Exa2pro vision

The vision of EXA2PRO is to develop a programming environment that will enable the productive deployment of highly parallel applications in exascale computing systems.

Exa2pro information


Project Description

The vision of EXA2PRO is to develop a programming environment that will enable the productive deployment of highly parallel applications in exascale computing systems. EXA2PRO programming environment will integrate tools that will address significant exascale challenges. It will support a wide range of scientific applications, provide tools for improving source code quality, enable efficient exploitation of exascale systems’ heterogeneity and integrate tools for data and memory management optimization. Additionally, it will provide fault-tolerance mechanisms, both user-exposed and at runtime system level and performance monitoring features. EXA2PRO will be evaluated using 4 applications from 3 different domains, which will be deployed in JUELICH supercomputing centre: High energy physics, materials and supercapacitors. The applications will leverage the EXA2PRO toolchain and we expect:

1.Increased programmability that enables the efficient exploitation of heterogeneity of modern supercomputing systems, which allows the evaluation of more complex problems.

2. Effective deployment in an environment that provides features 

critical for exascale computing systems such as fault tolerance, flexibility of execution and performance monitoring based on EXA2PRO optimization tools.

3. Identification of trade-offs between design qualities (source code maintainability/reusability) and run-time constraints (performance/energy consumption).

EXA2PRO outcome is expected to have major impact on:

1. the scientific and industrial community that focuses on application deployment in supercomputing centres: EXA2PRO environment will allow efficient application deployment with reduced effort.

2. application developers that target exascale systems: EXA2PRO will provide tools for improving source code maintainability/reusability, which will allow application evolution with reduced developers’ effort.

3. the scientific community and the industry relevant to the EXA2PRO applications: Significant impact is expected on the materials and processes design for CO2 capture and on the supercapacitors industry.


Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS)

The Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS) is a non-profit Academic Research Body established in 1989 by the Ministry of Education in order to carry research and development activities in the fields of all diverse aspects of telecommunications and computer systems. ICCS will be the PC, will manage the dissemination of the project results and will have a central role on the development of memory optimizations, design space exploration and fault-tolerance mechanisms.

Linköping University (LIU)

Linköping University is a multi-faculty university that stands at position 26 among the world’s best young (< 50 years) universities in the latest ranking by the prestigious QS World University Rankings. LIU is a research-based university with excellence in innovation and has always had strong cooperation with the surrounding business sphere and the community at large, both in terms of research and education. LIU will focus on research activities concerning the development of high-level software abstractions and the composition framework.

Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)

The Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH) is the only research centre in Northern Greece and one of the largest in the country and it was founded in 2000. CERTH will develop forecasting techniques on data for the purpose of implementing technical debt prevention

Institut National de RechercheenInformatique et enAutomatique (INRIA)

Established in 1967, Inria is the only French public research body fully dedicated to computational sciences. It is a national operator in research in digital sciences and is a primary contact point for the French Government on digital matters. INRIA will contribute the StarPU run-time system, which will be extended to support the requirements of (pre-) exascale systems.

ForschungszentrumJülich GmbH​ (JUELICH)

ForschungszentrumJülich – a member of the Helmholtz Association – is one of the largest research centres in Europe. It pursues cutting-edge interdisciplinary research addressing the challenges facing society in the fields of health, energy and the environment, and information technologies. JUELICH will contribute on the specification and requirements of the EXA2PRO environment for supercomputing centres and will also serve as a use case artner providing 2 use cases.

Maxeler Technologies Limited (MAXELER)

Maxeler Technologies provides complete hardware and software platforms for High Performance Computing applications using reconfigurable dataflow supercomputing technology. MAXELER will evaluate the support of the EXA2PRO environment for dataflow engines in supercomputing centres.

Centre National de la RechercheScientifique (CNRS)

The Centre National de la RechercheScientifique (National Centre for Scientific Research) is a public organization under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Education and Research. CNRS is the provider of the Supercapacitors simulation use case (Metalwalls), from the energy storage application domain.

