CISTER QuickNews - 22 Jun 2010

CISTER Quicknews

22, Jun, 2010


 CISTER QuickNews


Welcome to the June 22, 2010 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 two weeks to a selected audience.

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Quick look


   1. CISTER Leads International Project to Solve Major Challenges in Datacenters

   2. CISTER takes a leading role in ARTEMIS project proposal

   3. Ada User Journal finishes the celebration of its 30th Anniversary

   4. International Research Cluster meets at CISTER




CISTER Leads International Project to Solve Major Challenges in Datacenters


Data centers increasingly constitute a critical backbone of the worldwide information technology (IT) infrastructure, forming the server infrastructure for search engines, mail servers, e-commerce, data warehousing and other cloud computing functions. Thousands of data centers operate across the world occupying various millions of square meters. While such data centers generally target large-scale virtual IT services, the design, construction and operation of data centers (i) depend on cyber-physical infrastructure with major power and cooling requirements, (ii) incur significant energy costs, and (iii) can lead to significant economic and societal impact from the failures of physical subsystems. In fact, power and cooling in a data center cost more than the IT equipment supported. As a result, data centers face an emerging crisis.


The SENODs (Sustainable ENergy-Optimized Datacenters) project will rectify that by: (i) using ultimate distributed sensing technologies to provide fine-grained monitoring of power consumption, cooling and data center environmental variables to identify, model, analyze and optimize energy costs; (ii) developing intelligent layout optimization algorithms that offer recommendations regarding placement of new servers so as to minimize local hotspots and improve energy efficiency; (iii) providing support for alerts and notifications of actual or pending failures in cooling and other infrastructure equipment to gracefully shut down some or all of center operations; (iv) online capacity and workload management that allows dynamic reallocation of computing loads driven by energy and cost minimization.


The project consortium is lead in Portugal by CISTER and in the USA by Carnegie-Mellon University, and is industrially driven by major Portuguese corporation Portugal Telecom (PT). Other academic partners are FEUP in Portugal and MIT in the USA. The SENODs project is set to start in September 2010 and will have 3 years duration. Funding for the Portuguese academic partners is in the range of 0.3 million Euros, of which around 75% for CISTER-ISEP.




CISTER takes a leading role in ARTEMIS project proposal


CISTER is involved in a number of proposals for the 2010 call for projects in the Artemis program, which is jointly funded by the European Member States and the European Commission, and plays a pivotal role in one of the largest of the proposed projects: SYMBEOSE. The project aims to underpin the world leading position of the only European Smartphone operating system (Symbian) and brings together research institutions, SMEs and big industry players to drive the European innovation.


Dr. Stefan M. Petters travelled last month to London to participate in a meeting after the project outline receiving a positive feedback. One of the results of the meeting is that CISTER will assume technical leadership of the entire Middleware Work-Package and of three Sub-Workpackages, accounting for approximately a fifth of the overall project effort. CISTER will lead in the areas of asymmetrical multiprocessing, power management infrastructure and reliable resource management as well as contributing in the areas of GRID file systems, indoor localisation and dissemination course development. Beyond that, CISTER is also part of the overall project leadership, working together with Symban, NOKIA and ST-Ericsson in the steering of the project aims and direction.




Ada User Journal finishes the celebration of its 30th anniversary


On the occasion of the 15th annual Conference on Reliable Software Technologies – Ada-Europe 2010, the Ada User Journal, whose Editor-in-Chief is a CISTER Researcher, finalized one year of the celebration of the Journal’s 30th Anniversary.


Ada User Journal, the quarterly publication of Ada-Europe, keeps its readership abreast of developments in the standardization, use and promotion of the Ada programming language and technology, as well as issues related with reliable software technologies and engineering in Europe and the rest of the world. The origins of the Ada User Journal date back to the birth of Ada UK News, which started publication in March 1980. As the first Editor, Prof. Ian Pyle, at the time Chair of Computer Science at the University of York, UK, put it in his inaugural Editorial, “Ada has elicited interest in both the industrial and academic worlds. Perhaps for the first time we can find ourselves pulling in the same direction to the benefit of us all. This is an opportunity for bridging the industrial/academic gulf which we must not lose”. And in fact this vision is still one of the cornerstones of the Journal Editorial policy.


The anniversary celebrations included a special paper about the history of the Journal, published in the first issue of Volume 30, and, in the official 30th anniversary issue, a re-print of selected papers from the Journal’s 30-year history, with the intent to offer the readership a sample of the papers that were considered to have had the most impact and relevance at the time of publication. The celebration also included a poster-based presentation which was displayed in Ada-related conferences in both sides of the Atlantic.


More info at www.ada-europe.org.




International Research Cluster meets at CISTER


Today, 99% of all processors sold are used in embedded computers. Embedded computer systems tend to be networked (as for example RFid tags routinely used in retailing and transportation), with several exciting application areas around the corner, such as collaborative computations of sensor readings from cellular phones and smart grids for more efficient use/dissemination of electrical power. The European Commission (EC) has therefore supported CONET, a network of excellence for integrating and spreading the knowledge of European R&D actors in this area, including key actors such as SAP, Schneider Electric and Boeing in Europe.


CISTER is a core partner in CONET, leading several of the research clusters. On June 17, CISTER hosted a working meeting of one of such research clusters: Scalable Data Processing (SDP). The SDP cluster aims to develop solutions (algorithms and architectures) which allow a very large number of devices to share their sensor readings in order to perform highly optimized data processing of densely distributed sensors. One of the CISTER´s main contributions to SDP is its unique patented technology which allows certain distributed computations to be performed very efficiently using a prioritized medium access control protocol.






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