Projects

The founders of the company have played a leading role in various research projects. The purpose of these projects is to make significant progress in defining new technologies that may help to achieve accelerated advances.

FentISS S.L. continues its future-oriented with several accomplished R&D Projects in its portfolio, longer-term activities in the field of save and secure real-time operating systems and embedded software solutions. New products design and development is a crucial factor in the company activities. The result is efficient management of projects, which provides significant value potential.

The purpose of these projects is to make significant progress in research on new technologies that will be technically relevant, economically secure and efficient. The technological research is focused on the following fields:

  • European projects:
    • EUROCPS.
    • SAFEPOWER H2020.
    • DREAMS.
    • MultiPARTES.
    • VOS4ES.
    • Oversee.
  • CNES projects.
  • ESA projects.

European projects

The team has collaborated in several major European project IST.

EUROCPS project

In the framework of H2020, the EUROCPS (Cyber Physical Systems) is gathering several design centers in order to boost and initiate synergies between innovative companies, major CPS-platforms and CPS-competency providers.

In this project, FentISS is participating in one of the supported projects (EuroCPS01-014) related to the Avionics Platform jointly with the Thales Group. CEA is the coordinator of EUROCPS project.

Website: https://www.eurocps.org/

Abstract:

Multicore platforms represent the future of the embedded systems but some issues, as the use of shared resources, introduce relevant problems for critical applications due to the indeterminism of the execution and, as consequence, the difficulty to determine the worst case execution time of the critical activities. Under this view, the use of multicore systems for critical applications has a barrier in how a mixed criticality system should be organised and executed.

The proposed industrial experiment has as main goal to demonstrate the implementation of Mixed Criticality Systems using representative application of the avionic domain on multicore systems platforms based on the multicore XtratuM hypervisor.

The approach is based on the IMA architecture for multi-core platforms using XtratuM multicore hypervisor as partitioning kernel and LithOS as ARINC-653 guest OS. XtratuM will provide full-virtualization techniques taking profit of the hardware virtualization support provided by the selected hardware platform and resource management techniques to limit the use of shared resources by non-critical partitions.

The experiment will use a hardware platform based on PowerPC, the virtualization layer based on XtratuM to support the execution of several isolated partitions with different levels of criticality and the applications.

SAFEPOWER H2020 project

FentISS is participating in the recently launched European SAFEPOWER project. The project coordinator is IK4-IKERLAN.

Abstract:

The use of embedded systems has multiplied exponentially over the last two decades. These small computing processors control one or more functions in the element in which they have been fitted (a machine in a factory or a means of transport, for example) and have hundreds of applications, many of which are of a critical nature from the safety perspective.

One of the big challenges facing European industry is to integrate more and more functions into fewer devices and to make them more energy efficient without losing a single iota of dependability. The idea is to cut the number of devices in the various systems by incorporating functionalities of a different type, which previously required several devices, into a single device.

To achieve this, more and more work is being done to increase the processing capacity of each device. So SAFEPOWER will be developing systems equipped with multiple processors (multi-core), as opposed to those that only have one processor (single-core). This will allow savings to be made in resources and energy as a single embedded system will be capable of handling a range of functions.

Distributed REal-Time Architecture for Mixed Criticality Systems

The objective of DREAMS is to develop a cross-domain architecture and design tools for networked complex systems where application subsystems of different criticality, executing on networked multi-core chips, are supported.

DREAMS will deliver architectural concepts, meta-models, virtualization technologies, model-driven development methods, tools, adaptation strategies and validation, verification and certification methods for the seamless integration of mixed-criticality to establish security, safety, real-time performance as well as data, energy and system integrity.

Website: http://www.dreams-project.eu/

MultiPARTES

MultiPARTES is a research project aimed at developing tools and solutions for building trusted embedded systems with mixed criticality components on multicore platforms.

MultiPARTES is supported by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Website: http://www.multipartes.eu/

VOS4ES

The VOS4ES is a collaborative research project that provides a highly extendible, open source virtualization layer and a set of supporting tools that will allow SMEs to have access to virtualization technologies at a low cost and with high flexibility concerning its adaptation to specific requirements as opposed to existing proprietary solutions.

VOS4ES is supported by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme in the area of Research for SME's.

Website: http://www.vos4es.eu/

Oversee

OVERSEE is a European research project funded within the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission.

The overall goal of OVERSEE is to contribute to the efficiency and safety of road transport by developing the OVERSEE platform, which will provide a secure, standardized and generic communication and application platform for vehicles.

OVERSEE is the acronym for Open VEhiculaR SEcurE platform. You are invited to find all the information on the proposed platform and why this platform will be open and secure on this website. We would be glad if you would like to follow up the project's process. Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions concerning the OVERSEE project.

One of the results of the project is the virtualisation layer based on XtratuM.

Website: http://www.oversee-project.com/