Time, Energy and Security Analysis for Multi-/Many-Core heterogeneous Platforms (TeamPlay)

Fact Sheet

NameTime, Energy and Security Analysis for Multi-/Many-Core heterogeneous Platforms
Role of TUHHWork Package Leader
Start Date01/01/2018
End Date30/06/2021
Funds DonorEuropean Commission (Horizon 2020)


The TeamPlay project aims to develop new, formally-motivated, techniques that will allow execution time, energy usage, security, and other important non-functional properties of parallel software to be treated effectively, and as first-class citizens. We will build this into a toolbox for developing highly parallel software for low-energy systems, as required by the internet of things, cyber-physical systems etc. The TeamPlay approach will allow programs to reflect directly on their own time, energy consumption, security, etc., as well as enabling the developer to reason about both the functional and the non-functional properties of their software at the source code level.

Our success will ensure significant progress on a pressing problem of major industrial importance: how to effectively manage energy consumption for parallel systems while maintaining the right balance with other important software metrics, including time, security etc. The project brings together leading industrial and academic experts in parallelism, energy modeling/transparency, worst-case execution time analysis, non-functional property analysis, compilation, security, and task coordination. Results will be evaluated using industrial use cases taken from the computer vision, satellites, flying drones, medical and cybersecurity domains.

TeamPlay Publications of the Embedded Systems Design Group

Title: Code-Inherent Traffic Shaping for Hard Real-Time Systems. <em>In Proceedings of the International Conference on Embedded Software (EMSOFT)</em>
Written by: Dominic Oehlert, Semla Saidi and Heiko Falk
in: October (2019).
Volume: Number:
on pages:
Series: 20191016-emsoft-oehlert.pdf
Address: Ney York City / USA
ISBN: 10.1145/3358215
how published: 19-65 OSF19 EMSOFT

Note: doehlert, ssaidi, hfalk, ESD, WCC, teamplay

Abstract: Modern hard real-time systems evolved from isolated single-core architectures to complex multi-core architectures which are often connected in a distributed manner. With the increasing influence of interconnections in hard real-time systems, the access behavior to shared resources of single tasks or cores becomes a crucial factor for the system's overall worst-case timing properties. Traffic shaping is a powerful technique to decrease contention in a network and deliver guarantees on network streams. In this paper we present a novel approach to automatically integrate a traffic shaping behavior into the code of a program for different traffic shaping profiles while being as least invasive as possible. As this approach is solely depending on modifying programs on a code-level, it does not rely on any additional hardware or operating system-based functions. We show how different traffic shaping profiles can be implemented into programs using a greedy heuristic and an evolutionary algorithm, as well as their influences on the modified programs. It is demonstrated that the presented approaches can be used to decrease worst-case execution times in multi-core systems and lower buffer requirements in distributed systems.