HiPEAC produces Vision 2021 as a 'living' document

January 29, 2021 // By Peter Clarke
HiPEAC produces Vision 2021 as a 'living' document
Europe's High Performance Embedded Architecture and Compilation (HiPEAC) project has produced a 224-page Vision for technology as a replacement for a bi-annual technology roadmap.

The document includes a set of recommendations for the HiPEAC community and a set of articles, that will be updated periodically, that support the recommendations. Additional or replacement articles will be used to introduce topics or to address specific situations.

The articles are grouped into the themes of: technical, business, societal and European.

The document concludes with 18 recommendations most of which are somewhat nebulous, such as those that provide the main theme of the vision: cognitive cyber and predictive physical systems that make up systems that are 
sober, secure, safe, straightforward and sustainable. Sober appears to be a place-holder for low-power which, of course, feeds into sustainable.

One of the more pragmatic recommendations is for Europe to investigate novel computing technologies: "HiPEAC recommends that Europe continues to investigate emerging technologies, not with a view to them directly replacing silicon technology, but to complementing it. This research should be wide-ranging, and include new ways to code information – using Qbits, or temporal coding as with spiking neuromorphic architectures – or using physics phenomenon – such as light – as analog computing approaches, as well as methods to integrate these approaches efficiently as accelerators in a silicon technology-based system, on both the hardware and software sides."

There is also a detailed and realistic article on the role of silicon. This points out that soon there may be only one company performing R&D at the leading-edge of integrated circuit miniaturization. The authors of the article recommend Europe strives to retain its know-how in the domain or risk losing the ability to make use of leading-edge technology. It also points out that silicon interposer and chiplet assembly may become the optimal design paradigm to achieve the best performance/cost ratio, particularly for edge equipment.

The HiPEAC Vision v.1 can be downloaded here: HiPEAC Vision 2021

Related links and articles:

www.hipeac.net

News articles:

Computing group lays out technology roadmap

Germany to boost chipmaking after automotive supply chain failure

Opinion: Money's not the problem for Europe's semiconductor rebuild


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