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Design Continuum for Next Generation Energy‐Efficient Compute Nodes

CONTINUUM is a project addressing the design of next generation energy-efficient high-performance embedded compute nodes. It focuses at the same time on software, architecture and emerging memory and communication technologies in order to synergistically exploit their corresponding feautures.
The project consortium comprises:


  1. March 29/30, 2017: F2F meeting in Montpellier (LIRMM)

  2. Sep. 19/20, 2016: F2F meeting in Montpellier (Cortus)

  3. March 29/30, 2016: F2F meeting in Rennes (Inria)


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Cortus is a privately-owned, venture-backed, company based in the South of France – Montpellier which provides processor and ancillary intellectual property (IP) to customers who are typically fabless semiconductor manufacturers. Cortus has developed a new modern RISC architecture aimed at embedded designs using C/C++ software. The current product offering of two families of processor cores spans a range of 32-embedded requirements. The cores are very silicon efficient and consume very little power. Up to 2014, over forty companies have licensed Cortus IP and more than 700 million products containing Cortus processors have been shipped. Cortus has the unique combination of expertise in compiler development, processor architecture and implementation, RTOS development and multicore hardware design which provides the competitive differentiation in its products.

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Inria is a French public research body fully dedicated to computational science. Its missions are to produce outstanding research in the computing and mathematical fields of digital sciences and to ensure its impact on the economy and society through technology transfer and innovation. Contributions to CONTINUUM project will come through the ALF Project Team of the Inria Rennes Bretagne Atlantique Research Center. The ALF group focuses on computer architecture, software/compiler optimisation, and real-time systems. ALF has a proven track-record in compiler and architecture research. Participation in the CONTINUUM project is based on past experience in static and just-in-time compilation, and virtualisation. ALF also has significant experience in light-weight performance monitoring and development of related tools.

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The Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics, and Microelectronics (LIRMM in French) is a cross-faculty research entity of the University of Montpellier and CNRS. The research activities concern modeling and designing hardware and software systems (e.g. robots and integrated circuits), as well as algorithmics, bioinformatics, etc. Leveraging this diversity, LIRMM reinforces its originality by combining theory, tools, experiments and applications in its expertise areas, favoring the emergence of interdisciplinary projects. Contributions to CONTINUUM will come through the ADAC group of the Microelectronics department, which addresses computer architecture / computer sciences, digital hardware and emerging technologies. with its laboratory and in contact with other laboratories and scientific fields (such as mathematics, life sciences, health and neuroscience).

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