Research launched to optimize an open source software ecosystem for EU processors

Jul 7, 2023 | Europe, Featured News, News

Red Hat Research has joined industry and university partners as a contributor to the Accelerated EuRopean clOud (AERO), a collaborative software development project that complements the European Processor Initiative (EPI), one of several European Commission (EC) flagship projects working toward greater European independence in chip design and computing infrastructure. The kick-off for AERO took place in Athens on January 23-24, 2023, with the partners meeting in person and preparing for three years of work on the project.

The EPI aims to design and implement a roadmap for a new family of low-power European processors for extreme-scale computing, high-performance big data, and a range of emerging applications. To ensure the successful integration of these processors into the cloud computing ecosystem, software support needs to develop at the same pace as hardware. A harmonic relationship between the developed software and hardware is paramount to establishing a European cloud platform competitive with mainstream solutions.

The EC has funded AERO as part of its strategy to complete the continuous path from projects at the hardware component level to cloud services. AERO aims to build and optimize an open source software ecosystem encompassing a wide range of software components, from operating systems to compilers, runtimes, system software, and auxiliary software deployment services for cloud computing. The AERO software stack combines these software components with novel software and hardware interfaces to seamlessly exploit the heterogeneity of the European processor with regard to high performance, energy efficiency, and security. 

AERO project collaborators met face to face at the project launch in Athens in January 2023.

The ultimate objective of AERO is to facilitate the easy migration of existing cloud customers to a cloud infrastructure that harnesses the capabilities of the European processor. To showcase early adoption and potential business value, AERO’s developed software and hardware technologies will be piloted by use cases representative of important European industrial domains, such as automotive and space exploration

Red Hat Research is leading the work required to make Quarkus, OpenJDK, GraalVM, and Mandrel enterprise-ready for the European processor and, ultimately, the European cloud ecosystem, further strengthening its open hybrid approach. Contact if you are interested in contributing to the project.

To learn more about the AERO project, visit the AERO project page, the AERO Linkedin page, and follow the AERO Twitter handle.

Funded by the European Union under Grant Agreement No.101092850. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Research Executive Agency. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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