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