November 7, 2017
UTRC Ireland successfully completes EMC2 project, develops unique modeling capability

CORK, Ireland -- A UTRC Ireland team led by Stylianos Basagiannis has successfully completed the final report out on its research and development project on behalf of the European Commission’s ARTEMIS EMC2 program.

United Technologies Research Centre Ireland, Ltd. (UTRC Ireland) is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (UTC).

Initiated in mid-2014, "Embedded Multi-Core Systems for Mixed Criticality Applications in Dynamic and Changeable Real-time Environments (EMC2)" brought together more than 100 industry and research organizations from 19 European countries to develop and demonstrate highly innovative embedded software systems with new and more cost-effective functionalities.

During its three-year lifespan, nearly 800 experts combined their talents to create and test embedded system technologies for application across several market sectors within Europe: automotive, avionics, healthcare, aerospace, factory automation, and the Internet of Things, among others.

The project was conducted under the auspices of the Advanced Research & Technology for Embedded Intelligent Systems (ARTEMIS) -- a private industry association committed to advancing the embedded intelligent systems industry within Europe.

It was structured in 12 work packages (six technology work packages and six living labs) to address a number of issues critical in dynamic and changeable real-time software environments.

These included:
- Dynamic adaptability in open systems
- Use of expensive system features only as service-on-demand in order to reduce overall system cost
- Handling of mixed-criticality applications under real-time conditions
- Scalability and utmost flexibility
- Full-scale deployment and management of integrated tool chains through the entire lifecycle

UTRC Ireland contributed to four of the six work packages, focusing on embedded systems design and architecture; executable application models and design tools (including code generation); system qualification and certification; and industrial manufacturing for heterogeneous architectures that include both multi-core and FPGA resources.

"As a result of our EMC2 efforts, UTRC Ireland has designed, developed and demonstrated a model-based motor-drive use case on a heterogeneous platform where the engineer can automatically safeguard critical motor operations while additional diagnostics are also present," said Basagiannis. "We showcased this new technology during the program’s final review, and it was very well received by project reviewers and the ARTEMIS EMC2 coordinator."

He added, "It's exciting to see how this work is currently being exploited for future UTC aerospace, commercial and engine control products, where mixed-criticality applications in multicore platforms require rigorous model-based development methods to be established."

Learn more about the EMC2 project outcomes.

Contact: Laura Stevens, (860) 610-1653

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