CISTER QuickNews - 17 Jul 2014

CISTER Quicknews

17, Jul, 2014



 CISTER QuickNews


Welcome to the July 17, 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 is involved in the writing of eight ECSEL projects
2. CISTER wins fair-play team medal
3. EMC2 kickoff meeting
4. Arrowhead multi-workpackage meeting
5. One more successful PhD defense
6. CiWork 2014
7. Successful first review of European FP7 project led by CISTER
8. Program Co-Chair of WFCS2014

CISTER is involved in the writing of eight ECSEL projects

The Industry Associations representing the major stakeholders in the fields of Nanoelectronics (AENEAS), Embedded Systems (ARTEMIS-IA) and Smart Systems (EPoSS) support the proposal of the European Commission to form, under the umbrella of Horizon 2020, a new Public Private Partnership with industry and Member States encompassing a total proposed activity of close to €5 billion over seven years.

Industry will play a major role in the research and innovation programme of this new Joint Undertaking on Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership (ECSEL) by contributing 50% of the budget and proposing innovative projects that include pilot lines and large-scale demonstrators. The main objective of the work accomplished through ESCEL will be to accentuate the attractiveness of Europe for the high-tech industry and to contribute to the development of new technologies and applications that address tomorrow’s main societal challenges. Following the strategic pillar of international networking projects and this new ECSEL initiative, CISTER/INESC-TEC joined eight consortia to build new project proposals within the ECSEL 2014 call. More details about these projects will be given soon.

More information at: http://www.ecsel.eu/Call2014.html

CISTER wins fair-play team medal

Like in previous years, INESC-TEC organized last May a football tournament gathering all its researchers. CISTER/INESC-TEC researchers have been participating in this initiative since 2012.

In this year’s tournament, CISTER/INESC-TEC’s team - Borislav Nikolic, Christos Chrysoulas, Patrick Yomsi, João Loureiro, Hamza Ijaz, Paulo Carvalho, Hazem Ali, Raghuraman Rangarajan, Miguel Pinho and Daniel Moreira – joined the team of HasLab, another autonomous research unit associated to INESC-TEC, which was composed of Francisco Maia, Ricardo Gonçalves, Francisco Cruz, João Paulo, Tiago Jorge and Paulo Jesus. This year 8 teams attended the matches to compete for the title of Best Team of the 14th INESC-TEC Football Tournament 2014.

Although CISTER/HASLab didn’t reach the title, the team was elected by the other football teams as the Fair-Play Team being awarded the respective medal. CISTER/INESC-TEC had already taken home such a medal in the 12th edition of INESC’s football tournament.

EMC2 kickoff meeting

Eduardo Tovar and Pedro Souto participated in the kick-off meeting of subtask 8.2, Hybrid Avionics Integrated Architecture, of the EMC2 Artemis Project, that took place at Airbus Group premises in Munich on 27.06.2014. In this meeting the Airbus partners presented an overview of the demonstrator and this was followed by a discussion on how the contributions of other partners might be integrated in that demonstrator.

EMC2 (Embedded multi-core systems for mixed criticality applications in dynamic and changeable real-time environments, JU grant nr. 621429) aims to develop an innovative, sustainable service-oriented architecture for mixed criticality applications in dynamic and changeable real-time environments, helping the European Embedded Systems industry to maintain its leading edge position. EMC2 is a project of 97 partners of embedded industry and research from 19 European countries and Israel with an effort of about 800 person years and a total budget of about 100 million Euro.

More information at: www.emc2-project.eu

Arrowhead multi-workpackage meeting

From the 9th to 12th of June Luis Lino participated on the Arrowhead Multi-Workpackage Meeting, which was held in Stavanger, Norway. During this meeting all pilot-related tasks demonstrated their main achievements by showing around 15 different demo installations running partially on existing Arrowhead technologies.

In this meeting CISTER/INESC-TEC showed a prototype of a system which applies the flex-offer concept (a kind of energy demand-response) on the control of a legacy devices, whose operation can be controlled by smart grid applications. These legacy devices can be almost any kind of electric devices which have some flexibility on the amount of energy to be consumed and on the time when that energy is consumed. Examples of these devices are washing machines, electric heater, heat-pumps, air-conditioning, etc.

The software, implemented by César Teixeira in close cooperation with Danish partners, can now be used, with the minor adaptations, on any other Arrowhead pilot that wishes to implement the flex-offer concept.

Arrowhead belongs to the first group of very large Artemis AIPP projects. It has an overall budget of around 90 million Euros, involving most European countries. Besides ISEP (through CISTER/INESC-TEC), 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).

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 real deployments in various applicative domains: electro-mobility; smart buildings; infrastructures and smart cities; industrial production; energy production and energy virtual market.

