The mapping process of high performance embedded applications to todays multiprocessor system on chip devices suffers from a complex toolchain and programming process. The problem here is the expression of parallelism with a pure imperative programming language which is commonly C. This traditional approach limits the mapping, partitioning and the generation of optimized parallel code, and consequently the achievable performance and power consumption of applications from different domains. The Architecture oriented paraLlelization for high performance embedded Multicore systems using scilAb (ALMA) project aims to bridge these hurdles through the introduction and exploitation of a Scilab-based toolchain which enables the efficient mapping of applications on multiprocessor platforms from high level of abstraction. This holistic solution of the toolchain allows the complexity of both the application and the architecture to be hidden, which leads to a better acceptance, reduced development cost and shorter time-to-market. Driven by the technology restrictions in chip design, the end of Moores law and an unavoidable increasing request of computing performance, ALMA is a fundamental step forward in the necessary introduction of novel computing paradigms and methodologies.
ALMA helps to strengthen the position of the EU in the world market of multiprocessor targeted software toolchains. The challenging research will be achieved by the unique ALMA consortium which brings together industry and academia. High class partners from industry such as Recore and Intracom, will contribute their expertise in reconfigurable hardware technology for multi-core systems-on-chip, software development tools and real world applications. The academic partners will contribute their outstanding expertise in reconfigurable computing and compilation tools development.
Start Date: 2011-09-01 End Date: 2014-08-31 EU Contribution: 3 200 000 Euro Total Costs: 4 433 003 Euro Contract Type: Collaborative project (generic) Programme Acronym: FP7-ICT Subprogramme Area: ICT-2011.3.4 Computing Systems Administrative Contact Person: Jens BECKER (Mr)
RECORE SYSTEMS B.V. – Netherlands
UNIVERSITY OF PELOPONNESE – Greece
INTRACOM SA TELECOM SOLUTIONS – Greece
TECHNOLOGIKO EKPAIDEFTIKO IDRYMA MESOLOGGIOU (TECHNOLOGICAL EDUCATION INSTITUTE OF MESSOLONGI) – Greece
UNIVERSITE DE RENNES I – France
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V – Germany