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Bristol EACO Workshop 4

The fourth Energy-Aware COmputing (EACO) workshop took place on 18th April 2012 at the University of Bristol. This workshop had a focus on industry-academic collaboration. The main objective was to identify and begin organising a number of projects that academic and industrial partners can work together on in order to address some of the Intellectual Challenges (ICs) put forward in previous EACO workshops.

The group would like to extend its thanks to the attendees and event sponsors for contributing to an excellent and productive workshop. Details of the projects formed out of this workshop will be made available once they are finalised. Our intention is feed back the results of any summer projects at the next EACO workshop in October 2012.

Details

Details of how the workshop was structured can be found below.

We will be seeking to kick start at least 3 "seed" projects that will help us gain momentum in solving some of these ICs.

Attendees: Download a copy of the pro-forma for the round-table sessions, available in DOC, DOCX, PDF and ODT formats.

Download the flyer for this workshop.

Projects, partnerships & industrial speakers

Please download the latest copy of our intellectual challenges, annotated with expressions of interest from attendees of previous workshops and colour-coded into themes/projects.

In the coming weeks we will be providing details of projects and industrial partnerships that we are already forming, along with industrial speakers who will be providing more details on some of these projects to EACO W4 attendees.

Presentation abstracts

Watt's getting lost in low level code? (Compiler/OS-Level Approaches to Energy Efficiency)

Andy Lunness, STMicroelectronics. Back to basics, every instruction matters. What a compiler does with your source code has a direct impact on the energy consumed when executing the final image. Modern compiler and toolchain development has traditionally been driven by constraints of speed (time) or memory (space). What about watts? Can compilation make a difference to power consumption and what data might be used to guide the process?

Agenda

The agenda for EACO W4 is provisionally as follows:

  1. 9:00 - Registration.
  2. 9:30 - Welcome and Introduction, Kerstin Eder & David May, University of Bristol.
  3. 10:15 - Topic I: Compiler/OS-Level Approaches to Energy Efficiency
  4. 10:45 - Topic II: Energy Transparency from SW specification to HW implementation
    ~11.15 - Short coffee break.
  5. 11:30 - Topic III: Identifying the "Limit": How to bridge the gap between HW and SW?
  6. 12:00 - Presentation of potential funding instruments from the NMI and the TSB
    ~12:30 - Lunch including networking and Intellectual Challenges discussion.
  7. 13:30 - Round table sessions, one per project in project working groups.
    Short coffee break.
  8. 15:00 - "Seed" project presentations.
  9. ~16:00 - Discussion & conclusion
    Wine reception & networking.
  10. 17:00 - END.

Details

The workshop will be held on the 18th April 2012 at the following location:

Room 0.01 (KES) in The Systems Centre,
Ground Floor, Merchant Venturers Building,
Woodland Road,
Bristol,
BS8 1UB.