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IMMORTAL - Integrated Modelling, Fault Management, Verification and Reliable Design Environment for Cyber-Physical Systems

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Project Manager: Dr.ir. Hans G. Kerkhoff
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Tel.: +31-53-4892646
Email: h.g.kerkhoff@utwente.nl


IMMORTAL – Integrated Modelling, Fault Management, Verification and Reliable Design Environment for Cyber-Physical Systems is a Research & Innovation Action addressing primarily H2020 ICT 1: Smart Cyber- Physical Systems call‟s theme Modelling and integration frameworks. In this project, a consortium of leading European academic and industrial players aim at combining their expertise in developing an integrated, cross-layer modelling based tool framework for fault management, verification and reliable design of dependable Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). 

Recently, the world has seen emerging CPS modelling frameworks addressing various design aspects such as control, security, verification and validation1. However, there have been no considerations for reliability and automated debug (i.e. design error localisation and correction) aspects of verification. The main aim of IMMORTAL is to fill this gap by introducing reliable design and automated system debug into CPS modelling. To reach this aim, the project will develop a cross-layer CPS model spanning device (analogue and digital), circuit, network architecture, firmware and software layers. In addition, a holistic fault model for representing fundamentally different error sources in CPSs (design bugs, wear-out and environmental effects) in a uniform manner will be proposed. Moreover, IMMORTAL plans to develop fault management infrastructure on top of the reliable design framework that would allow ultra-fast fault detection, isolation and recovery in the emerging many-core based CPS networked architectures that are expected to be increasingly adopted in the coming years. 

As a result, the project will enable development of dependable CPSs with improved reliability and extended effective life-time, which is a particular concern in emerging nanoelectronics technologies that are becoming increasingly vulnerable to disturbances, ageing and process variations. In line with the expected impacts of the Call, the project will have a significant impact in development time as well as maintenance costs of dependable cyber-physical systems.

The tool framework to be developed within IMMORTAL will be evaluated on a clearly specified real-world use-case of a satellite on-board-computer. However, since the results are more general and applicable to many application domains, including avionics, automotive and telecommunication, demonstration of the framework tools will be applied to CPS examples from other domains as well.

Project duration: 38 months
Project budget: 4 M-€ funding
Number of person/months: 489 person months
Project Coordinator: Tallinna Tehnikaülikool
Participants: Tallinna Tehnikaülikool, German Aerospace Center, Technische Universität Graz, UT, IBM Israel Science & Technology Ltd., Testonica Lab, ReCoRe Systems 
Project budget CTIT: 490.3 k-€ funding
Number of person months CTIT: 74 person months
Involved groups: Computer Architecture for Embedded Systems (CAES)
CTIT Research Centre:
Centre for Green ICT