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Advanced computing

Advanced computing

Complex Systems & Advanced Computing (Unit A.3)

The move towards low-power consumption for embedded systems, mobile devices, desktops or even data centres is a key and structural evolution of computing. The demand for low-power multi/many-core computing systems is intensifying across all computing market segments and it will underpin progress across the whole computing spectrum, ranging from small smart control systems to high performance computing. The goal is therefore to further improve Europe's good position in low cost, energy-efficient computing for embedded and mobile applications and to exploit its competitive advantage in this field in more general purpose computing markets, e.g. in powering the smart and autonomous Cyber Physical Systems of the future.

  • Stimulate growth of a European ecosystem on low power low cost computing system technologies, building on the achievements of the past few years.
  • Reduce major barriers in massive uptake of embedded systems technologies through improving "parallel" programming approaches (productivity, multi-parameter optimisation), including business models
  • Stimulate adoption of parallel and heterogeneous hardware architectures in real-time and high-reliability applications, addressing also certification issues.
  • Stimulating faster and better adoption of European technologies through (1) platform and ecosystem building (2) laying the foundation for a network of European computing system competence centres which connect innovators across value chains.
  • Develop a more coherent and coordinated strategy in the area of computing across the different computing disciplines within Horizon 2020 (HPC, Cloud, advanced computing systems, components).

The move towards energy efficient computing presents an opportunity for Europe to rebuild industrial strengths across the computing spectrum from low power microprocessors and controllers up to parallel programming. Europe produces 30% of the world added value in embedded computing.Under our research programmes (FP7 and Horizon 2020), research and innovation is supporting the concept of scalable advanced computing systems such as micro-server/form-factor data centres. Small "data-centres-in-the-box" can be deployed individually or clustered in an embedded system in the car or a telephone switch, or can be clustered at large scale to become a Cloud server or – if complemented for example by Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) – a High Performance Computing (HPC) system.

•The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation H2020 (Regulation (EU) No 1291/2013) identifies Advanced Computing as a "Challenge" under area "ICT" of the pillar "Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies".


Full-Time Equivalent: 
4.00 full-time equivalent (FTE)
H2020 R&I budget WP14-15: 57 M€ - under the Horizon 2020 pillar LEIT-ICT (Topic ICT4).

Collaboration with other units: Work in the domain of advanced computing is complementary to the work undertaken by

  • LEIT-ICT-Challenge 3 under Cloud Computing (CNECT E2)
  • SCIENCE pillar under Research infrastructures and FET (CNECT C1, C3)
  • LEIT-ICT Challenge 6 (CNECT A4)
  • LEIT-ICT1 on cyber-physical systems (also CNECT A3)
  • LEIT-FoF1, 8, 9 on Factories of the Future (also CNECT A3, RTD )

Collaboration is also needed with horizontal units (F2, F3: H2020 strategy and innovation, A5: Administration and Finance).Collaboration with other DGs or agencies:

  • JU ECSEL in relation to embedded and CPS large scale federating projects and integrated demonstrations and pilots and projects related to new computing hardware development.
  • DG RTD-D2 (joint responsibility for PPP FoF: RTD: ca. 60%, CNECT: ca. 40%)
  • DG ENTR-B3 (industrial policy – Task Force Advanced Manufacturing)
  • DG REGIO-G1 (integration of innovation and regional policies – combined use of structural funds and H2020 funds)

European Strategy and Programme for R&I on Advanced Computing

  • Bi-annual Work Programmes for Advanced Computing
  • 2 networks of competence centres helping mid caps companies to experiment with advanced computing technology
  • 1 annual event which brings together actors values chains from different clusters and ecosystems in Europe to exchange best practices and discuss collaboration.
  • Communication material on advanced computing ( 2 project blogs, 1 portfolio blog, 1 press release on DAE, 1 info day, frequent posts on social media, workshops as appropriate)
  • High quality R&D&I projects in the field of advanced computing addressing challenges identified in the work programme.
  • Bi-annual portfolio analysis with an assessment of impact

Timeframe: 2013-2020



Average score of selected proposals in the last two calls

Coverage of the Work Programme text by selected proposals

Target 80% coverage of the themes addressed by the relevant Calls

Meeting targets and deadlines during the evaluation and contracting process

Target 100%
Baseline 100%

Participation patterns of independent experts

Target 50% with industrial background

Participation of SMEs and other industry in the advanced computing projects

Target Industrial participation higher than 40% in 2014 going up to 50% by 2018, SMEs participation higher than 20% in 2014 going up to 30% by 2018
Baseline 37% private commercial participation in the embedded systems SO (Stream report 2012) (2012)

Quality of the projects

Target 60% of the projects assessed as having achieved results rated "good", 20% excellent

Number of joint public-private publications

Target (same as other projects in ICT LEIT)
Baseline (same as other projects in ICT LEIT)

Exploitation and value chains

Closing the gap between technological excellence and industrial opportunities including advancement of state of the art and development of industrial value chains and business ecosystems through co-operation between clusters and between industrial suppliers and users.

Timeframe: 2014-2020



Patent applications and patents awarded

Target Minimum 1 patent filed or start-up founded per 10 Million Euro spent (2018)

Patent Applications (lead indicator)

Target At least 2 patent applications per 10 MEuro funding (2015)
Baseline The average number of patents per 10 MEuro spent on R&D worldwide (Yearly)

via Sygma

Share of participating SMEs introducing innovations new to the company or the market

Target 25% (2020)
Baseline 15% (12/11/2014)
Current 15% (12/11/2014)

Innovation radar results, based on 7 projects

Growth and job creation in participating SMEs

Bridging from discovery to market application

TRL (Technology Readiness Level) indicator

Link to DG CONNECT's Top Level Targets

  • Europe 2020 - 3% of the EU's GDP should be invested in R&D, complemented by a future EU 2020 Headline Innovation Indicator
  • Europe 2020 - Greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced by 20% compared to 1990. The share of renewable energy sources in final energy consumption should be increased to 20%. Energy efficiency should improve by 20%
  • H2020 - By 2020, one third of all Europe's ICT business investment in ICT R&D in the EU should come from companies created within the last two decades