SHANNON, Ireland – A
hardware-software codesign project being conducted within Intel Labs Europe is
going well – so well that Intel is not prepared to say much about it but has
quadrupled the number of people working on the project. The project is led by researchers
based in Barcelona, Spain, and Intel's center for many-core processor research
at Braunschweig, Germany.
"It's a closed research
project but it's going really well," said Professor Martin Curley,
director of Intel Labs Europe, speaking at a press event here.
Intel Labs Europe (ILE) was founded
early in 2009 as a network of aligned research projects and locations across
Europe. Some of the research is open, where Intel invites partners into collaborate
or participates in or hosts European Union funded research. Elsewhere Intel
operates a closed R&D policy, and the closer Intel gets to deploying
developments the more closed it becomes.
Professor Curley said that the
codesign research project has gone so well that the research effort has been
upgraded from 50 engineers within Intel Labs Europe to 200 engineers across
Intel globally. "With 200 engineers, you can get a lot done,"
Professor Curley said.
It is thought that the emphasis
of the research is on formalizing original specifications for systems and
automating the elaboration of the design through behavioral descriptions and on
down to more familiar structural design tools. Professor Curley said there was
an expectation that the results of this research could support Intel in the development
of many-core system-on-chip (SoC) ICs.
ILE started in 2009 with an annual budget of about 100 million euro (about $140 million) and 800 people
and has now grown to nearly 1,200 people and an annual budget of 130
million euro (about $180 million). It's scope includes 24 sites, from
Ireland in the west to Israel in the east, and more than 250 research
relationships, Professor Curley said.
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