University of Macedonia (UoM)

The Software Engineering Group of the University of Macedonia (UoM) focuses on software design (especially of object-oriented systems), software maintenance and quality and software evolution analysis. In the context of EXA2PRO, UoM develops methods able to estimate the interest and the principal of Technical Debt, with regards to specific structural metrics, source code bad smells, and identified refactoring opportunities for applications targeting exascale systems.

News & Events

EXA2PRO in Handbook of European HPC Projects!

Feel free to access it in PDF form by clicking on the image above, or as a flippable on-line version here: https://issuu.com/etp4hpc/docs/h0702_etp4hpc_handbook_assemblage_v3.2-md

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📢 The new edition of our Handbook of 🇪🇺 #HPC projects is available! 50 on-going funded projects are referenced, with updated description, results, contact… Supported by @exdci_eu https://t.co/OX6AKlmJ0B https://t.co/b48tLOH7Da exa2pro_h2020 photo

The #EXA2PRO team will participate in two virtual events:
EXA2PRO booth at EFECS 2020: 24-26 November 2020
EXA2RPO research paper presentation at POMCO workshop, co-located with #HPCS: 10-14 December 2020 https://t.co/glefVBqdkD
exa2pro_h2020 photo

Romain Lion and Samuel Thibault (INRIA) presented the fault tolerance extensions of StarPU at FTXS workshop, co-located with SC20. https://t.co/tUyvCIxXQ5 exa2pro_h2020 photo

EXA2PRO contributed to the development of "Towards Resilient EU HPC Systems: A Blueprint", a document that aims to help the European HPC community define best practices for resilience. The document is available for download: https://t.co/5zXmdi4vUd

The @eurolab4hpc project ended in April, after 2 active years supporting Technology Transfer projects and short term collaborations. Read their updated Vision document that highlights the main long-term research challenges in #HPC HW/SW technologies https://t.co/3EhT2ycBFv https://t.co/DfUOIwFWQb exa2pro_h2020 photo

A new survey by the University of Amsterdam about efforts, trends and research opportunities of the exascale era. https://t.co/A5Cs4UvwYc


SkePU is an Autotunable Multi-Backend Skeleton Programming Framework for Multicore CPU and Multi-GPU System. SkePU-3 was developed in the context of EXA2PRO and is part of the EXA2PRO framework.

StarPU is a task programming library for hybrid architectures. A new version of StarPU with various new features is currently under development in the context of EXA2RPO.

Technical Debt Analysis

A tool for analyzing and managing Technical Debt in C and Fortran applications. The tool was developed in the context of EXA2PRO and provides a graphical user interface.

See a video demonstration of the tool

Dissemination and Impact

EXA2PRO Poster

EXA2PRO Leaflet

Impact on Society


Effective energy
storage solutions

Better understanding of human neuron networks

Useful Links

Supercomputing in Europe:
ETP4HPC: https://www.etp4hpc.eu/
European Processor Initiative: https://www.european-processor-initiative.eu/
EuroHPC Joint Undertaking: https://eurohpc-ju.europa.eu/
EuroHPC – Europew’s Journey to Exascale HPC: http://eurohpc.eu/
PRACE Research Infrastructure: https://prace-ri.eu/

Supercomputing in USA: 
The Exascale Computing Project, USA: https://www.exascaleproject.org/

Relevant EU Initiatives:
European eXtreme Data and Computing Initiative (EXDCI): https://exdci.eu/
EPI Initiative: https://www.european-processor-initiative.eu/

H2020 Projects developing Programming Environments:
EPEEC: https://epeec-project.eu/
EPIGRAM-HS: https://epigram-hs.eu/
ASPIDE: https://www.aspide-project.eu/
All projects in 2019 European HPC handbook: https://www.etp4hpc.eu/european-hpc-handbook.htm


Soudris, Dimitrios, et al. “EXA2PRO programming environment: architecture and applications.” Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Embedded Computer Systems: Architectures, Modeling, and Simulation. ACM, 2018.

