Having progressed beyond Requirements Definition, the ParaDIME Team solicited initial industry feedback by having members of our Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) attend our Technical Meeting held from 5 – 6 September 2013 in Leuven, Belgium. The meeting participants included 20-plus Principle Investigators, Post-docs and students. During this 2-day event, Ian Phillips (ARM), Ibrahim Hur (Intel) and Tim Harris (Oracle) not only provided feedback on the technical design but also on the procedures to further the research and development progress of ParaDIME. The meeting resulted in a lively discussion and excellent take away points.
ParaDIME coordinator BSC is one of ten partners participating in the new coordination action entitled "ICT-Energy" that had the "kick-off" meeting on 23 October in Heidelberg, Germany.
The meeting was hosted by Prof. Vincent Heuveline and his group. All the 10 partners were present in the kick-off of this EC funded project. Most of the partners were involved either with the existing “Toward Zero-Power ICT” community organized within the ZEROPOWER C.A. or the novel FET-proactive program “MINECC” (Minimising energy consumption of computing to the limit).
The ten partners are:
1 (Coordinator) NiPS Laboratory, Università di Perugia
2 Roskilde University
3 University Heidelberg
4 Barcelona Supercomputing Center
5 Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
6 Aalborg University - Denmark
7 Hitachi Europe Limited
8 University of Bristol
9 University of Glasgow
10 University College Cork, National University of Ireland
ParaDIME's Anita Sobe presented initial ideas for publication at the prestigious TRANSACT Workshop held in conjunction with ASPLOS.
ParaDIME Team member Anita Sobe and colleagues were invited to present their paper, Biologically Sound Neural Networks for Embedded Systems Using OpenCL, at the International Conference on NETworked sYStems (NETYS 2013) in Marrakech, Morocco. See Anita's guest post on the netwerkt blog for a concise description of her presentation in addition to a concise overview of the computing problems that neural networks pose.
The ParaDIME Team held a series of project meetings 13 - 15 February, hosted by the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland. The meetings opened with a focus on project technical progress with an eye toward realizing the deliverables for the first 6-months of the project. The outcome of the meeting was a close collaboration on the target success criteria for the project and initial requirements for the ParaDIME Stack.
photo by: Etienne Riviere (UNINE)
AoTerra GmbH is a startup company that is developing energy-efficient microclouds with efficient heat recovery with a unique business model that promises "the more energy-efficient the cloud, the more cost-effective its cloud offering."
AoTerra was selected as a finalist (1st runner up) for the 2012-2013 German Innovative Business Prize from a pool of 275 companies on the basis of its scientific, technical and entrepreneurial innovations. See the press release for more information.
The systems engineering group of TU Dresden is looking for talented and motivated Post Docs in one or more of the following research areas: (a) resilient and secure computing, (b) cloud computing, and (c) energy-efficient computing. TU Dresden one of the top universities in Germany and Dresden is one of Germany's most beautiful cities.
For information, contact Christof Fetzer, email@example.com.
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3-year Post Doc position on minimization of energy to the limit within the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (CAPP Group)
The CAPP group (Computer Architecture for Parallel Paradigms) at the BSC-CNS is in charge of investigatinga top down design, starting from the software needs and ending at microarchitecture. Interested candidates contact: Adrian Cristal (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Osman Unsal (email@example.com).
Research Topic: The increasing power and energy consumption of modern computing devices is perhaps the largest threat to technology minimization and associated gains in performance and productivity. On the one hand, we expect technology scaling to face the problem of “dark silicon” (only segments of a chip can function concurrently due to power restrictions) in the near future and lead us to use devices with completely new characteristics. On the other hand, as core counts increase, the shared memory model based on cache coherence will severely limit scalability and increase energy consumption. Therefore, to overcome these problems, we need new computing paradigms that are radically more energy efficient. The objective of ParaDIME is to attack the power-wall problem by radical software-hardware techniques that are driven by future circuit and device characteristics on one side, and by a programming model based on message passing on the other side. ParaDIME is a FET Proactive FP7 project. The consortium is composed of BSC, University of Neuchatel, Technical University of Dresden, IMEC and AOTerra. The consortium includes experts from circuit and devices, computer architecture, runtime and programming models.
Candidate and Position: We have an immediate opening for a post-doc position. The successful candidate will conduct research, supervise students, and prepare and direct grants. A mixed Computer Architecture / circuit and devices background is preferred; although candidates in either computer architecture or circuits and devices are also encouraged to apply. The salary is competitive with the opportunity to work with researchers at Barcelona Supercomputing Center and with other researchers in the consortium.In addition, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to co-advise PhD students in the group. Initiative, motivation and commitment are expected. Possibilities to extend the duration of the position, to join new projects within the CAPP group or at BSC are possible, depending on performance.
The CAPP Group at the BSC-CNS: The CAPP Group has deep experience in industrial projects, moreover the group is participating in projects with Microsoft and Intel. In the past the group was coordinating the VELOX FP7 project on Transactional Memory, and currently the group in coordinating the ParaDIME Project and is a partner in AXLE FP7 project.