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ADAC Team: ADAptive Computing



ADAptive Computing

The ADAC (ADAptive Computing) team, whose mission is the design of adaptive systems and components capable of self-managing to optimize performance, conducts research on the exploration, simulation, and definition of innovative embedded hardware and software architectures, with a focus on the systems’ on-line adaptation to their environment. These strategies aim to optimize system performance in terms of energy efficiency, compliance with application constraints, safety or reliability. This work is based on integrated parallel (multi-core and multi-processor systems) or distributed (grids, sensor networks) computing and attempts to integrate the use of non-volatile emerging technologies such as magnetic memories (MRAM) with new properties.

Significant resources are committed to the definition of the various facets of adaptive systems such as measurement (sensors), data fusion/integration, online decision-making and actuation (task migration, among others). This work is contextualized in various application domains ranging from IoT to intensive computing and digital security.

Abdoulaye Gamatié, Directeur de recherche, CNRS
Florent Bruguier, Maître de conférences, UM
Caroline Lebrun, Assistant ingénieur, CNRS
Gilles Sassatelli, Directeur de recherche, CNRS
Lionel Torres, Professeur des universités, UM
Pascal Benoit, Maître de conférences, UM
David Novo, Chargé de recherche, CNRS
Michel Robert, Professeur des universités, UM

Associates & Students
Rafael Carrera Rodriguez, UM
Loic France, UM
Guillaume Devic, CNRS
Theo Soriano, UM
Quentin Huppert, UM
Paul Delestrac, UM
Luis Bertran Alvarez, Bull SAS
Mohamed Watfa, UM

Regular Co-workers
Nathalie Brillouet, CDD Ingénieur-Technicien, CNRS
Maxime France Pillois, CDD Chercheur, CNRS

The ADAC group conducts research on 3 main scientific directions, as follows:

Topic 1 : Innovative hardware and software architectures

Energy efficiency has emerged as a prominent concern, driven by a broad range of societal and scientific challenges such as sustainability. The ADAC group focuses on the exploration of hardware, software and high-level resource management solutions for enabling significant advances towards the definition of next-generation compute systems. A specific emphasis on Adaptation is often put on various substrates such as highly constrained devices such as sensor nodes, and heterogeneous or homogeneous multicore / multiprocessor systems across various considerations (monitoring, migration of software objects). Online decision making is often key to achieving significant improvements and is also at the core of the motivations (s.a. modeling, forecasting, decision making). Targeted systems comprise a large set of applications from the Internet of Things to compute clusters, notably with several projects tackling adaptation at a wider than usual scope, encompassing energy transfer and storage across compute nodes, or optimization of resource management in a network of connected devices.

Topic 2 : Technology integration

The ADAC group conducts research in the area of technology hybridization, notably on the exploitation of non-volatile emerging memory technologies. Projects include the use of MRAM memories in various flavours of compute systems ranging from ultra-low energy microcontrollers for IoT to high-performance compute nodes. Contributions include CMOS/MRAM hybrid-cells, compilation/scheduling techniques alongside novel approaches at microarchitecture-level (caches, Normally-off Computing), communication-level (technology-aware NoCs) or technology-level (FPGA, PVT sensing, data-mining and design of compact models for run-time power / energy / temperature estimation).

Topic 3: Security

Research works are also carried out in the area of security at various levels, with a notable emphasis on embedded systems (secure on-chip communications), IoT (blockchains for IoT devices) and industrial networks. A strong expertise of side-channel attacks (SCA) is also at the core of an open platform devoted to research and education (SECNUM) within the scope of the CNFM education network.

Approximating Deep Learning Accelerators

ANR – AAPG2018 – CE23 Données, Connaissances, Big data, Contenus multimédias, Intelligence Artificielle

Sécurité au niveau des micro-architectures
ANR – AAPG2019 – CE39 Sécurité Globale et Cybersécurité
Non Volatile MRAM-based Asynchronous PROCessor
ANR – AAPG2019 – CE24 Micro et nanotechnologies pour le traitement de l’information et la communication.
Repenser la simulation d’architecture des ordinateurs accélérée sur FPGA pour l’exploration de stockage des données
ANR – AAPG2020 – CE25 Réseaux de communication multi-usages, infrastructures de hautes performances, sciences et technologies logicielles
IMEC Contract
Heterogeneous memory systems with emerging  non-volatile technologies
Contrat de pré-maturation IWARE Région Occitanie
Infrastructure logicielle de gestion optimisée pour le cloud computing à énergie positive.
Ioterop Contract

Architecture distribuée de passerelles réseaux interopérables et collaborative

The influence of ADAC team members can be characterized with the following outreach activities over the 2013-2016 period:

Evaluation / Expertise

Membership: ANR Evaluation Committee for Micro and Nanotechnology Challenges

  • Membership: ANR Scientific Committee for Nanoscience and Communication Science
  • Active participation in several prospective workgroups
  • The Croucher Foundation – independent private foundation dedicated to research, Hong-Kong

Public Relations and Scientific Events

  • Organizing the BRAFITEC 2016 (Franco-Brasilian) Colloquium
  • Creating the RECOSOC Workshop RECOSOC, organizing the 2011 et 2014 editions
  • Working Group IFIP 10: Design and Engineering of Electronic Systems
  • Associate Editor : IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems
  • Program Committee Memberships for main Adaptive Computing Conferences
  •  IMEC, Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre, Belgium
  • Brême University, Germany
  • ETH Zurich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Suisse
  • NAU, Northern Arizona University, USAYale University, USA
  • Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais et Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brésil
  • Université de Pittsburg, USA
  • Université d’Oran, Algérie
  • Université d’Aalborg, Danemark

We are always looking for highly qualified and motivated students and researchers. Feel free to apply.