CISTER QuickNews - 18 Feb 2014

CISTER Quicknews

18, Feb, 2014


 CISTER QuickNews

Welcome to the February 18, 2014 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 Seminar on Appliance’s Energy Efficiency under Peak Power Constraints
2. TACLe COST Action Meeting
3. HiRES Workshop at HiPEAC 2014
4. Arrowhead General Assembly Meeting and first review results

CISTER/INESC-TEC Seminar on Appliance’s Energy Efficiency under Peak Power Constraints

Last January 21st, 2014 CISTER hosted another of its seminars, this time dedicated to energy efficiency. The seminar titled “Coordinated Scheduling of TCEDs under Peak Power Constraint” was given by Gopinath Karmakar from the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, India, and addressed the problem of maintaining thermal comfort-bands associated with background loads under Peak energy consumption constraint.

Peak energy consumption has impact on upfront capital costs and hence on energy tariffs. Reducing the size of the peaks has been recognized as an important consideration in the design of efficient demand-response systems. A substantial fraction of the energy demand of buildings comes from the Thermostatically Controlled Electrical Devices (TCED) viz., air-conditioners (ACs), refrigerators and room-heaters, which do not need human interaction for their continuous operations. So long as desirable temperature levels, referred to as thermal comfort-bands, are maintained by such background loads, users will not be concerned about when they perform their assigned functions. i.e., when they consume the energy required to function. Thermal Comfort Band Maintenance (TCBM), a new algorithm for scheduling such background loads under peak power constraint was presented as well as a discussion on how TCBM can adapt to changes in ambient parameters and provide the basis for efficient demand-response systems.

Gopinath Karmakar is a scientist from the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, India, which has been involved in the design and development of embedded software for safety-related systems of the Indian nuclear plants for more than two decades. His current research interest is smart grid with a focus on smart home.

More information at: http://www.cister.isep.ipp.pt/events/+talks/

TACLe COST Action Meeting

CISTER researcher Konstantinos Bletsas attended the TACLe ("Timing analysis at the code level" ) COST Action meeting in Vienna, January 23-24, representing Portugal in the "Management Committee".

The two days meeting involved research presentations from participants and discussion in between. The meeting also included managerial sessions where planning and decisions about the project where discussed and agreed; namely, the planning of TACLe summer school this year.

COST Actions are designed to create networks of researchers in Europe around a particular topic. In this particular case, it concerns code-level timing analysis and brings together researchers from key research organizations in Europe, like the Mälardalen University, Sweden, University of York, UK, or University of Saarbrücken, Germany.

More information at: http://tacle.knossosnet.gr/


HiRES Workshop at HiPEAC 2014

CISTER researcher Luis Miguel Pinho co-organized the 2nd Workshop on High-performance and Real-time Embedded Systems (HiRES 2014) held in conjunction with the 9th International Conference on High-Performance and Embedded Architectures and Compilers (HiPEAC 2014).

The workshop (which occurred on January 20, 2014, in Vienna, Austria) brought together researchers and engineers in the confluence of high-performance, embedded and real-time systems for a variety of application domains. As usual, the event was fruitful with discussions on the challenges and research directions that should be tackled by the community.

The program counted with one keynote from Thorbjörn Jemander, Vision Software Architect at Autoliv Electronics (Sweden), presenting a perspective on the challenges of HPC techniques when applied to automotive critical systems. Additionally there were two sessions of technical papers on topics such as many-cores, mixed-criticality and parallelization, and a session on presentations from European R&D projects on the area. The workshop was a success, doubling the number of participants from the previous edition, and almost doubling the number of submitted papers.

More information at: http://www.cister.isep.ipp.pt/hires2014/


Arrowhead General Assembly Meeting and first review results

CISTER researchers Luis Lino Ferreira and Christos Chrysoulas participated on the Artemis AIPP Arrowhead General assembly which has been held in Budapest, on January 14th-16th.

During the meeting the participants had the chance to present, discuss and apply the Arrowhead Documentation Framework and the Arrowhead Common Framework. The former is being developed on task 7.1 led by CISTER, and the later being developed in task 7.3 and WP8, with a strong participation by CISTER.

Also during the meeting, the participants had the possibility of analyzing the very positive results of the first project review meeting and that the commission accepted all deliverables submitted by the project consortium.

The Arrowhead project addresses cooperative automation and is enabled by the technology developed around the Internet of Things and Service Oriented Architectures. The project will provide a technical framework adapted to such systems. Implementation and evaluation will be through through real deployments in various applicative domains: electro-mobility; smart buildings; infrastructures and smart cities; industrial production; energy production and energy virtual market.

Arrowhead belongs to the first group of very large Artemis AIPP projects with an overall budget of around 90 million Euros, involving most European countries. Besides ISEP (through CISTER), the Arrowhead project involves key European industrial players such as Acciona (SP), Airbus Operations (FR), FIAT (IT), Ford (UK), Honeywell (CZ), INDRA (SP), Infineon (AT), NXP (FR), Schneider Electric (FR), STMicroelectronics (IT), and Thales (FR).

More information at: http://www.arrowhead.eu/



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