Towards a better internet of things thanks to Lieven Eeckhout


Lieven Eeckhout

Lieven Eeckhout has been awarded an ERC Proof of Concept funding to explore the commercial or societal potential of his project  'Forward Slice Core' (FSC).

The goal of the project of Lieven Eeckhout is to demonstrate the innovation potential of the Forward Slice Core, which is a novel processor core microarchitecture that reorders instructions for fast execution in a hardware-efficient way. Our preliminary results suggest that Forward Slice Core has the potential to improve performance per Watt per euro by 15 times compared to a modern-day high-performance superscalar out-of-order processor. The Forward Slice Core offers interesting opportunities for the mobile, embedded and edge-computing markets.

Proof of concept grants

The ERC Proof of Concept grants, worth €150,000 each, can be used for example to explore business opportunities, prepare patent applications or verify the practical viability of scientific concepts. This final injection of €8.25 million pushes the total number of ERC Proof of Concept funded projects for 2020 to 166. 

This set of results is from the third and final round of PoC calls for 2020. The 166 Proof of Concept grants awarded in 2020 went to researchers working in 21 countries. The total PoC grants awarded in 2020 in Belgium is 8, of which 4 at Ghent University. 

The budget for the whole 2020 PoC competition was €25 million, and in total, 510 proposals were evaluated, with an average success rate of 32%.