CISTER QuickNews - 9 Sep 2011

CISTER Quicknews

9, Sep, 2011


 CISTER QuickNews



Welcome to the September 9, 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.


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Quick look


  1. Four new compelling state-of-the-art research projects to start in 2012

  2. Report on the Flagship Real-Time Systems Conference

  3. Successful start of the ENCOURAGE project

  4. SENODs first Milestone review highly successful

  5. CISTER Researcher Lectures at the University of Trento

  6. Guest Editor of a Special Issue of the Journal of Real-Time Systems

7. CISTER organizes and hosts 14th edition of the RTCM workshop

8. CONET Network of Excellence review meeting in Berlin




Four new compelling state-of-the-art research projects to start in 2012


CISTER submitted 6 project proposals to the 2010 FCT call of project proposals. We are glad to announce that out of those 6 proposals 3 were accepted for funding and got the rating of excellent.


All the new CISTER projects are in the very competitive areas of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering. This is an outstanding acceptance rate by CISTER that equals the one attained in the last two consecutive years. The projects are: REGAIN (Real-time scheduling on general purpose graphics processor units); SMARTS (Slack Management in Hierarchical Real-Time Systems) and SmartSkin (Densely Instrumented Physical Infrastructures), and represent a total of around 450 KEuros of funding to ISEP. These projects are led by CISTER researchers Björn Andersson, Stefan M. Petters and Eduardo Tovar, respectively.


CISTER participated additionally in 2 other proposals in consortia. We are also glad to announce that one of those was approved for funding: the AVIACC (Analysis and Verification of Critical Concurrent Programs) project. AVIACC is led by CCTC-UMinho and has as partners CISTER-ISEP, LIAAC-UPorto and CMAT-UMinho. The project leader within CISTER is researcher Luis Miguel Pinho.


More information soon at CISTER website.




Report on the Flagship Real-Time Systems Conference


The CISTER Research Unit hosted the 23rd Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems (ECRTS'11) and its satellite workshops in Porto. ECRTS is one of the three flagship events in real-time embedded systems research.


Returning ECRTS'11 to Porto after hosting the conference already in 2003 is an homage to the hospitality and culture of the city and a reflection of the sizeable concentration of real-time systems researchers in Porto. Organizing this edition of the ECRTS series was indeed a challenge. This year we had five satellite workshops that ran in parallel in the day before the main conference. This adds to a Work in Progress (WiP) session. The excellent technical program, with a total of 25 presentations (out of 119 high quality submissions), was complemented by a substantial social program covering many touristic aspects of the city and has drawn a new record for ECRTS of over 170 participants to the conference and its associated workshops.


Particular highlights of the program were the keynotes by Prof. Hermann Kopetz on his seminal work on the time triggered architecture. The keynote on the second day was presented by Prof. David Atienza on thermal-aware design of multiprocessor system-on-a-chip architectures. Also, ECRTS ended with a discussion panel on the theme of Networked Monitoring and Control / Cyber-Physical Systems, moderated by Jorge Pereira (Principal Scientific Officer of the European Commission, DG Information Society and Media) and the participation of Ted Baker (National  Science Foundation, EUA), Chenyang Lu (Washington University - St Louis, EUA), Al Mok (University of Texas at Austin, EUA), Sérgio Penna (EMBRAER, Brasil), Eduardo Tovar (CISTER/ISEP) and Karl-Erik Årzén (Lund University, Suécia).


An event of this size could not be organised without the co-operation of a large number of people, both locally of the unit and the hosting institution as well as those externally deciding on the programs for the individual events. The feedback received from the attendees was generally centred on the outstanding organisation and running of the conference, as well as the great hospitality people felt in the city of Porto and resulted as excellent advertising for the skills available in Porto.


More information at http://www.cister.isep.ipp.pt/ecrts11/.




Successful start of the ENCOURAGE project


Last July 6/7, CISTER hosted the kick-off meeting of the European Project ENCOURAGE (Embedded iNtelligent COntrols for bUildings with Renewable generAtion and storaGE). The ENCOURAGE project, of the FP7/ARTEMIS Embedded Computing Systems Initiative, aims to develop embedded intelligence and integration technologies that will directly optimize energy use in buildings with renewable energy and enable active participation in the future smart grid environment. The ENCOURAGE consortium is led by the University of Alborg (DK), and has as partners CISTER/ISEP (PT), ISA - Intelligent Sensing Anywhere (PT), ENEL (IT), EnergiNord (DK), Seluxit (DK), GNERA Energia y Tecnologia (SP), ESVALL (SP), Atos Research (SP) and eZmonitoring (IR).


The first day was dedicated to a General Assembly meeting of the project, which reviewed the overall project activities and planning and defined the management mechanisms to be implemented. In this meeting, CISTER also presented the proposed activities related to the exploitation, standardisation and dissemination of results.


June 7 was dedicated to a technical meeting of Workpackage 2 (System Requirements and Architecture). The goal of this workpackage will be to collect the user requirements and translate them into functional requirements and system architecture. In this workpackage, CISTER leads the task that will define the general ENCOURAGE architecture, which will provide the structure and integration of ENCOURAGE building blocks (applications, enablers, middleware, embedded devices). In this context, CISTER researchers presented an initial overview of the technical challenges and foreseen activities.


