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Embedded Multi-Core Systems for Mixed Criticality Applications in Dynamic and Changeable Real-Time Environments

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Background & Policy context

EMC² – ‘Embedded Multi-Core systems for Mixed Criticality applications in dynamic and changeable real-time environments’ is an ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking project in the Innovation Pilot Programme ‘Computing platforms for embedded systems’ (AIPP5).
Embedded systems are the key innovation driver to improve almost all mechatronic products with cheaper and even new functionalities. They support today’s information society as inter-system communication enabler. A major industrial challenge arises from the need to face cost efficient integration of different applications with different levels of safety and security on a single computing platform in an open context.
EMC² finds solutions for dynamic adaptability in open systems, provides handling of mixed criticality applications under real-time conditions, scalability and utmost flexibility, full scale deployment and management of integrated tool chains, through the entire lifecycle.


The objective of the EMC² project is to foster these changes through an innovative and sustainable service-oriented architecture approach for mixed criticality applications in dynamic and changeable real-time environments.
EMC² is part of the European Embedded Systems industry strategy to maintain its leading edge position by providing solutions for:
• Dynamic Adaptability in Open Systems
• Utilization of expensive system features only as Service-on-Demand in order to reduce the overall system cost
• Handling of mixed criticality applications under real-time conditions
• Scalability and utmost flexibility
• Full scale deployment and management of integrated tool chains, through the entire lifecycle
• Power supply challenges from dynamic operational changes in MCMC real time systems
EMC² is an attempt to bundle the power for innovation of 98 partners from embedded industry and research from 19 European countries. The EMC² embedded system approach will force the breakthrough and deployment of Multi-Core technology in almost all application domains where real-time and mixed-criticality are issues, and therefore strengthen the competitiveness of the European Embedded System industry. The project is organized in a structure with horizontal and vertical activities closely linked to each other:
• Horizontal activities: So-called technological work packages (WP1-WP6) will develop dedicated technologies required for the development in implementation of embedded, mixed-criticality multi-core systems.
• Vertical activities: So-called living labs (WP7-WP12) include several demonstrators for mixed-criticality embedded systems aiming at the same application domain. Each task in a living lab represents a use case. Technologies developed in WP1-WP6 will be applied and evaluated in the dedicated use cases of the living labs.


Funding Source
EMC2 project is co-financed by ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking and Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.


Based on the results achieved in the individual work packages, it can be concluded that all strategic objectives were achieved, most of them with a fulfilment level of 100 % and few with a slightly reduced fulfilment level of 80 – 90 %.



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