Sorry, I misunderstood. I was thinking along the line of Apple and Qualcomm, who design and implement their own ARM processors despite licensing it from SoftBank.
  24. TempleOrion

    TempleOrion TS Enthusiast Posts: 45   +31

    All polities that have ties to the US have to make sure they are independent of the whims of that particular global bully, otherwise, pace Huawei, when needing to procure and sustain essential IT infrastructure they may find that their supply lines are compromised. Taking defence as an example: India and Turkey make sure they buy arms from Russia (also an unreliable partner) as well as America & Europe, in addition to developing their own designs: It's a matter of national security. Access to tech hardware and IP is of similar paramount importance, just as much as oil is.

    Diversifying supply is always a good thing in that regard, despite the duplication of effort involved. Imagine if everyone was forced to only fly on accident-prone Boeing aircraft, or only use insecure Intel chips?

    In a world that is rapidly de-globalising it makes sense to have back-up plans to avoid extortion from countries that previously appeared to be allies.
    gamoniac likes this.

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