More information at http://www.encourage.aau.dk/.




SENODs first Milestone review highly successful


Under the SENODs project (Sustainable ENergy-Optimized Datacenters), CISTER researchers are working towards constructing integrated solutions to address both the cyber and physical challenges posed by the large-scale energy consumption, cooling, and operational needs of large data centres.


The current development of SENODs motivated a visit by a team from Portugal Telecom (PT) Data Centre Services department, including the national head of operations. This visit consisted in the review of the first milestone of the project, to which an initial prototype of the architecture was developed. This prototype was deployed in ISEP’s own datacentre and provided a demonstration of the architecture and solutions that latter will scale to much larger data centres at PT.


The developments presented at this milestone were highly commended by the PT representatives and provide a solid foundation for the future efforts to come.


More information at http://www.cister.isep.ipp.pt/projects/senods/.




CISTER Researcher Lectures at the University of Trento


CISTER researcher Nuno Pereira gave a lecture at the “Advanced School on ICT for Future Energy Systems”, which took place at the University of Trento, Italy, from 25 to 29 of July. The main objective of the School was to analyze how information technology can be the way to reduce energy consumption and to become more environmentally responsible in all human activities. Distributed and pervasive sensing, monitoring and control will play a key role in achieving this goal and will pose novel research challenges in the development of distributed applications that must integrate aspects related to generation, storage, distribution and efficient use of energy sources.


In this framework, the school addressed the most relevant research domains, presented various perspectives and underlying technologies, identified the most important challenges and research themes and provided interaction with distinguished scholars and establish contacts that may lead to research collaborations in the future.


The target audience of school was post-graduate students, PhD students, and young researchers from universities and industrial laboratories around the world, and included talks by e.g. Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli from the University of California at Berkeley and David Atienza from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.


Nuno’s talk was dedicated to applications of pervasive sensing technologies for densely instrumented energy-efficient physical infrastructures. Namely, the talk presented topics related to ongoing research projects at CISTER, such as SENODs (http://www.cister.isep.ipp.pt/projects/senods/) and SmartSkin (http://www.cister.isep.ipp.pt/projects/smartskin/).


More information at http://events.unitn.it/en/futureenergy2011.  




Guest Editor of a Special Issue of the Journal of Real-Time Systems


Springer's Journal on Real-Time Systems is the flag-ship journal for the real-time computing systems research community.


CISTER's researcher Eduardo Tovar was Guest Editor of a special issue entitled "Embedded and Real-time Computing Systems and Applications", which was published last May 2011 as Volume 47 / Number 3, featuring research papers from renowned international researchers from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy; Southwest University, Chongqing, China; University of York, UK; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; University of Texas at San Antonio, USA; and George Mason University, USA.


More information at http://www.springerlink.com/content/0922-6443/47/3/.




CISTER organizes and hosts 14th edition of the RTCM workshop


On July 1, the most representative Portuguese research teams in the areas of mobile and wireless communications got together at ISEP for the 14th edition of the RTCM workshop. CISTER researcher Mário Alves organized this edition, with Prof. Manuel Ricardo (INESC Porto) and Jorge Sá Silva (University of Coimbra) in the scientific committee. Inês Almeida, Sandra Almeida, Claro Noda, Hossein Fotouhi and Vikram Gupta supported the local organization.


RTCM is a national network of excellence composed of both academic and industrial members that aims at fostering R&D around the areas of mobile and wireless communications. The RTCM workshops are held twice per year and represent great opportunities for the research community to present and share ideas and their latest R&D achievements. Participation in these workshops is open to motivate not only graduate but also undergraduate students to attend.


The workshop was a success both in terms of attendance (46 effective participants) and technical quality. This was evidenced by the testimony of many participants and by workshop co-chairs Manuel Ricardo and Jorge Sá Silva. Next edition (tentative date in February 2012) will be in Guimarães, which will be European Capital of Culture in 2012.


More information at http://rtcm.inescn.pt/index.php?id=424.




CONET Network of Excellence review meeting in Berlin


The 3rd year review meeting of the CONET Network of Excellence was held in at the Technical University of Berlin, on July 19/20. CISTER researchers Mário Alves and Filipe Pacheco were in charge of the presentations of the COTS4QoS and SDP research clusters, respectively. Mário Alves also presented Work Package WP5 (Dissemination), which is lead by CISTER and involves all CONET members.


The feedback from the Project Officer and reviewers was very positive, reflecting excellent results both from the overall perspective of the consortium and also related to the particular frameworks where CISTER has management responsibilities (Work Package WP5 and research clusters COTS4QoS and SDP). In the last 3 years, CONET has performed a lot of effort in putting together the integrated and federated test-beds, the simulation platform and the research clusters.


"A lot of good work has been done in most areas […]. The work in the testbeds is particularly appreciated. Improvement of tools and interfaces should be pursued.", states Project Officer Jorge Pereira in the preliminary assessment report.


More information at http://www.cooperating-objects.eu.



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