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Parallel & Heterogeneous Architecture for Real-time ApplicatiONs (PHARAON)
Start date: Sep 1, 2011, End date: Aug 31, 2014 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Description New tools to reduce design cost of embedded systemsThe latest and greatest embedded systems integrate a wide range of very complex functionalities. A smart phone, for example, is capable to communicate through 3G and WIFI connections. It integrates phone services with high performance graphics and sophisticated software applications such as real-time video and audio. To support this application load, new devices make use of recent parallel architectures capable to deliver enough processing power. But these changes have two negative effects. First, the development of parallel software, capable of exploiting multiple processor cores, is much more complex and therefore more expensive than traditional sequential software, which increases the product cost. Second, the increased quality of service requires more energy and hence is associated with a reduction of autonomy. The newest smart phones can run for at most about three days in standby mode while former simple phones did not need a recharge for an entire week. The PHARAON project will develop new techniques and tools that will offer the possibility to reduce the software development cost (25% targeted in the project) and increase the autonomy of embedded systems by nearly 20%.For the academic partners the project will further strengthen their leading scientific position. For Thales, the main output of the project is the parallelisation of a waveform that will enable the development of new and highly competitive communication devices for e.g. government forces communications. Efficient interconnection of the different forces means more effectiveness in anti drugs, anti terrorism, police border patrol, and fire-fighters organisation. Also for Tedesys a competitive advantage will be provided by the project, as its main output is the implementation of algorithms on an embedded platform while they usually target PC. Thus Tedesys can address new markets and increase their revenues. Vector Fabrics tools will substantially boost their application performance and power modelling capabilities, crucial for optimal parallelization decisions. Subsequently, such intelligent yet affordable tools will empower European SMEs and multinational companies to quickly architect competitive multicore systems, while dramatically reducing Non-Recurring Engineering costs. All PHARAON demonstrators target the improvement of European citizens security and safety, should it be direct (collision avoidance) or indirect (citizens protection)
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