Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lusanne, Embedded Systems Laboratory


The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) is one of the two federally-funded technical universities in Switzerland concentrating on research and teaching in basic and engineering sciences, with about 4’500 employees and 10’000 students, and a total budget of approximately 900 million Euros. A multi-cultural institution at the cutting edge of science and technology, EPFL fosters innovation and excellence. The Embedded Systems Laboratory (ESL) will be the main research unit working in this project. ESL, consists of 20 members, and focuses its research on thermal and reliability exploration frameworks and management approaches for manycores and high-performance computing systems, both at micro-architectural and system level. In the aforementioned research areas related to RECIPE, the ESL personnel has a long and deep experience in low-power and high-performance multi-core computing system design and multi-objective optimization methodologies for them, and has been interacting with companies such as Sun Microsystems, IBM, Oracle, and ST on these topics. ESL has been one of the EPFL representative in the FP7-Network on Excellence HIPEAC-2, and is partner in the recent or ongoing H2020 project MANGO, AENEAS and FP7 projects “PRO3D”, “GreenDataNet” and ”PHIDIAS” (leading partner) related to the research areas of RECIPE. It is also participating in the Swiss confederation’s Nano-Tera RTD projects “YINS” (as leading partner) and “CMOSAIC”.

Role in the proposal

EPFL-ESL will mostly contribute to the development of thermal models and cooling control strategies, as well as in thermal- and power-aware resource management in WP3. Also, EPFL will contribute to the development of an architectural simulation/emulation framework in WP4. Moreover, it will provide its expertise in WP2 with example applications in the bio-medical domain.

Key personnel

Prof. David Atienza, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at EPFL, and Director of ESL at EPFL, Switzerland. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Complutense University, Madrid, Spain, and Inter-University Micro-Electronics Center (IMEC), Leuven, Belgium, in 2001 and 2005, respectively. His research interests focus on system-level energy- and thermal- aware design methodologies for multi-core computing systems and high-performance embedded systems, including new modelling and control frameworks to develop dynamic thermal management techniques for Multi-Processor System-on-Chip (MPSoCs), servers and datacenters. In these fields, he has co-authored more than 200 publications in prestigious journals and conferences. He has received the IEEE Early Career Award in 2013, the ACM SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award (ONFA) in 2012, two Best Paper Award at VLSI-SoC 2009 and CST-HPCS 2012, and five Best Paper Award Nominations at the DAC 2013, DATE 2013, WEHA-HPCS 2010, ICCAD 2006 and DAC 2004. He is or has been associate editor of IEEE T-Comp., IEEE T-CAD, Elsevier Integration and DAES, and Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE CASS (period 2014-2015). He is a Senior Member of ACM and an IEEE Fellow. Since 2005, Prof. David Atienza has participated as PI or co-PI in 12 European projects (42 multi- partner projects overall), including 4 directly related to the objectives of RECIPE, assisting in the development of new methodologies for system-level optimization of MPSoC architectures, and server and datacenter cooling optimization. He also received an ERC Consolidator Grant for his project titled “COMPUSAPIEN” in 2016.

Dr. Marina Zapater, Ph.D., (female) is a Post-Doctoral researcher in the Embedded Systems Laboratory at EPFL. She was non-tenure track Assistant Professor in the Computer Architecture Department at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, in the academic year 2015-2016. She received her Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in 2015, an M.Sc. in Telecommunication Engineering degree and a M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering degree, both from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, in 2010. She received a Ph.D. fellowship from the International Program for Attracting Talent (PICATA) of the Campus of International Excellence of Moncloa, Spain. Her research interests include proactive and reactive thermal and power optimization of complex heterogeneous systems, energy efficiency in data centers, ultra-low power architectures and embedded systems. In this area, she has co-authored over 25 publications in top-notch international conferences and journals, and she is currently involved in the H2020 projects MANGO and AENEAS. She has served as TPC member of several conferences, including VLSI-SoC and MCSoC. She is a member of IEEE, CEDA, and the HiPEAC network of excellence, from which she has received a HiPEAC collaboration grant.