3 years (2016-2019)
€ 6.283.895,00 funding
VINEYARD developed an integrated platform for energy-efficient data centres based on new servers with novel, coarse-grain and fine-grain, programmable hardware accelerators.
It, also, built a high-level programming framework for allowing end-users to seamlessly utilize these accelerators in heterogeneous computing systems by using typical data-centre programming frameworks (e.g. MapReduce, Storm, Spark, etc.).
VINEYARD developed two types of energy-efficient servers integrating two novel hardware accelerator types: coarse-grain programmable dataflow engines and fine-grain all-programmable FPGAs that accommodate multiple ARM cores. The former will be suitable for data centre applications that can be represented in dataflow graphs while the latter will be used for accelerating applications that need tight communication between the processor and the hardware accelerators. Both types of programmable accelerators will be customized based on application requirements, resulting in higher performance and significantly reduced energy budgets.
VINEYARD additionally developed a new programming framework and the required system software to hide the programming complexity of the resulting heterogeneous system based on the hardware accelerators. This programming framework also allows the hardware accelerators to be swapped in and out of the heterogeneous infrastructure so as to offer efficient energy use.
VINEYARD will fostered the expansion of the soft-IP cores industry, currently limited in the embedded systems, to in data centre market. The VINEYARD consortium has strong industrial foundations, and covers the whole value chain in the datacentre ecosystem; from the data-centre vendors up to the data-centre application programmers. VINEYARD demonstrated the advantages of its approach in three real use-cases a) a bioinformatics application for high-accuracy brain modelling, b) two critical financial applications and c) a big-data analysis application.
What we did
In the VINEYARD project LOBA was the consortium partner in charge of leading the project's communication, dissemination and exploitation of results.
The goal of was to make the project visible for a wide audience and disseminate the results to relevant groups. This was accomplished in two ways, dissemination of scientific results achieved in the project and general
communication about the project as a whole, the problems we are dealing with and our general objectives.
The primary objectives and tasks that LOBA led were to:
• Disseminate the VINEYARD concept, developments and findings to all key actors in the field, and integrate their feedback to the specification, design, development and evaluation work.
• Develop a project dissemination and communication strategy.
• Execute a concrete set of activities to ensure the success of the communication strategy.
• Develop and maintain a Data Management Plan, describing generated/gathered data and how to access it
• Organize and / or publish results in international journals, conferences, and workshops to inform the scientific community about VINEYARD, its goals, activities and results and to gather valuable information on related issues.
• Organize a contest around the use of the VINEYARD framework that will help to further encourage the use of the VINEYARD framework
• Issue exploitation plans for key project results and oversee IPR management within the project and beyond.
• To monitor and contribute to standardization activities related to application centric networking.
Finally, LOBA managed the reporting of communication and dissemination activities to the European Commission and project partners, including deliverables, project meetings, mid-term and annual reports.