Special Sessions

Negative results matter too!

Session Organizer: Karol Desnos (IETR, France) and Shuvra Bhattacharyya (University of Maryland, USA, and Tampere University of Technology, Finland)

Abstract: Frequently, researchers choose to develop an idea because early or theoretical results seem promising. When scaling up, or when implementing the idea in a realistic scenario, the results are not as good as expected. Unfortunately, publishing such results is very difficult, because the reviewing process generally promotes positive results. The special session is dedicated to the presentation of ideas that lead to negative results. Contributions are expected to present the original idea, to explain why this idea was expected to provide good results, to present how and why it failed, and to discuss the presence (or absence) of solutions to solve encountered issues. The objectives of this special session are threefold:

  • To give credit to the research process that lead to the negative result.
  • To help prevent other researchers from trying to develop this idea. If the idea seemed good at first, other researcher may have it one day. By publishing the idea and its unexpected negative results, you may save some time for other researchers.
  • To promote good ideas behind the negative results. Some ideas producing negative results may need some adapting or fine tuning before they can achieve their potential. A negative results forum provides a way to disseminate these kinds of ideas so they don’t just get buried.

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Security threats caused by novel technologies

Session Organizer: Zakaria Najm (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Martha Johanna Sepulveda Florez (Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany) and Francesco Regazzoni (ALaRI - USI, Lugano, Switzerland)

Abstract: Novel architectures and progresses of technologies open new possibilities. Progresses of fabrication technologies allowed a more aggressive integration and an increase of performance. Novel on chip communication simplified the integration of different component in system-on-chips. The future advent of quantum computer will exponentially improve the computation time of several algorithms. However, as everything, also technological improvements have side effects. This special session will discuss three security threat caused by technological enhancements. An aggressive integration could make it possible the construction of very powerful accelerators dedicated to break cryptography algorithms. Novel on chip communication could open devices to novel and more powerful attacks. Finally, the future advent of quantum computer will make immediately insecure our public key infrastructure.

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European Projects

Session Organizer: Giovanni Agosta (POLIMI, IT)

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The era of Heterogeneous accelerators in the cloud

Session Organizer: Christoforos Kachris (NTUA, GR), Dimitrios Soudris (NTUA, GR), and Catalin Ciobanu (UVA, The Netherlands)

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Virtual Prototyping of Parallel and Embedded Systems

Session Organizer: Michael Huebner (Ruhr-University Bochum , DE) and Diana Goehringer (TU Dresden , DE)

Abstract: Virtual prototyping stands for the development of hardware/software systems without using a real hardware prototype, i.e. no printed circuit board with electronic devices such as processors, field programmable gate arrays, peripherals and other devices is needed. The advantage is the possibility to exchange parts in the system setup with faster turnaround times in comparison to the traditional development process, where a time consuming redesign of the complete board has to be done. Since some years, the community exploiting these novel methods has grown as time to market plays a major role in industry. Additionally, the increasing complexity of embedded systems, which are more and more realized as parallel and distributed cyber-physical systems, forces system architects to perform a time-consuming design space exploration. For academics, virtual prototyping is also a hot topic. Researchers use virtual prototypes to develop future systems and to enable an outlook into the next generation of embedded systems and devices. The wide range of application scenarios for this type of development includes amongst others automotive, avionics, railway, consumer and medicine applications. This special session targets the domain of virtual prototyping focusing the following topics:

  • Virtual prototyping development tools
  • Methods for virtual prototyping of complex systems
  • Application development with virtual platforms
  • Methods for Hardware / Software Codesign with virtual platforms
  • Design space exploration for parallel and distributed multicore and cyber-physical systems
  • Estimation of system characteristics in an early stage of development
  • Functional verification at a high level of abstraction
  • Methods for modeling of IP cores with SystemC
  • Usage of Architecture Description Languages (ADL) for IP-core development

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