MEEP is an exploratory platform, flexible FPGA (field-programmable gate array) based emulation, to develop, integrate, test and co-design hardware and software for exascale supercomputers and other hardware targets, based on European-developed intellectual property (IP).
MEEP provides two important functions:
- an evaluation platform of pre-silicon IP and ideas, at speed and scale;
- software development and experimentation platform to enable software readiness for new hardware.
MEEP enables software development, accelerating software maturity, compared to the limitations of software simulation. IP can be tested and validated before moving to silicon, saving time and money.
The objectives of MEEP are to leverage and extend projects like the European Processor Initiative (EPI) and the Performance Optimisation and Productivity Centre of Excellence (POP CoE).
The ultimate goal of the project is to create an open full-stack ecosystem that can be used for academic purposes and integrated into a functional accelerator or cores for traditional and emerging HPC.