Jörg Keller, Christoph Kessler, “Dealing with Hardware Faults in Energy-Efficient Static Schedules of Multi-Variant Programs on Heterogeneous Platforms”, 15th GI/ITG Workshop on Dependability and Fault Tolerance (VERFE’19), in association with ARCS 2019.

Öhberg, Tomas, August Ernstsson, and Christoph Kessler. “Hybrid CPU–GPU execution support in the skeleton programming framework SkePU.” The Journal of Supercomputing (2018): 1-19.

Leon, Vasileios, et al. “Cooperative Arithmetic-Aware Approximation Techniques for Energy-Efficient Multipliers.” Proceedings of the 56th Annual Design Automation Conference 2019. ACM, 2019.

Kessler, Christoph. “Global optimization of operand transfer fusion in heterogeneous computing.” Proceedings of the 22nd International Workshop on Software and Compilers for Embedded Systems. ACM, 2019.

Tsoukalas Dimitrios, et al. “On the Applicability of Time Series Models for Technical Debt Forecasting“, 15th China-Europe International Symposium on Software Engineering Education (CEISEE19)

Nikolaos Vasilas, Panagiotis Natsiavas, Athanasios Papadopoulos, Panos Seferlis, “Process Synthesis and Controllability Assessment of CO2 Capture Plants in a Parallel Environment“, Process Integration and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction (PRES 19), Crete, Greece

Romain Lion, “Tolérance aux pannes dans l’exécution distribuée de graphes de tâches“, Conférence d’informatique en Parallélisme, Architecture et Système, Anglet, France

Henrio, Ludovic, Christoph Kessler, and Lu Li. “Leveraging access mode declarations in a model for memory consistency in heterogeneous systems.” Journal of Logical and Algebraic Methods in Programming (2019)

August Ernstsson, Christoph Kessler, “Multi-variant User Functions for Platform-aware Skeleton Programming“, ParCo 2019 Parallel Computing Conference, Prague, Sep. 2019 (post-conference proceedings book, IOS press)

Alexandros Neofytou, George Chatzikostantis, Ioannis Magkanaris, George Smaragdos, Christos Strydis, Dimitrios Soudris, “GPU Implementation of Neural-Network Simulations based on Adaptive-Exponential Models“, BIBE 2019

Panagiotou, S., Ernstsson, A., Ahlqvist, J., Papadopoulos, L., Kessler, C., & Soudris, D. (2020). “Portable Exploitation of Parallel and Heterogeneous HPC Architectures in Neural Simulation Using SkePU“. In Proceedings of the 23th International Workshop on Software and Compilers for Embedded Systems (pp. 74–77). Association for Computing Machinery

D2.1 Initial specification of EXA2PRO high-level programming interface

D2.2 Final specification and first prototype implementation of EXA2PRO high-level programming interface

D3.1 Early specification of a modular composition framework architecture

D3.2 First version of the composition framework

D3.3 Technical Debt Identification and Quantification Approach for Exascale Application

D3.4 Initial report on performance modelling for multi-variant tasks

D3.5 Initial report on fault tolerance support and memory management optimizations

D4.1 Performance monitoring and steering

D4.2 Initial report on multi-criteria scheduling policies

D4.3 Initial report on data replication and load balancing for fault-tolerance

D4.4 Initial report on implementation of StarPU on heterogeneous architectures

D5.1 EXA2PRO Verification and Testing Strategy

D6.1 Reference Implementation of Use Cases

D7.1 EXA2PRO website

D7.2 EXA2PRO dissemination material [1]

D7.3 EXA2PRO dissemination material [2]

D7.5 Dissemination Plan and Report [1]

D8.2 Data Management Plan


Institute of Communications and Computer Systems – ICCS

Prof. Dimitrios Soudris
School of Electrical & Computer Engineering,
National Technical University of Athens, Greece
+30 210 772 1800, +30 210 772 3653

Dr. Lazaros Papadopoulos
School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, 
National Technical University of Athens, Greece
+30 210 772 1800, +30 210 772 3653

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