Towards Next Generation Embedded Systems: Utilizing Parallelism and Reconfigurability
|Coordinator||Högskolan i Halmstad|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 5 721 732|
|Project duration||December 2015 - August 2019|
Purpose and goal
Purpose and goal with participation in the project are fulfilled from the perspective of both the academic and industrial partners to a major extent. The focus turned out to be on academic research initially, but later on we have made significant progress towards realizing it in industrial case studies. This outcome is reasonable taking into account the emphasis on the participating universities (Amrita & Halmstad). This also resulted in more focus towards algorithmic optimizations and development methods and less focus on implementation aspects such as programmability and power.
Expected results and effects
NGES project has resulted in a new flexible FPGA & ARM based platform. As this is fitted with a lot of standard interface (Ethernet, HDMI in/out etc) and the possibility to connect external signals (analogue and digital) through FMC (Vita-57.1) it may be used in a wide variety of applications. It also has relatively good price/performance. The developed methods in the project for realizing complex dataflow applications on embedded heterogeneous hardware will pave the way for future growth of embedded systems.
Planned approach and implementation
The project envisaged to design the methods, tools and architectural solutions for heterogenous embedded platforms. Given this enormous task, we were able to achieve some success in designing the tools and methods. However, the finalization of the platform for demonstrating industrial case studies faced difficulties which led to unforeseen delays in the availability of the platform for the said implementations. With the help of intensive involvement of key members from all he partners, we were able to complete the demonstrations to a satisfactory level.