CISTER has well-established roots in the real-time and embedded systems (RTES) scientific community. The unit also fosters its activities well aligned with its national and international partners from both industry and academia. As its strategic vision, the unit has been consistently able to identify and contribute to emerging topics in the area, and continues to do so with a strong tradition of developing foundational work in relevant topics.
With their ubiquitous deployment, embedded platforms are becoming increasingly complex as they grow more powerful, owing to their obligation to address ever increasing and demanding requirements. Their complexity and resource-awareness brings further challenges to the development of reliable and efficient systems, such as resource (e.g., CPU, memory, power) management, novel operating systems and virtual machines and timing analyses.
In particular, with a strategic vision for the future, CISTER is working in emerging topics such as:
- next generation of computing systems' programming paradigms;
- modelling and analyzing temporal behaviour;
- handling the requirements of mixed-criticalities;
- resource management in energy-aware computation;
- real-time communication protocols that provide mobility, ubiquity, and pervasiveness;
- combine “physical concerns” (like control systems, signal processing) and “computational concerns” (like complexity, schedulability, computability) with CPS Co-design;
- new demands at all layers of complex systems for better resource and QoS management.