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Future and Emerging Technologies

Future and Emerging Technologies

Research and development of new technologies

This is the part of  H2020 where completely new technology is developed. It also contains basic research.


Workprogramme 2018 – 2020

Work programmme "Future and Emerging Technologies" (FET)

The "Future and Emerging Technologies" (FET) part is involved with innovative, high risk research and development.

The FET Proactive Initiative in High-Performance Computing (HPC) covers the co-design of the exascale machines integrating the European microprocessor part and addresses the development of scientific and engineering applications that will run on extreme scale HPC machines.

It also includes a call for international cooperation with Brazil and Mexico

The sub topics of "FET Proactive - High Performance Computing" are:

  • FETHPC-01-2018: International Cooperation on HPC
  • FETHPC-02-2019: Extreme scale computing technologies, methods and algorithms for key applications and support to the HPC ecosystem
  • HPC PPP - Co-design of extreme scale HPC systems and applications

In total 172 million euro is the budget for these topics.

The FET programme also supports emerging technologies that could be used in the future for HPC. This includes Quantum computing and Neuromorphic computing. Also work in innovative microprocessor technology is funded.

The European Commission and the European Council have adopted the policy to try to build a leading European High Performance Computing and Big Data (HPC/BD) research and industrial ecosystem by 2023 underpinned by a world-class European Data Infrastructure offering high performance computing and data capabilities, fast connectivity and high-capacity cloud solutions. The FET part of the work programme addresses this.

The "International Cooperation on HPC" calls for proposals with Brazil and Mexico. Although this may look strange (it has nothing to do with the exascale HPC initiative), it has just been put here because there did not seem to be a more appropriate place. There are more international collaboration calls spread over the work programme.

The "Extreme scale computing technologies, methods and algorithms for key applications and support to the HPC ecosystem" looks at developing world-class exascale, power-efficient and highly resilient HPC and data technologies, and to provide support for a sustainable exascale HPC ecosystem in Europe. Specific areas are:

  • System software and management;
  • Programming environments;
  • I/O and storage environment for data-centric extreme scale computing;
  • Data-intensive supercomputing and emerging HPC use modes; and
  • Mathematical methods and algorithms.

The "HPC PPP - Co-design of extreme scale HPC systems and applications" is not yet very detailed (the funding will be available in 2020). However, it is a considerable amount - 100 million euro - that will be invested in the acquisition of supercomputers. If that amount would be matched by HPC funding from the European countries, perhaps through the EuroHPC initiative, that could be sufficient to acquire one, perhaps two, exascale supercomputers shortly after 2020.


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