CISTER QuickNews - 22 Dec 2010

CISTER Quicknews

22, Dec, 2010


 CISTER QuickNews


Welcome to the December 22, 2010 edition of CISTER QuickNews, which is returning in a monthly basis following a brief pause.  

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 month to a selected audience.

For more information, contact us at cister-info@isep.ipp.pt, or visit www.cister.isep.ipp.pt.

Quick look


   1. ECRTS 2011 to be the biggest real-time systems conference in Europe ever

   2. The new PT state-of-the-art data centre will include CISTER know-how

   3. The largest WSN test-bed in Europe was put together in ISEP

   4. Encouraging news for energy-efficiency in buildings

   5. CISTER participates in top-level PhD advisory and assessment committees

   6. Whishes of a happy season!





ECRTS 2011 to be the biggest real-time systems conference in Europe ever


As the preparation for the 23rd Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems (ECRTS) is underway, the event is set to be the biggest real-time systems conference in Europe ever. With a clear target to reach, for the first time, the mark of 200 participants, this focused and highly reputed conference will break all records both in terms of participants and of impact. To be held in conjunction with the conference, five satellite workshops are already planned, encompassing issues from theoretical open challenges to current embedded and real-time platforms and networks, and from analysis to tools.  


The conference has also the honor to have two distinguished world-wide researchers as Keynote Speakers: Prof. Hermann Kopetz and Prof. Mateo Valero.


Prof. Hermann Kopetz is a Professor of Real-Time Systems at the Vienna University of Technology since 1982. He has published a widely used textbook on Real-Time Systems, more than 150 papers and 20 patents on the topic of dependable embedded systems. He is the chief architect and long time proponent of the time-triggered architecture. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a full member of the Austrian Academy of Science, received the IEEE Computer Society 2003 Technical Achievement Award in 2003 and the honorary degree of Dr. honoris causa from the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France in 2007.


Prof. Mateo Valero is a professor in the Computer Architecture Department at UPC, in Barcelona. He has published approximately 500 papers, has served in the organization of more than 200 International Conferences and he has given more than 300 invited talks. He is the director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, the National Centre of Supercomputing in Spain. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the ACM and an Intel Distinguished Research Fellow. He received the Eckert-Mauchly and Harry Goode Awards and has been named Honorary Doctor by several universities, including the University of Chalmers and the University of Belgrade. He is "Hall of the Fame" member of the IST European Program (selected as one of the 25 most influents European researchers in IT during the period 1983-2008. Lyon, November 2008).


ECRTS was already held in Porto in 2003 and provided a major boost for the international reputation and visibility of CISTER. This 2011 event will be the first time that ECRTS returns to a previously-held location, and thus it will be a major opportunity for CISTERand ISEP to demonstrate the position of a major player and within the core of the world wide real-time and embedded systems community. CISTER has high expectations that it will be able to host the visitors in facilities and conditions compatible with this international reputation.


More info at http://www.cister.isep.ipp.pt/ecrts11/.




The new PT state-of-the-art data centre will include CISTER know-how


Portugal Telecom is planning a new, very large, and state-of-the-art Data Centre (12000 m2, 2000 racks, up to 32 000 servers) to begin operation in the end of 2011 / beginning of 2012. In order to tackle the increasing demands of energy savings, this new data centre must incorporate state-of-the-art techniques and technologies to enable a PUE of around 1.20. PUE stands for Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), which is defined as PUE = Total datacentre power / IT power. This is extremely challenging as compared to current state-of-the-art data centres.


The SENODs project will use CISTER know-how and developed technologies that offer integrated solutions to address both the cyber and physical challenges posed by the large-scale energy consumption, cooling, and operational needs of the data centre. The requirements of the foreseen solution were put forward in a series of meetings taking place during November and December, first at PT’s headquarters in Lisbon and then through several remote teleconferences. The initial work of the project will address both the communication system for densely monitoring the data centre and the software middleware and tool for environmental monitoring and control.  


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 started 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.


More info coming soon at www.cister.isep.ipp.pt.




The largest WSN test-bed in Europe was put together in ISEP


Last December 7, CISTER hosted the second review meeting of the EMMON European Project. Within this review meeting, the EMMON consortium presented a live demonstration of the integrated system prototype, a monitoring application encompassing all system components, ranging from hardware, communication architecture, middleware and command and control GUI.


ISEP hosted the project's communication test lab, and the integrated Demonstrator of the EMMON architecture (coined "DEMMON"), in recognition of CISTER’s international visibility on real-time embedded systems and wireless sensor networks technologies, and on the role CISTER has on the project, leading the “Research on Protocols & Communication Systems” workpackage. In the demonstrator, over 300 wireless sensor nodes (TelosB) and other devices intercommunicate and cooperate to achieve a common objective: changing our perception of physical phenomena by leveraging the measurement scale and density. This is the largest WSN test-bed in Europe so far, which is per se a major highlight.


