‘Hello, World!’ With this news, the first test chip of the European processor, known as EPAC 1.0, came to life.
The message appeared on the screen after the chip was put into operation in late September by researchers from the Institute of Computer Science at the Institute of Technology and Research (FORTH) in Heraklion, Crete.
“We received the chip from the overseas factory and then put it to the test, first to see if it would start and then to run programs on a computer system,” said Dr Vassilis Papaefstathiou, a researcher at the institute, told the Greek News outlet Kathimerini. He explained that the European processor is one of the most emblematic projects of the European Union to achieve technological supremacy and to become independent of imports of such technologies from non-EU countries.
“I’m one of FORTH’s key contributors to the project, coordinating FORTH’s technical contributions in the area of hardware design and the first tests on the first chip in the project,” he explains.
The sign of life from EPAC 1.0, the first result of the European Processor Project, came at a time when world trade was shaken by a shortage of processors and industries around the world and in Europe were short-circuited. Their shortage due to the pandemic crisis and the concentration of their production on a few industries in the USA has made the consortium of the European Processor Initiative more relevant than ever.
In this consortium, in which FORTH is involved, 28 partners from 10 EU countries took part, including research organizations, universities and companies such as the French Atos, BMW etc.