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FP7 MOSART

MOSART

Project ID: 215244
Funded under

Mapping Optimisation for Scalable multi-core ARchiTecture

From 2008-01-01 to 2010-12-31, closed project

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 4 462 899

EU contribution:

EUR 3 100 000

Coordinated in:

France

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2007-1See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

Key Innovation

The widening gap between performance requirements of applications and their related power consumption and what is afforded by technology scaling and architectural techniques clearly focuses the multiprocessor  architectures as the today and future solution for computing and embedded systems. The present day wireless,  multimedia and networking standards requires already several processors in a chip. The challenge going forward is to be able to sustain several applications such agile spectrum radios, future internet connectivity, 3D media and trusted computing, … that are at least several order of magnitude more demanding than the existing standards.
Also memory impacts the cost, power and performance of heterogeneous multi-processor architectures. The need for large amount of storage and a high bandwidth access to it comes from two ends. The primary need comes from the applications becoming more multi-functions and data intensive (high resolution, higher bandwidth communication etc.). The secondary need comes from the requirement to hide the latency of accessing slower off chip memory.
As such MOSART addresses novel architectures for multi-core computing systems in embedded systems, the project defines and develops the Software/Hardware design environment encompassing a flexible, modular, multi-core, on-chip platform, and associated exploration methods and tools, to allow the scaling and optimisation of various applications in multimedia and wireless communication.

Technical approach

MOSART addresses two main challenges of the prevailing multiprocessing architectures: the global interconnect and memory bottleneck due to a single, globally shared memory with high access times and power consumption; and the difficulties in programming heterogeneous, Multi-core platforms, in particular, in many cores and in dynamically managing data structures in distributed memory.
MOSART aims to overcome these challenges through a multi-core architecture with distributed memory organization, a network-on-chip (NoC) communication backbone, and configurable processing cores that are scaled, optimized, and customized to achieve diverse energy, performance, cost, and size requirements of different classes of applications.
MOSART achieves this by providing platform support for managing abstract data structures, including middleware services and a runtime data manager for NoC-based communication infrastructure; and developing tool support for parallelizing and mapping applications on the multi-core target platform and customizing the processing cores for the application.

Objective

The mission of MOSART project is to define and develop an efficient SW/HW design environment encompassing a flexible, modular, multi-core, on-chip platform, and associated exploration methods and tools, to allow the scaling and optimisation of various applications in multimedia and wireless communication.
The project will address two main challenges of prevailing architectures: 1) The global interconnect and memory bottleneck due to a single, globally shared memory with high access times and power consumption; 2) The difficulties in programming heterogeneous, multi-core platforms, in particular in dynamically managing data structures in distributed memory.
MOSART aims to overcome these through a multi-core architecture with distributed memory organisation, a Network-on-Chip (NoC) communication backbone and configurable processing cores that are scaled, optimised and customised together to achieve diverse energy, performance, cost and size requirements of different classes of applications. MOSART achieves this by:
A) Providing platform support for management of abstract data structures including middleware services and a run-time data manager for NoC based communication infrastructure;
B) Developing tool support for parallelizing and mapping applications on the multi-core target platform and customizing the processing cores for the application.
The aim is to maintain Europe as a worldwide player in the field of efficient implementation of MPSoC architectures. These ambitious goals are achievable because we bring advanced tools and platforms, i.e. a NoC platform and design space exploration tools from KTH, data management tools from DUT, middleware for NoC services from ART, parallelizing and mapping tools from IMEC, processor configuration tools from VTT. SMEs ART and COW contribute to tools, and two systems companies TCF and ICOM bring applications from future high data rate wireless access.

Coordinator

THALES COMMUNICATIONS & SECURITY SAS
France

EU contribution: EUR 699 922


AVENUE DES LOUVRESSES 4
92230 GENNEVILLIERS
France
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Gwenael GUILMIN
Tel.: +33(0)1 46 132 835
Fax: +33(0)1 46 133 280

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Participants

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 372 325


KAPELDREEF 75
3001 LEUVEN
Belgium
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Christine Van Houtven
Tel.: +32-16-281613
Fax: +32-16-281613

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SNPS BELGIUM NV
Belgium

EU contribution: EUR 91 790


INTERLEUVENLAAN
3001 LEUVEN
Belgium
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: N/A N/A
Tel.: +00 0 000000

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LT DESIGN SOFTWARE GMBH
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 280 659


STEFAN-GEORGE-RING 29
81929 MUENCHEN
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Andreas Hoffmann
Tel.: 49241943788110
Fax: 49 241 9631519

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TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland

EU contribution: EUR 362 547


TEKNIIKANTIE 4 A
02044 VTT ESPOO
Finland
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Eija Hyvönen
Tel.: +358 20 7222404
Fax: +358 20 7222320

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ARTERIS SA
France

EU contribution: EUR 184 555


IMMEUBLE MERCURE 6 PARC ARIANE BOULEVARD DES CHENES
78284 GUYANCOURT
France
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Philippe di Crescenzo
Tel.: +33161373858
Fax: +33161373841

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DEMOCRITUS UNIVERSITY OF THRACE
Participation ended
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 0


PANEPISTIMIOUPOLI RECTORATE BUILDING
69100 KOMOTINI
Greece
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Helen Kiosse
Tel.: +302541079451
Fax: +302541079454

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INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 388 448


Patission Str. 42
10682 ATHINA
Greece
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Spyridon Tzafestas
Tel.: +302107721527
Fax: +302107722490

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INTRACOM SA TELECOM SOLUTIONS
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 269 750


NEW ROAD PEANIA MARKOPOULO 19 7KM
19002 PEANIA
Greece
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Pantelis Kyriakakis
Tel.: +30-210-6674135
Fax: +30-210-6679091

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KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden

EU contribution: EUR 450 004


BRINELLVAGEN 8
100 44 STOCKHOLM
Sweden
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Thomas Sjöland
Tel.: +46 8 790 4113
Fax: +46-8-7511793

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