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FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams, Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast
FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams, Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast
FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams, Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast
FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams, Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast
FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams, Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast
FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams, Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast
FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams, Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast
FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams, Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast
FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams, Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast
FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams, Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast
FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams, Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast
FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams, Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast
FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams, Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast
FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams, Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast
FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams, Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast
FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams, Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast
FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams, Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast
FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams, Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast
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FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams, Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos, Queen's University Belfast

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Presentations from Horizon 2020 Information Seminar held at Hilton Hotel 28th November 2013

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  • 1. School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams Professor Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos
  • 2. School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science About me • Professor and DR, School of EEECS QUB • US academic background • Computing systems researcher – High-performance computing – Processor and memory architectures – System software and firmware – Languages and compilers – System integration November 28, 2013 H2020 ICT Info Day 2
  • 3. School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science How did NanoStreams start? • Neither from an EU ICT Work Programme nor from a call target – A clearly identified challenge that merits investigation from an excellent consortium • Critical mass in the financial trading sector in Belfast – Extreme performance requirements, at odds with technology trends towards energy-efficient servers • Solutions considered required disruptive changes that span the entire computing software & hardware stack – Could not be possibly solved by a University, SME, or even multi-national – First hint to consider an EU project November 28, 2013 H2020 ICT Info Day 3
  • 4. School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science How did NanoStreams evolve? Context – Real-time analytics on streaming data require extremely high performance and low latency – Critical for important markets: capital markets, ICU monitoring, fraud detection, business intelligence,… – Currently supported by servers with high TCO • Idea – Can a low-cost server of a size of a wallet be used instead? • Motivation – Facebook stripped-down micro-servers • November 28, 2013 H2020 ICT Info Day 4
  • 5. School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science How did NanoStreams evolve into an EU ICT project • Contemplated several funding alternatives – Hard to involve SMEs and industry as funded partners in RCUK – Limited funding, small “demos” supported from instruments like TSB • Critical mass of expertise available in the UK but important components missing: • Compilers for application-specific processors • Real-time operating systems • Major server vendors not UK-based November 28, 2013 H2020 ICT Info Day 5
  • 6. School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Reading (behind) the EU call “Synergies between High Performance Computing and Embedded Systems to address a common challenge” • High performance from a computing system with a low carbon and space footprint – What is common between a smartphone and a datacentre server box – Embedded many-core processors running highperformance parallel software November 28, 2013 H2020 ICT Info Day 6
  • 7. School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science NanoStreams (in a picture worth a thousand words) November 28, 2013 H2020 ICT Info Day 7
  • 8. School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science NanoStreams Consortium November 28, 2013 H2020 ICT Info Day 8
  • 9. School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Why was NanoStreams funded? • Clearly identified challenge and a need • Perfect match to the call • Strong participation by industry and in particular SMEs – SMEs that develop (and not just use) technology – Large corporates that are ideal customers for SMEs – Job creation, economic impact • Internationally excellent consortium, complementarity • A unique product proposition based on European technology – With potential US uptakers November 28, 2013 H2020 ICT Info Day 9
  • 10. School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Importance of networking • Instruments leveraged to establish a consortium – ECIT/CSIT commercial team – European Network of Excellence in High Performance and Embedded Architectures and Compilers (HiPEAC) – Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) – Personal contacts – “Dear John” emails November 28, 2013 H2020 ICT Info Day 10
  • 11. School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Proposal writing process • 10-page draft from Coordinator circulated September’12 • Work-packages and roles discussed in F2F meeting in Paris and drafted October’12 • Distributed writing – Each WP lead by a different partner – Part B1 written by technical coordinator, with on-demand contributions by other partners – Part B2 written by a research engineer with prior experience in coordinating EU projects – Part B3 written jointly by one SME and one corporate • First draft completed November’12 • Continuous major and then minor revisions until submission in January’13 November 28, 2013 H2020 ICT Info Day 11
  • 12. School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science The importance of chemistry • Partners have previously worked together in clusters – QUB, IBM, FORTH (TEXT project) – Analytics Engines, ACE (commercialisation effort) – Neueda, Credit Suisse (commercialisation effort) • Excellent inter-personal relationships • Understanding the cultural background, business environment and financial climate was important November 28, 2013 H2020 ICT Info Day 12
  • 13. School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Working with the Commission • Get to know your Project Officer as best as you can – Technical background, cultural background, preferred means of communication, style, track record, experiences of others… • Experience may vary dramatically – NanoStreams: 30-minute negotiations meeting, 4 talking points, 1 major and 3 minor revisions of the DoW – CACTOS: 3-hour negotiations meeting, including a 1-hour project presentation 37 talking points, ~50 revisions of the DoW. 10+ major revisions – ASAP: day-long negotiations meeting, 127 talking points (12 pages of comments), 130+ revisions of the DoW November 28, 2013 H2020 ICT Info Day 13
  • 14. School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Working with the Commission • Your PO may change any time – Unnamed FP7-ICT-Call 8 project – 4 POs in 3 years – PO A, B, and C conducted project reviews and approved Good and then Excellent ratings – PO D returned all dissemination deliverables as unacceptable, threatened with a poor rating, and then threatened to recover the funding of a major UK semi-conductor IP company November 28, 2013 H2020 ICT Info Day 14
  • 15. School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science The benefits of participating… • A broader talent base – Increased chances to work with the very best in a number of disciplines • A broader funding base – More funding instruments, higher budgets • A broader market base – Industry engagement, industrial R&D and take-up are essential (and not cosmetic) requirements of these projects • More pathways to impact – Companies working with academics to develop new products and services November 28, 2013 H2020 ICT Info Day 15
  • 16. School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science The benefits of not participating… • Administrative overhead – Extensive reporting requirements – Annual (and oftentimes semi-annual) reviews – Extensive travel • Management difficulties – Integration towards a common vision, common set of tools, common outcomes – Multiple accounting systems, research cultures, product development cultures, people cultures… – Under-performing partners, weakest links, workload imbalance… • Inappropriate instrument for blue sky research – Projects and not programmes – Tight timeline, small horizon, many checkpoints – Too much integration effort November 28, 2013 H2020 ICT Info Day 16
  • 17. School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Would I do it again? Absolutely! but never attempt to coordinate more than one projects simultaneously 
  • 18. School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science FP7 Case Study: NanoStreams Professor Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos

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