CISTER QuickNews - 31 Jan 2013

CISTER Quicknews

31, Jan, 2013


 CISTER QuickNews

Welcome to the January 31, 2013 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. SENODs on its Way to Large-Scale Deployment

2. CISTER Researcher as an invited speaker in the 3rd TORRENTS Workshop

3. HiRES 2013 co-organised by CISTER Researcher

4. Participation at the Inaugural Symposium for the Phase II of the Carnegie Mellon – Portugal Program

5. Artemis Brokerage Event  2013 receives CISTER Researchers  

6. CISTER wraps up European Network of Excellence in Cooperating Objects

7. Expert Seminar on Multicore Enablement for Embedded and Cyber Physical Systems


SENODs on its Way to Large-Scale Deployment


One more step to the large-scale deployment of SENODs with the ongoing preparation of a new pilot deployment at PT-Picoas, where an entire data-center room will be monitored with an unprecedented sensing granularity. This pilot is planned to kickoff in next February.


In the SENODs project (Sustainable ENergy-Optimized Datacenters), CISTER/INESC TEC researchers are working towards constructing integrated solutions to address both the cyber and physical challenges posed by the energy consumption, cooling, and operational needs of large-scale datacenters. The SENODs project consortium is lead in Portugal by CISTER and in the USA by 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 new, very large, and state-of-the-art datacenter in Covilhã.   



CISTER Researcher as an invited speaker in the 3rd TORRENTS Workshop


CISTER Researcher Miguel Pinho was an invited speaker in the 3rd TORRENTS (Time-ORiented Reliable Embedded NeTworked Systems) Workshop, which took place in Toulouse, the 14th of December. TORRENTS (http://www.irit.fr/torrents/) is a cluster that federates the activities related to time-oriented embedded systems carried out in research labs in Toulouse. The partners are ONERA, LAAS-CNRS, IRIT, ISAE and Thales.


This year's workshop was on the topic of "Parallel programming of real-time systems". Miguel presented the work which is currently being done on integrating into real-time systems the models of work-stealing scheduling and hybrid OpenMP/MPI, to tackle the increasingly parallel (too) many-cores.


The other invited speakers were Raymond Namyst (INRIA), presenting how high-performance runtimes can be used in embedded systems, Benoît Dinechin (Kalray), presenting the new MPPA embedded many-core processor which features 16 clusters of 16 cores each and Bertrand Marquis (Sysgo) presenting the issues with scheduling and certification on multi-core using PikeOS.


More information at: http://www.irit.fr/torrents/seminars/third_working_day.php



HiRES 2013 co-organized by CISTER Researcher


CISTER Researcher Luis Miguel Pinho co-organizes, together with Francisco Cazorla from the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, the Workshop on High-performance and Real-Time Embedded Systems (HiRES 2013), which will be held January 23, 2013, in Berlin, Germany, in conjunction with the 8th International Conference on High-Performance and Embedded Architectures and Compilers (HiPEAC 2013).


HiRES brings together researchers and engineers in the confluence of high-performance, embedded systems and real-time systems. The goal is to allow for fruitful discussions on the challenges and research directions that should be tackled by the community. As stated in the HiPEAC roadmap "Computing Systems: Research Challenges Ahead", Time is relevant. The correct timing behaviour of systems is fundamental for embedded systems, which interact with the physical world.

Examples range from for safety-critical systems, such as ABS brakes and avionics, to consumer systems, such as video processing in TV sets and games.


In all these applications, systems are expected to cope with an increasing demand of functional and non-functional requirements, with the corresponding increase in processing capabilities, paving the way for high-performance architectures, of which multi-core and many-core systems are becoming pervasive. Although different approaches can be used, the power and challenges of parallelization as a means to provide higher performance is a cross-cutting concern.


HiRES papers and presentations illustrate current and future work in the theory and practice of the design and engineering of high-performance real-time embedded systems for a variety of application domains.


More information at: http://www.cister.isep.ipp.pt/hires2013



Participation at the Inaugural Symposium for the Phase II of the Carnegie Mellon – Portugal Program


The Inaugural Symposium "Carnegie Mellon Portugal: An Entrepreneurial University-Industry Ecosystem in ICT", which took place in IST, Lisbon, included the presence of CISTER. In this event, CISTER researchers, Eduardo Tovar, Nuno Pereira e Bruno Saraiva, presented the project entitled Sustainable ENergy-Optimized Datacenters (SENODs), funded by the Carnegie Mellon – Portugal program.


The Carnegie Mellon – Portugal Program is a research/educational partnership with the Carnegie Mellon University and several top-rated Portuguese research institutions, which involves professors, researchers and students. After five years of intense collaboration (Phase I), the Program is expected to enter a new period (Phase 2), aimed at consolidating, extending, and reaping the full benefit of the investment made in Phase 1  and leveraging the  innovation capacity of the  Carnegie Mellon Portugal knowledge network for Portugal  to affirm and increase its  competitive  advantages internationally.


