Scaling extreme analYtics with Cross-architecture acceLeration based on OPen Standards (SYCLOPS)

Type: International Project Project

Duration: from 2023 Jan 01 to 2025 Dec 31

Financed by: European Commission

Prime Contractor: EURECOM GIE (Other) - France

The wide-spread adoption of AI and analytics has resulted in a rapidly expanding market for novel hardware accelerators that can provide energy-efficient scaling of training and inference tasks at both the cloud and edge. Unfortunately, all popular solutions AI acceleration solutions today use proprietary, closed hardware—software stacks, leading to a monopolization of the AI acceleration market by a few large industry players. The vision of SYCLOPS project is to enable better solutions for AI/data mining for extremely large and diverse data by democratizing AI acceleration using open standards, and enabling a healthy, competitive, innovation-driven ecosystem for Europe and beyond. This vision relies on the convergence of two important trends in the industry: (i) the standardization and adoption of RISC-V, a free, open Instruction Set Architecture (ISA), for AI and analytics acceleration, and (ii) the emergence and growth of SYCL as a cross-vendor, cross-architecture, data parallel programming model for all types of accelerators, including RISC-V. The goal of project SYCLOPS is to bring together these standards for the first time in order to (i) demonstrate ground-breaking advances in performance and scalability of extreme data analytics using a standards-based, fully-open, AI acceleration approach and (ii) enable the development of inter-operable (open and vendor neutral interfaces/APIs), trustworthy (verifiable and standards-based hardware/software), and green (via application-specific processor customization) AI systems. In doing so, we will use the experience gained in SYCLOPS to contribute back to SYCL and RISC-V standards and foster links to respective academic, industrial and innovator communities (RISC-V foundation, EPI, Khronos, ISO C++). Bringing together the two standards enables codesign in both standards, which in turn, will enable a broader AI accelerator design space, and a richer ecosystem of solutions.


  • ACCELOM (Company)
  • Codasip R&D Center Brno (Other) - Czech Republic
  • EURECOM GIE (Other) - France
  • HIRO MICRODATACENTERS B.V (Company) - Netherlands
  • R - CERN (Other) - Geneve, Switzerland
  • R - INESC-ID Lisboa (Other) - Lisboa, Portugal
  • U - Heidelberg University (University) - Germany

Principal Investigators