Handbook of European HPC projects

The European PILOT

Pilot using Independent, Local and Open Technologies

The European PILOT project (Pilot using Independent, Local and Open Technologies) aims at showcasing an European accelerator, designed, implemented, manufactured, and owned by Europe and based on open source and open standards. Accelerators provide the majority of performance in modern HPC systems and are the fundamental building blocks for Exascale systems.

The European PILOT project is an ambitious combination of open source accelerator designs, based on the RISC-V open source hardware ISA, canonical HPC and High Performance Data Analytics (HPDA) applications and system software as well as open source systems integration of advanced cooling and power delivery in the rack.

The project will bring together multiple partners to leverage and extend existing Intellectual Property (IP), combined with new IP that can be used as building blocks for future HPC systems, both for traditional and emerging application domains.  At the heart of this pilot is an HPC system based on European technologies from the racks and enclosures to the two accelerators and CPUs, and the software running on top of this platform.


Carlos Puchol Garcia


Coordinating Organization:
BSC Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain

Project Timespan
2021-12-01 – 2025-05-31

Other Partners:
  • FZJ – Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany
  • CINECA – Consorzio Interuniversitario, Italy
  • CEA – Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives, France
  • KTH – Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Sweden
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany
  • FORTH – Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas, Greece
  • Exascale Performance Systems – EXAPSYS P.C., Greece
  • Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola, Sweden
  • UNIZG-FER Sveučilište u Zagrebu – Fakultet elektrotehnike i računarstva, Croatia
  • SemiDynamics technology services SL, Spain
  • Submer Technologies, Spain
  • Leonardo, Italy
  • ETHZ – Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland
  • Extoll GmbH, Germany
  • Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • 2CRSI, France
  • PLDA, France