The week before, and also related to this program, CISTER researcher, Eduardo Tovar, held meetings in Pittsburgh with various CMU and SEI regarding the ongoing collaborations on the dual PhD programs and on the SENODs project. Prospective ideas for the future were also discussed.


More information at: http://www.cmuportugal.org



Artemis Brokerage Event 2013 receives CISTER Researchers


In the last few years CISTER has achieved a big success in its participation in Artemis European Projects, with one project already finished (EMMON), two ongoing projects (ENCOURAGE and RECOMP) and two due to start in the next months (CONCERTO  and ARROWHEAD). This year the Artemis Consortium organized the 2013 Artemis Brokerage Event in Heathrow, London, on the 15th and 16th of January, in which more 100 researchers (from academia and industry) participated, including CISTER researchers Luis Lino Ferreira and Nuno Pereira. During the event both researchers were involved in discussions with other participants with the objective of building up partnerships for future projects.


ARTEMIS Industry Association is the association for R&D actors in Embedded Systems. The Industry Association is open to: SMEs, universities, R&D centres and Large Enterprises. It is a network of more than 200 members. Together they form a meeting place where key industry and R&D actors identify topics for major R&D project proposals and form succesful quality consortia. ARTEMIS nurtures the ambition to strengthen Europe's position in embedded intelligence and systems and to attain world-class leadership.


More information at: http://www.artemis-ia.eu/brokerage2013



CISTER wraps up European Network of Excellence in Cooperating Objects


CISTER/INESC-TEC researchers Filipe Pacheco and Mário Alves participated in the final Review Meeting of FP7 European Network of Excellence in Cooperating Objects (CONET) in Brussels, Belgium, on the 29/JAN/2013.


Filipe presented the major outcomes of the SDP (Scalable Data Processing) research cluster where CISTER’s unique in-network data processing algorithms are combined with knowledge from researchers in Dublin (NUIG DERI), Duisburg (UDE) and Cyprus (UCY). The cluster worked to provide innovative comprehensive end-to-end data collection, processing and distribution with massive data sets combining not only sensor data but also social data and the semantic web information. Results were published in top journals and the cluster received the CONET’s PhD Best Thesis Award.


Mário presented the WP5 (Spreading of Excellence) results and the COTS4QoS research cluster. The COTS4QoS research cluster produced excellent R&D results, namely a number of scientific publications in top conferences and journals, as a corollary of the synergies created among partners (ISEP (leader), UDE,  ICS, UBerlin, UCLondon, UNIPisa, TCDublin) and a set of planning/engineering tools that widely used by the international community. This cluster also produced relevant standardization, outreach and exploitation results.


The Project Officer praised the projects results and the congratulated the participants for the successful conclusion of the undertaking. Since 2008 there were more than 350 papers with CONET label.  CONET sponsored 4 editions of the EWSN conference and supported more than 30 satellite events in top-ranked conferences. A series of Springer Briefs was produced and also two special sections in journals, three Summer Schools were organized with about 170 participants and a distinguished visitor program was established with more than 50 events.


The CONET Network of Excellence addressed the research and technological effort that will ultimately efficiently allow interlinking the real world physical objects and cyberspace, generally coined as 
“Cooperating-Objects” or “Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)”.


CONET included 16 core members, 11 from academia and 5 from industry.

Academic members include ISEP, TU Delft (NL), TU Berlin (DE), UCL (UK), SICS (SE), University of Cyprus (CE), National University of Ireland, Galway (IR) and University of Pisa (IT). Industrial members are SAP (DE), Schneider-Electric GmbH (DE), SELEX Galileo Ltd (UK), Boeing Research & Technology Europe (ES) and Telecom Italia (IT). Within CONET, CISTER-ISEP was the leader of WP5 (Spreading of Excellence) and also of 2 out of 6 research projects (clusters COTS4QoS and SDP).


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



Expert Seminar on Multicore Enablement for Embedded and Cyber Physical Systems


In the last week of January CISTER researcher Stefan M. Petters attended the by-invitation-only seminar on Multicore Enablement for Embedded and Cyber Physical Systems at Schloss Dagstuhl in Germany. The workshop was organised by Andreas Herkersdorf (TU Munich), Michael Paulitsch (EADS-Innovation Works), and Michael Hinchey (University of Limerick). It brought together researchers from industry and academia to discuss the challenges faced in and solutions proposed for the deployment of multicore processors in embedded systems. Stefan in this context presented CISTER research on application mapping in NoC based manycores and together with Rene Graf (Siemens AG) he led a working group on "Certification of Safety Critical Multicore Systems: Challenges and Solutions".


The various seminars at Dagstuhl are mostly designed to tackle a specific problem by bringing together a group of researchers with complementary skills and its results often serve as focal point to develop input to the national and European policy makers to shape future research agendas. In line with this spirit, the attendees of this seminar has varying background, spanning the area vertically from hardware design, operating systems, up through to middleware and programming model and language issues, as well as horizontally the  automotive, aerospace, industrial automation, and medical systems industry.


More information at: http://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/calendar/semhp/?semnr=13052


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