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

One more successful PhD defense

CISTER/INESC-TEC PhD student Dakshina Dasari has successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “Timing Analysis of Real-Time Systems Considering the Contention on the Shared Interconnection Network in Multicores”. Dakshina received her PhD with distinction from the University of Porto where she was enrolled in the PhD program jointly taught by CISTER/INESC-TEC and FEUP.

In her work Dakshina has studied multiple aspects of the contention problem for shared resources in multicore settings. A particular attention was given to the contention for a single shared memory bus and the potential impact of sharing that resource on the timing behavior of the applications. She has also studied other shared resources like the memory controller and the network-on-chip in modern many-core architectures. She has contributed significantly to that research domain and has developed a set of methods to augment the state-of-the-art worst-case execution time analysis techniques with the extra delay induced by these shared resources.

Dakshina has achieved solid performance throughout the four years of her PhD, with a total of four papers published in international conferences and one paper published in a renowned journal (and another one still under submission). The main opponents were Prof. Daniel Mossé from the University of Pittsburgh, (USA) and Prof. Thomas Nolte from Mälardalen University (MDH), Västerås (Sweden), both highly respected authorities in the field.

CiWork 2014

Following on the success of the First CISTER/INESC-TEC Industrial workshop held on 2013 (http://www.cister.isep..ipp.pt/ciwork2013/ ), CISTER/INESC-TEC will be organizing the Second Industrial Workshop in September, 2014.

CiWork 2014 aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from the industry and academia and provide them with a platform to report on recent advances and developments in the newly emerging areas of real-time and embedded technologies, as well as actual and potential applications to industrial systems.

More information and the advance program at: http://www.cister.isep..ipp.pt/ciwork2014/

Successful first review of European FP7 project led by CISTER

The P-SOCRATES (Parallel SOftware framework for time-CRitical mAny-core sysTEmS) project first Review Meeting was successfully held on May 15, at the venue of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain. The review meeting was held within the block review week, organized by the Complex Systems & Advanced Computing Unit of the European Commission (CNECT A3) which brought together the “Advanced Computing project cluster”: the group of FP7 projects working in the area of Advanced Computing and financed by the European Commission under ICT Call 10.

The main objective of the block review was to analyze, measure and maximize the potential and actual impact of the projects in terms of exploitation. Each project went through an autonomous review meeting, with a common all-projects workshop on impact and exploitation held on Wednesday, May 14. The P-SOCRATES review meeting focused on the achievements in the first phase of the project, which led to the successful reaching of the project first milestone. The project exploitation views were also presented in the Wednesday workshop, in a session on real-time and reliability.

The P-SOCRATES project will research and develop new techniques for exploiting the massively parallel computation capabilities of next-generation many-core embedded platforms in a predictable way. These platforms are well positioned for intercepting the increasingly convergence of High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Embedded Computing (EC) domains need for predictable high-performance, allowing HPC and EC applications to be executed on efficient and powerful heterogeneous architectures integrating general-purpose processors with many-core computing fabrics.

P-SOCRATES is tackling this important challenge by merging leading research groups from the HPC and EC communities. The time-criticality and parallelization challenges common to both areas are addressed by proposing an integrated framework for executing workload-intensive applications with real-time requirements on top of next-generation commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) platforms based on many-core accelerated architectures. The project is investigating new HPC techniques that fulfil real-time requirements: the main sources of indeterminism are identified, and efficient mapping and scheduling algorithms will be proposeded, along with the associated timing and schedulability analysis, to guarantee the real-time and performance requirements of the applications.

The project partners include as research institutions, besides CISTER/INESC-TEC, the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (Spain), the University of Modena (Italy) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland). The industrial partners of the project include ATOS (Spain) and the SMEs Evidence (Italy) and Active Technologies (Italy). The project partners are supported by an industrial advisory board, which includes well-known multi-national companies including Airbus, IBM, and Honeywell.

Besides overall coordination and technical management, CISTER/INESC-TEC is also deeply involved in the parallelism to real-time activity, leading in particular the Timing and Schedulability analysis work package.

More information at: http://www.p-socrates.eu

Program Co-Chair of WFCS2014

CISTER/INESC-TEC researcher Eduardo Tovar was program co-chair of the 10th IEEE Workshop on Factory Communication Systems (WFCS) held on May 5-7 in Toulouse, France. The WFCS workshop is the largest IEEE technical event specially dedicated to industrial communication systems, which aims to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners and developers to review current trends in this area and to present and discuss new ideas and new research directions.

The 2014 program included two interesting keynotes, one on on-board networks in space systems by Olivier Notebaert, Airbus Defence and Space, France, and another one on the history of industrial communication systems over the last two decades (from Fieldbus to Automation cloud) by Peter Neumann, IFAK Magdeburg, Germany.

CISTER/INESC-TEC was the organizer of the 2000 edition in Porto (http://www.hurray.isep.ipp.pt/wfcs2000/)

More information at: http://www.irit.fr/wfcs2014/


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