CISTER QuickNews - 31 Jan 2011

CISTER Quicknews

31, Jan, 2011


 CISTER QuickNews


Welcome to the January 31, 2011 edition of CISTER QuickNews.  

CISTER QuickNews is a newsletter providing up-to-date information on the activities and results of the Research Centre in Real-Time Computing Systems, being disseminated every month to a selected audience.

For more information, contact us at cister-info@isep.ipp.pt, or visit www.cister.isep.ipp.pt.

Quick look


   1. A partnership with INESC Porto LA: a strategic option of CISTER

   2. CISTER researcher to assume responsibilities in the renowned Software Engineering Institute at CMU

   3. Nokia and CISTER in the frontline with CISTER in the Smartphone War

   4. CISTER and Critical Software achieve great success with the EMMON Demonstrator

   5. CISTER to drive an European initiative around ICT for energy-efficient data centres




A partnership with INESC Porto LA: a strategic option of CISTER


After a long process of reflection, and a large set of interactions with various entities, CISTER recently opted to join the Associate Laboratory INESC Porto LA. This association is a strategic option of CISTER in order to continue its path of excellence, considering both the access to conditions consistent with its activities and the exploration of synergies and complementarities.


It is known that the pluriannual programmatic funding is no longer available to research units, even if ranked Excellent, however, there is the expectation that it will continue at an appropriate level at the Associated Laboratories. It is important to note that programmatic funding is crucial to the implementation of strategies in pursuing Excellence in an area as dynamic as Information and Communication Technologies. There is also the belief that this association will accelerate the concretization of a definite solution for the CISTER facilities within ISEP’s campus.


Also, and even considering that CISTER already has a long practice of internationalization and exploration of results in pre-competitive projects, in partnerships with national and international leading companies, CISTER is convinced that it will benefit from the long experience and facilities available at INESC Porto LA at a pre-incubation enterprise level, technology transference and commercial exploration of results. Moreover, in some complementary scientific areas, CISTER may also benefit from synergies to be created with INESC Porto LA units.


Given its national and international leadership position in real-time and embedded computing systems, an area of undeniable and increasing relevance, CISTER will bring added competences and visibility to INESC Porto LA.


More info coming up at http://www.cister.isep.ipp.pt.




CISTER researcher to assume responsibilities in the renowned Software Engineering Institute at CMU


One of CISTER's lead researchers, Björn Andersson, will assume new responsibilities, in a tenured position, in the world renowned Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in the USA. This is an outstanding recognition of Björn's contribution in the recent years in the area of real-time multicore task scheduling (an area that he leads at CISTER), and the result of the quality and international visibility of the CISTER research unit in general.


At CISTER since 2005, Bjorn has been responsible for a large number of seminal publications in top journals, such as the "IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics" or the "Real-Time Systems Journal", and in top conferences, such as the "Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems" and the "Real-Time Systems Symposium". Björn has also been a main contributor to the large number of projects CISTER has seen accepted in the past years, including the leadership of two FCT projects as Principal Investigator, leading a FLAD bilateral project between CISTER and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the fostering of several European projects.


In order to prepare for this new setting, and in close cooperation with CISTER, an agreement was achieved between Björn and SEI, which will allow Björn to continue to play an integral and leading role at CISTER, supported by a part time position. This includes continuing, with a double affiliation, the leadership of the Multicore Research area, which is counted among the most prominent in the world, the continued supervision of PhD students and the continuation of the successful leadership of projects. Also, and considering the Portugal-CMU program, this will additionally open up new partnership opportunities.


More info at http://www.sei.cmu.edu/ and at the CISTER multicore area page.




Nokia and CISTER in the frontline with CISTER in the Smartphone War


In the framework of the European ARTEMIS program, CISTER recently got approved the SYMBEOSE project, which has the goal of strengthen the world leading position of the only European Smartphone operating system (Symbian). Soon after, and as widely published in the news, the Symbian Foundation, leader of the project, has moved to a different model of operation, where it will no longer take an active role in the platform steering and development, shifting to a role of platform licensing association.


However, the mobile phone world leading company, NOKIA, in close collaboration with CISTER and ST-Ericsson stepped in and collaborated together with the original project manager to overcome the difficulties and reshape the project considering the Foundation’s new role. NOKIA has assumed overall project coordination, also funding the management activities of the project.


CISTER has taken a more leading role leading not only the "Middleware" workpackage of the project but also the "Dissemination" workpackage, together with the sub workpackages "Asymmetric Multiprocessing", "Power Management Infrastructure", "Dependable Resource Management and QoS", and "University and Industrial Course Development". The project negotiations have now been successfully completed with the ARTEMIS Office and SYMBEOSE will start 1st of March, with a kick-off meeting about two weeks later.


The SYMBEOSE project is supported by the ARTEMIS European programme, which funds approximately 45% of the overall project budget of 18.5 M€. CISTER’s budget is 450 K€, funded in totally by the program.




CISTER and Critical Software achieve great success with the EMMON Demonstrator


In the scope of CISTER's key participation in the EMMON European Project, ISEP hosted the project's integrated Demonstrator, mainly put forward by CISTER and Critical Software, with contributions from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and SESM (Italy). This demonstrator has been used to validate the project's intermediate achievements, in the review meeting which was held in ISEP, in December.


The Project Officer and Reviewers from the European Commission (ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking), responsible for the audit, acknowledged the EMMON progress: "overall, the project has shown good progress in particular with respect to the first implementation of a very relevant demonstrator with high number of nodes", quoting the project officer. In particular, the reviewers considered that: “The topic addressed by the project is important and the goal is clearly beyond state of the art. As such, the project is expected to produce technical impact as well as commercial, social and environmental impacts based on the real case scenarios that will be supported and implemented.”


EMMON is a European project funded by the ARTEMIS program that aims at large-scale and dense embedded monitoring using wireless sensor networks. The EMMON architecture will enable to monitor different physical properties (e.g. temperature, humidity, pressure) of specific geographical areas at unprecedented scale and density, through the use of tiny low-cost low-power sensor nodes. In order to address scenarios such as real-time pollution/noise maps of a city, or critical infrastructures monitoring (such as bridges, tunnels or the power grid), EMMON adopts a hierarchical network architecture based on several cutting-edge and worldwide used technologies and methods developed at CISTER. This guarantees that scalability and quality-of-service requirements are met.


More details on the EMMON project can be found at http://www.artemis-emmon.eu.




CISTER to drive an European initiative around ICT for energy-efficient data centres


Related to CISTER’s leadership in the SENODs (Cyber-Physical Systems Technologies for Energy-Optimized Data Centers) project, a number of other efforts have been driven by CISTER aiming at promoting an European-wide effort that builds on current synergies within SENODs partners (CISTER-ISEP, Portugal Telecom and CMU) and expands on it by addressing, in an holistic perspective, issues such as virtualization, dynamic load balancing and dense sensor deployments, with the purpose of attaining energy-efficient data centers.


In this context, various meetings have already taken place with key technology providers such as Schneider-Electric (France), Honeywell (Czech Republic) or Critical Software, end users such as Portugal Telecom and Ericsson (Sweden) and other academics such as the University of Lund (Sweden) or the Czech Technical University of Prague (Czech Republic).   


Data centers increasingly constitute a critical backbone of the worldwide IT infrastructure, serving as the server infrastructure for search engines, mail servers, e-commerce, data warehousing and other cloud computing functions. Such data centers have major power and cooling requirements and therefore energy-efficiency and quality of service are major concerns. Just to provide some figures, datacenters in the US currently consume 2% of all electricity, with an annual growth of 15%, which is unsustainable.





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