CISTER QuickNews - 8 Apr 2013

CISTER Quicknews

8, Apr, 2013


 CISTER QuickNews

Welcome to the April 8, 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. CISTER/INESC-TEC Distinguished Seminar Series Hosts Professors George Lima, Joël Goossens and Kees Goossens
2. SENODs technology is Now Deployed at Portugal Telecom (PT) Datacenter in Picoas, Lisbon
3. High Profile Academics Descend on Porto for the ECRTS'13 TPC Meeting
4. Celebration of the 60th anniversary of Professor Alan Burns
5. Project CarCoDe received approval for funding

CISTER/INESC-TEC Distinguished Seminar Series Hosts Professors George Lima, Joël Goossens and Kees Goossens

After other very distinguished speakers in the past, CISTER/INESC-TEC had the honour of hosting yet three further Distinguished Seminars: Professor George Lima (Federal University of Bahia, Brazil), Professor Joël Goossens (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium) and Professor Kees Goossens (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands). The main purpose of their visit was to participate in meetings aiming at further collaboration with CISTER/INESC-TEC, also taking the opportunity to give well participated talks on "New paradigms in the design of optimal multiprocessor real-time scheduling", “Job Partitioning Strategies for Multiprocessor Scheduling of Real-Time Periodic Tasks with Restricted Migrations” and “CompSOC: a Mixed-Criticality Multi-MOC Execution Platform”, respectively.

More info at: http://www.cister.isep.ipp.pt/events/+distinguished+seminar+series/

SENODs technology is Now Deployed at Portugal Telecom (PT) Datacenter in Picoas, Lisbon

The SENODs team successfully carried out a proof-of-concept deployment at PT-Picoas. This deployment is a a long-lived demonstration of the technology developed within the SENODs project and will enable the analysis of datacenter power and environmental variables to an unprecedented granularity. The results from this deployment will mean that Portugal Telecom (PT) will know in much greater detail exactly what the data centre is using, why it is using this and what is the cause of this. Using this data PT will be able to configure the data centre for it to run as efficiently as possible. This proof-of-concept is also the kickoff of other deployments within datacenters owned by PT.

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/INESC-TEC and in the USA by Carnegie-Mellon University the other academic partner in Portugal is FEUP. The project is industrially driven by the 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.

High Profile Academics Descend on Porto for the ECRTS'13 TPC Meeting

March 16 saw more than 30 world-renowned academics gather at CISTER/INESC-TEC for the Technical Program Committee meeting of the 25th Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems (ECRTS'13). ECRTS is one of the flagship events of the embedded real-time systems community. It will take place from 9th to 12th of July 2013 in Paris, France and encompass besides the main conference, a set of highly popular targeted Workshops on Operating Systems Platforms, Worst-Case Execution Time, Real-Time Networks, Analysis Tools, and Open Problems in real-time Scheduling, as well as a work-in-progress session for work in early stages of development.

CISTER/INESC-TEC researcher Stefan M. Petters is serving as Technical Program Committee Chair of ECRTS'13. In this function he was leading the TPC meeting. This is an outstanding recognition both for Stefan and the CISTER/INESC-TEC research unit as a whole and is a testament to the excellent work performed in the unit. As reported in the last news, this forms a string of recognitions CISTER/INESC-TEC has received for RTAS 2013, SIES 2013 and RTSS 2013.

More information at: http://ecrts.eit.uni-kl.de/ecrts13

Celebration of the 60th anniversary of Professor Alan Burns

CISTER/INESC-TEC researchers Stefan M. Petters and Konstantinos Bletsas participated in a one-day workshop titled "Real-time systems: the past, the present and the future". This was held at the University of York, on March 14th, 2013. This one-off event was organised by Prof. Sanjoy K. Baruah (U. North Carolina, USA) and Dr Neil C. Audsley (U. of York, UK) in celebration of the 60th birthday of Professor Alan Burns and in recognition of his contributions to the research community.

Professor Alan Burns is one of the members of the CISTER/INESC-TEC External Advisory Board (EAB). His research interests cover a number of aspects of real-time systems including the assessment of languages for use in the real-time domain, distributed operating systems, the formal specification of scheduling algorithms and implementation strategies, and the design of dependable user interfaces to real-time applications. He has authored/co-authored 450 papers/reports and 15 books.

The Real Time Systems Research Group of the University of York was established in 1990 and since then has undertaken research into all aspects of the design, implementation and analysis of real-time systems. This workshop allowed for discussions to be held between the research institutes involved within the Real Time Systems area.

More information at: http://www.cs.york.ac.uk/rts/

Project CarCoDe received approval for funding

We are pleased to announce that the CarCoDe project has been approved by the System of Incentives for Research and Technological Development (SI I&DT) of the National Strategic Reference Framework (QREN). Negotiations with the Portuguese Funding Agency, ADI – Agência de Inovação, have now been successfully concluded, and the project is set to start on July 1st.

CarCoDe (Platform for Smart Car to Car Content Delivery) is an European R&D project, labeled within the ITEA 2 program (http://www.itea2.org/project/index/view/?project=10147), with partners such as Cassidian (FR), NXP (FR), Thales C&S (FR), University Paris-East (FR), Easy Innova (SP), Universiry of Girona (SP)and GM (SP).

As an ITEA labeled project, funding applications are done per country. After the successful funding applications in Spain and France, the European project started last December 2012, with the kickoff meeting taking place this March.

The Portuguese National application was submitted by a Consortium, led by the Mecalbi SME and made up by the partners CISTER/INESC-TEC, Instituto de Telecomunicações, PT Inovação, IPCB and Evoleo Technologies. CISTER/INESC-TEC is the national contact to the ITEA Consortium.

CarCoDe will develop a software platform for the automotive domain. The aim of this software is to generate a readable traffic service domain which displays all information related to all automotive users (car drivers, truck operators, traffic management planners, etc).

The project leader within CISTER/INESC-TEC is researcher Luis Miguel Pinho.

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