CISTER QuickNews - 20 Sep 2012

CISTER Quicknews

20, Sep, 2012


 CISTER QuickNews



Welcome to the September 20, 2012 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 and Embedded Computing Systems, being disseminated monthly to a selected audience.

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Quick look

1. CISTER Researchers win Best Paper Award

2. Special Issue of the ACM SIGBED Review on the CONET 2012 Workshop

3. New Research Scientist at CISTER

4. CISTER Researchers at the RECOMP Bi-annual Project Meeting

5. CISTER enrolled in 3 ARTEMIS Project Proposals

6. CISTER Researcher’s Internship at the University of Pittsburgh, USA


CISTER Researchers win Best Paper Award


The paper entitled “Building a Microscope for the Data Center”, by CISTER/INESC-TEC researchers Nuno Pereira, Stefano Tennina and Eduardo Tovar received the Best Paper Award at the 7th International Conference on Wireless Algorithms, Systems and Applications (paper acceptance ratio of 28.6%).


This is a remarkable accomplishment by the team working in the SENODs project (Sustainable ENergy-Optimized Datacenters), where CISTER is working on integrated solutions to address both the cyber and physical challenges posed by the energy consumption, cooling, and operational needs of large-scale datacenters. These technologies enable energy savings of around 15-20%.


The SENODs project consortium is lead in Portugal by CISTER-ISEP and in the USA by the Carnegie-Mellon University, and the other academic partner is FEUP in Portugal. The project is industrially driven by major Portuguese corporation Portugal Telecom (PT), which is undergoing a major overhaul of its datacenter facilities with the construction of a very large and state-of-the-art datacenter in Covilhã, to begin operation late 2012/early 2013. SENODs technologies are expected to reduce the energy bill in roughly 1 MEuros/year.



Special Issue of the ACM SIGBED Review on the CONET 2012 Workshop


Following up on the successful CONET Workshop 2012 (http://conet2012.cister-isep.info/), co-located with the CPSWeek (http://www.cpsweek.org/) and held in Beijing, China in April 2012, CISTER/INESC-TEC researchers Mário Alves and Nuno Pereira organized and guest-edited a special issue of the ACM SIGBED Review (Volume 9, Number 3, July 2012): http://sigbed.seas.upenn.edu/vol9_num3.html.


The CONET workshop program included ten high quality papers that were selected after a rigorous reviewing process by the Program Committee, from which eight of them appear in this special issue. The workshop program was complemented by a keynote speech by NSF Career awarded Kamin Whitehouse (University of Virginia, USA) on “A computational approach to energy-efficient buildings” and an industrial talk given by Nic Lane, from the Mobile Sensing Systems Group at Microsoft Research Asia. To wrap up the workshop, a panel including the keynote speaker, Thiemo Voigt (Swedish Institute of Computer Science) and Tarek Abdelzaher (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), discussed the topic “Smart Cities: playground for cooperating objects?”.


The ACM SIGBED review is a peer-reviewed quarterly publication of ACM SIGBED (special interests group on embedded systems). This on-line newsletter provides a dissemination forum for research on embedded computing. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, embedded software, embedded system architecture, model-based design, distributed real-time middleware, real-time architectures, feedback control, low-power computing, sensor networks, security, and embedded applications. All papers published in the ACM SIGBED review are listed in the ACM Digital Library (http://dl.acm.org/).



New Research Scientist at CISTER


CISTER is proud to announce the enrollment of yet another very skilled research scientist – Benny Åkesson. He will foster a stronger team in the RECOMP International project and the research activities in the areas of Adaptive and Multicore Real-Time and Embedded Systems.


Benny Åkesson was born in Landskrona, Sweden, in 1977. He earned a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Engineering at Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden in 2005. In 2010, he received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, on the topic of "Predictable and Composable SoC Memory Controllers". This research was conducted in collaboration with NXP Semiconductors.


Prior to joining the CISTER research unit, he worked as Postdoctoral Researcher and Assistant Professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology, where he led the memory research team in the Electronic Systems group at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. His primary research interests include memory controller architectures, real-time resource scheduling, performance modeling, and virtualization. He is the author of a book about memory controllers for real-time embedded systems.



CISTER Researchers at the RECOMP Bi-Annual Project Meeting


CISTER's researchers Vincent Nélis and Stefan M. Petters, attended from 8th to 12th of September the RECOMP general face-to-face project meeting in Bath, UK.


RECOMP is a project funded through FCT and the Artemis-JU containing 40 partners from industry, SMEs and academia, including among others Infinion, Thales, Honeywell, EADS, DTU, TU Braunschweig, Sysgo, and CISTER. RECOMP aims to enable and consequently reduce the cost of certification for modern safety-critical multicore processor systems in the industry automation, avionics and automotive domains.


The meeting was a collection of workshops around individual work packages and tasks of the project. Overall, CISTER's work received very positive attention and is now set to move into the final semester of the 3 year project.



CISTER enrolled in 3 ARTEMIS Project Proposals


Following a late decision of Portugal to participate in the Artemis Call 2012 (only mid of July there was the announcement that Portugal would be participating in this call), it is with extra pleasure that we report that CISTER-ISEP was still able to successfully participate in 3 ARTEMIS project proposals involving strong consortia:


·         ARROWHEAD (Arrowhead), including partners such as Acciona, Airbus Operations SAS, CEA, FIAT, Ford, Honeywell, Infineon, NXP, Schneider Electric, Siemens and Thales.

·         CONCERTO (Guaranteed Component Assembly with Round Trip Analysis for Energy Efficient High-integrity Multi-core Systems), including partners such as Thales, EADS, Bosch, Absint, Cadence, The Open Group and Atego.

·         MULTIstar (Leveraging COTS multi-core platforms for Mixed-Criticality Systems), including partners such as EADS, Honeywell, Rapita Systems, Critical Software, Altreonic, VTT and Tecnalia.


This was a huge effort from CISTER to catch up with ongoing efforts (consortia have been formed and proposals were being prepared since spring or earlier), overcoming the short time available and during a period where most Europeans are typically on vacations.



CISTER Researcher’s Internship at the University of Pittsburgh, USA


CISTER/INESC-TEC researcher Dakshina Dasari is currently working towards her PhD on analyzing real-time systems on multicore processors, considering memory contention. Her future research will consider the impact of the bus contention in this multi-tiered memory hierarchy in which the DRAM is used as a cache and the Phase Change Memory (PCM) is used as the main memory. In order to pursue this research, Dakshina is currently doing an internship (founded by the FCT) supervised by Prof. Daniel Mossé at the University of Pittsburgh, where substantial work on real-time PCM was performed. This internship will facilitate a seamless integration of her analysis with the new adaptations of PCM for real-time systems carried out by Prof. Daniel Mossé and his team. Furthermore, this collaboration will leverage the synergies between both teams.



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