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Politecnico di Torino (POLITO), with over 27,000 students, is the second largest technical university in Italy. The workforce dedicated to research and teaching includes around 900 Professors, 700 PhD Students and 300 Research Assistants, covering all major areas of the engineering and architecture disciplines.

POLITO participates to the COMPLEX project through the EDA (Electronic Design Automation) group and the Microelectronics Group, which belong to the Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica and the Dipartimento di Elettronica, respectively. The group consists of 4 Full Professors, 4 Associate Professors, 3 Assistant Professors, 4 Post-Doc Researchers, 6 PhD Students and 14 Research Assistants.

The research activities of the EDA group are focused on the development of methodologies, algorithms and tools for the computer-aided design of power-efficient integrated circuits and systems. More specifically, research topics which are currently under investigation include: Leakage-aware design techniques, power and timing optimization under thermal and process variation constraints, power-driven clock-tree synthesis, RTL power estimation and management, low-power memory and bus interface synthesis, synthesis for DFM and design technologies for low-power crypto-processors.

The EDA group has successfully participated to several EU-funded projects in the domain of microelectronics design, such as PEOPLE (FP4), POET, EASY, MARLOW and INTRALED (FP5), CLEAN and MAP2 (FP7). Currently, the EDA Group is involved in the ENIAC SP7 MODERN project, whose main goal is that of developing methods and prototype EDA tools for controlling the effects of process variation in nanometer CMOS circuits (45nm and below).

The Microelectronics group has extensive experience in the area of system-level function-architecture codesign, based on high-level models and the notion of mapping to an architectural platform. It has defined the architecture and driven the implementation of the POLIS project, a collaboration between U.C. Berkeley, Cadence Design Systems, Magneti Marelli and Politecnico di Torino, which developed a complete hardware/software codesign environment for control-dominated embedded systems. Between 1997 and 2000 the group participated in the ESPRIT 25443 COSY project, developing a methodology for software synthesis and performance analysis for embedded systems. Currently, they are partners of the OSMOSIS Capacities project, with the goal of developing an open-source hardware/software co-design framework, and of the MODERN FP7 project, with the goal of providing a low-EMI, variation-robust digital design flow.

More in general, both groups entertain R&D co-operations with several companies of the micro and business domain, including Freescale, HP, Intracom, Infineon Technologies, Intel, NXP, Philips, Pirelli, Cadence, Texas Instruments and STMicroelectronics.

Within the COMPLEX project, POLITO will contribute to two main results:

The EDA group will provide the exploration framework with models of various metrics (power, performance, area, aging) of the memory blocks instantiated in the memory hierarchy of the target systems. The EDA Group will spend most of its effort in WP3, with some involvement related to training and dissemination in WP5.

The Microelectronics group will provide the design capture and application code generation framework for the Wireless Sensor network application domain, and will customize it for the chosen target platform for WSNs. It will also contribute to the development of the platform models in SystemC for the WSN domain. Most of the effort will be in WP1.

Last Updated ( Monday, 07 June 2010 08:36 )  

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