EMMON is a European project funded by the ARTEMIS program that aims at large-scale and dense embedded monitoring using wireless sensor networks. The EMMON architecture will enable to monitor different physical properties (e.g. temperature, humidity, pressure) of specific geographical areas at unprecedented scale and density, through the use of tiny low-cost low-power sensor nodes. In order to address scenarios such as real-time pollution/noise maps of a city, or critical infrastructures monitoring (such as bridges, tunnels or the power grid), EMMON adopts a hierarchical network architecture based on several cutting-edge and worldwide used technologies and methods developed at CISTER. This guarantees that scalability and quality-of-service requirements are met.


More details on the EMMON project can be found at http://www.artemis-emmon.eu.




Encouraging news for energy-efficiency in buildings


After some weeks of negotiation between the partners and the Artemis initiative, the new European Project ENCOURAGE (Embedded iNtelligent COntrols for bUildings with Renewable generAtion and storaGE) was accepted within call 2010 of Artemis, and is expected to start within the first quarter of 2011.


The ARTEMIS Embedded Computing Systems Initiative, jointly funded by the Member States and the European Commission, aims to tackle the research and structural challenges faced by European industry by defining and implementing a coherent Research Agenda for Embedded Computing Systems. The ARTEMIS JU will be managing and co-ordinating research activities through open calls for proposals through a 10-year, €2.5 billion research programme on Embedded Computing Systems. 


This project results through the merge of the ENCOURAGE and E2D (Energy Efficient District Cloud, where CISTER participated) proposals, both dealing with ICT support to energy-efficient buildings.  The new consortium is led by Intel Labs Europe (Ireland), and includes other companies such as ENEL (Italy), EnergiNord (Denmark), ISA - Intelligent Sensing Anywhere (Portugal), and research organizations such as the University of Alborg (Denmark), University College Dublin (Ireland), and Atos Research (Spain).


The ENCOURAGE project aims to develop embedded intelligence and integration technologies that will directly optimize energy use in buildings and enable active participation in the future smart grid environment. The desired energy savings will be achieved in three complementary ways: (i) by developing supervisory control strategies that will be able to coordinate larger subsystems (HVAC, lighting, renewable energy generation, thermal storage, etc); (ii) through an intelligent gateway with embedded logic supporting inter-building energy brokerage; and (iii) by developing novel virtual sensing technologies and event-based middleware applications that will support advanced monitoring and diagnostics concepts.


CISTER participation will be mostly in the sensing technologies and event-based middleware, and corresponds to a budget of approximately 260 K€. It is noteworthy that CISTER participates in 2 of the 10 accepted proposals (out of 72) in the 2010 Artemis call, with a 75% share of the Portuguese budget available for the call.


More info coming soon at www.cister.isep.ipp.pt.




CISTER participates in top-level PhD advisory and assessment committees


CISTER Researcher Eduardo Tovar was the opponent of a Ph.D. thesis defended at the Halmstad University, in Sweden, last December 13. The thesis, “Architectures and protocols for performance improvements of real-time networks”, was defended by Kristina Kunert to a panel also including Dr. Mikael Gidlund (ABB), Prof. Anna Brunström (Karlstad University) and Prof. Petru Eles (Linköpings University).


The PhD thesis was developed in the Halmstad University’s Centre for Research on Embedded Systems, a unit focusing in research on Cooperating Embedded Systems. In particular, and in cooperation with relevant industry, the Centre tackles the new opportunities offered by intelligent and massive cooperation between and within embedded systems.


Eduardo Tovar also participated in a panel of worldwide renowned researchers in the area of sensor networks, in the SenSys 2010 Doctoral Colloquium, which took place in November 2, 2010, at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. The purpose of the doctoral colloquium was to provide an informal forum for eight PhD students from institutions all around the globe to present their research-in-progress in an open discussion, guided by a panel of experienced researchers and practitioners.


The doctoral colloquium was a one-day, seminar-style event, consisting of short presentations followed by roundtable discussion. Time was allotted to each student not only for the presentation, but also for careful, in-depth consideration and discussion amongst the panelists and participants. In order to provide such individual attention, the number of accepted participants was highly limited.


The colloquium was held in conjunction with the 8th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys 2010), a highly selective forum (17% acceptance rate) for the presentation of research results on systems issues in the area of embedded, networked sensors.


More details at the Halmstad University and SenSys 2010 DC.  




Whishes of a happy season!







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