Advanced Computing

Computing systems based on heterogeneous architectures and very low power requirements are the backbone of embedded ICT and cyber-physical systems, delivering high-performance functionality under strict constraints.

The strategic focus is to reinforce and expand Europe's industrial and technology strengths in low-power ICT, addressing different market segments through an integrated cross-layer (hardware, system, programming, algorithms) and cross-application/cross-market approach.

Customised and low power computing

The objective is to strengthen European competitiveness in key parts of the computing value chain, addressing low-power multi/many-core computing systems suitable for use in real life scenarios and supporting the needed functional and non-functional requirements. Specifically, security will be addressed through secure and trusted zones implemented at hardware and software level.

H2020 supports research and innovation actions in two areas:

  • Next generation servers, micro-server and highly parallel embedded computing systems based on ultra-low power architectures,
  • New cross-layer programming approaches.

In both cases, the emphasis is on projects delivering working prototypes and validating them under real-life conditions in different application areas.

Activities in the innovation field aim at stimulating broad adoption of customised low power computing technologies towards platforms and ecosystems, and connecting innovators across value chains. These actions should take into account the users’ perspective, and be driven by user requirements.

Expected impact

It will entail of a strong reduction of energy consumption compared to the state of the art (two orders of magnitude), and in doubling the productivity in efficiently programming and maintaining advanced computing systems.

Links with other sections of the programme

Work under this area is complementary to, and will be coordinated with work undertaken in the Future Internet area under Cloud Computing, in the Excellent Science pillar under Research Infrastructures and FET, and under the Joint Technology Initiative on Electronic Components and Systems (ECSEL).