VINEYARD | Tackling data centre energy efficiency
06 Feb 2017



We're a partner in VINEYARD, a Horizon 2020 project aiming to improve energy efficiency in data centres.


​Credit: STFC


​As data centres continue to grow and evolve, an increasing importance must be placed on making these systems sustainable for future generations, which means improving energy efficiency without compromising on performance.

Now, a Horizon 2020 project called VINEYARD (also known as the Versatile Integrated Framework for Accelerator-based Heterogeneous Data Centres) hopes to tackle this challenge. Over three years, partners across Europe from both industry and academia will work toward the goal of significantly increasing the performance and energy efficiency of data centres.

The Hartree Centre is a key partner in the project, which began February 2016 and will look to build an integrated platform for energy-efficient data centres based on novel programmable hardware accelerators (i.e. Dataflow engines and FPGA-coupled servers). Another aspect of VINEYARD will be to develop a high-level programming framework and big data infrastructure, which allows end users to seamlessly incorporate these accelerators in heterogeneous computing systems by employing typical cloud programming frameworks (i.e. Apache Spark).

The VINEYARD project will also establish an ecosystem that will empower open innovation based on hardware accelerators such as datacentre plugins, thereby facilitating innovative enterprises (large industries, SMEs, and creative start-ups) to develop novel solutions using VINEYARDS’s leading edge developments.

The project will demonstrate the advantages of its approach in three vital real-world areas of application:

  • Health, specifically computational neuroscience, using high-accuracy simulations to aid understanding of brain functionality

  • Finance, in applications such as pre-trade risk management and trading system operations

  • Data analytics, including internet of things (IoT) applications which combine data from sensors and other sources to create more connected and efficient homes, cars or even cities

More information on VINEYARD and a full list of partners can be found here.

For more information on the Hartree Centre’s involvement with the project, please contact Neil Morgan.