eMuCo (Embedded Multi-Core Processing for Mobile Communications) opens the door to the next generation of smart phones bringing for first time the combination of multi-core and virtualization to mobile phones.
eMuCo started as a European initiative of top universities and leading companies in the mobile embedded market to explore the principles, suitability and commercialization feasibility of Multicore and Virtualization as solution to provide higher computational performance and flexibility still keeping low power consumption.
The proposal was supported by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for research and technological development with 2.9M EUR, successfully carried out by the consortium and coordinated by Ruhr-University Bochum.
While multi core as already happened in PCs some years ago brings more performance with less power through parallelization, virtualization isolates the SW from the underlying HW so that there is no direct access and control from the SW to the HW. “Today's smartphone users want to download applications and individually customize their phones according to their needs and preferences” said Attila Bilgic, co-coordinator of the eMuCo project, “download applications and keep protection of personal data and basic system against viruses and malicious code can be prevented through virtualization”.
As one of the outputs of the project, the eMuCo software platform which enables efficient usage of multi-cores on mobile embedded computing devices by using virtualization techniques has been released as open source on June 8th 2010. The platform is based on a small operating system kernel accompanied with various operating system components allowing manifold usage scenarios. “The system opens access to the latest embedded multi-core architectures offering efficient programming and processing of a broad range of different applications, ranging from special purpose applications such as protocol implementation to whole virtualized commodity operating systems” said Adam Lackorzynski operating system architect.
The spectrum of applications for mobile phones will be broader with the higher processing capacity brought by multi-core and the system flexibility brought by virtualization. “Multi-core & virtualization solution enables higher processing capacity keeping the power consumption with the added-value of security and flexibility to bring services and applications fast to market making possible a new generation of smartphones” said Maria Elizabeth Gonzalez co-coordinator of eMuCo project, “It is expected that the emerging multi-core & virtualization technology revolutionize how a mobile phone will be perceived and opens new business models in the telecommunication market”. The openness of the eMuCo software as well as its security, offers a platform for a manifold of new applications. Many companies could create applications and get paid by the end user. This creates a new market which is in first steps already paved by the iPhone and the open Google Android phones.
This project was co-coordinated by Dr. Attila Bilgic and Dr. Maria Elizabeth Gonzalez, carried out by a consortium of academic and industrial partners: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Infineon (Germany), IBM Rational ((Sweden), ARM (United Kingdom), Technische Universität Dresden (Germany), University of York (United Kingdom), and "Politehnica" University of Timisoara (Romania).
Dr. Attila Bilgic, Lehrstuhl für Integrierte Systeme, ICFO 03/560, 0234/32-29141, Attila.Bilgic@ruhr-uni-bochum.de
Dr. Maria Elizabeth Gonzalez, Lehrstuhl für Integrierte Systeme, ICFO 03/503, 0234/32-26524, Elizabeth.Gonzalez@ruhr-uni-bochum.de
Dr. Melanie Brüngel-Dittrich, Projektmanagement, UV 3/373, 0234/32-22928, Melanie.Bruengel-Dittrich@ruhr-uni-bochum.de
Dr. Josef König | idw
Japanese researchers develop ultrathin, highly elastic skin display
19.02.2018 | University of Tokyo
Why bees soared and slime flopped as inspirations for systems engineering
19.02.2018 | Georgia Institute of Technology
For the first time, a team of researchers at the Max-Planck Institute (MPI) for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, has succeeded in making an integrated circuit (IC) from just a monolayer of a semiconducting polymer via a bottom-up, self-assembly approach.
In the self-assembly process, the semiconducting polymer arranges itself into an ordered monolayer in a transistor. The transistors are binary switches used...
Breakthrough provides a new concept of the design of molecular motors, sensors and electricity generators at nanoscale
Researchers from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS (IOCB Prague), Institute of Physics of the CAS (IP CAS) and Palacký University...
For photographers and scientists, lenses are lifesavers. They reflect and refract light, making possible the imaging systems that drive discovery through the microscope and preserve history through cameras.
But today's glass-based lenses are bulky and resist miniaturization. Next-generation technologies, such as ultrathin cameras or tiny microscopes, require...
Scientists from the University of Zurich have succeeded for the first time in tracking individual stem cells and their neuronal progeny over months within the intact adult brain. This study sheds light on how new neurons are produced throughout life.
The generation of new nerve cells was once thought to taper off at the end of embryonic development. However, recent research has shown that the adult brain...
Theoretical physicists propose to use negative interference to control heat flow in quantum devices. Study published in Physical Review Letters
Quantum computer parts are sensitive and need to be cooled to very low temperatures. Their tiny size makes them particularly susceptible to a temperature...
15.02.2018 | Event News
13.02.2018 | Event News
12.02.2018 | Event News
21.02.2018 | Life Sciences
21.02.2018 | Life Sciences
21.02.2018 | Materials Sciences