Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH)

Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH)
Institute of Computer Science (ICS)
100 N. Plastira Av., Vassilika Vouton
Heraklion, GR-70013
Computer Architecture and VLSI Laboratory (CARV)
Prof. Manolis Katevenis
100 N. Plastira Av., Vassilika Vouton
Heraklion, GR-70013

Institution Background

The Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) is the premier research center in Greece, internationally acknowledged for its excellence in basic and applied research, in developing applications and products, and in providing services. The Institute of Computer Science (ICS), one of the seven Institutes of FORTH, will be contributing to this project. FORTH has a 30-year history of internationally competitive R&D contributions across the fields of Information & Communication Technologies, as well as of academic and industrial cooperation; it has adopted an evolving strategy to promote the commercial exploitation of R&D results by providing services, licensing products to industrial partners, contracting with industrial partners to jointly develop new products, and participating in spin-off companies and joint ventures. FORTH represents Greece in the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM).  The Institute ranked first among all Greek institutes of its field in the 2005 and 2013 national evaluations.

The Institute of Computer Science has had a relatively long history and recognised tradition, since its establishment in 1983, in conducting basic and applied research, developing applications and products, providing services, and playing a leading role in Greece and internationally, in the fields of Information and Communication Technologies. Activities of ICS cover important research and development areas, encompassing new perspectives, emerging fields of research and technological challenges worldwide. In its continuing efforts to exploit its research activities and results, the Institute contributes significantly to the diffusion of modern Information and Communications Technologies in the public and private sectors. Thus, ICS acts as a catalyst for the development of the Information and Communication Technologies sector in Greece, and the creation of favourable conditions for the emergence of an Information Society acceptable by all citizens. The continuous effort of improving the quality of our work has led FORTH-ICS in certifying our research activities alongside with products and services provided, according to the requirements set by ISO 9001:2008 quality management standard.


Research Group Background

The Computer Architecture and VLSI Systems (CARV) Laboratory of FORTH has a 20-year history in architecture, hardware, and systems software R&D, with fundamental contributions in interconnection network architectures and in parallel processing on clusters. CARV expertise includes the design, implementation, and test of dozens of innovative prototypes at all system levels, ASIC, board, system software prototypes, runtime support, and language extensions.

CARV has an 18-year experience in interconnection network architectures and communication protocols for high-performance compute and storage systems. Recently, CARV has built a 10-GBit/s communication subsystem and storage area network prototype, including the hardware platform and the full software stack, which is currently being used for further research in the area. CARV has been working on and with storage prototypes over the last 10 years with extensive work on distributed storage, storage controllers, storage efficiency, storage reliability, storage caching, and storage virtualization. Recently, FORTH-ICS (and CARV) has licensed part of its technology to a large multinational company. Currently, our work in storage has focused in three main directions: storage acceleration, storage convergence, and storage isolation.

CARV has participated in numerous projects in this area (EU: SIVSS, Unisix, SARC, HiPEAC, SCALUS, STREAM. IOLANES, CumuloNimbo, Encore, TEXT, TransForm, DeSyRe, FASTER, CumuloNimbo, IOLanes, CoherentPaaS, LeanBigData, Nanostreams, Euroserver; National: MASC, ATHLOS, GreenVM).

CARV has extensive expertise in runtime systems for multicore processors, operating systems, caching and communication protocol stacks for general purpose as well as specialized interconnects, network interfaces, architectures of commodity components, scalable systems, distributed block-level storage, and system reliability. FORTH-ICS has always placed emphasis on prototyping; Implemented systems include all levels of software, firmware, device drivers, operating system extensions, distributed libraries and applications, and parallel systems, storage controllers, file systems, extensive OS kernel re-design for real-life kernels.

Finally, FORTH-ICS has been involved extensively in training activities, whereas state-of-the-art infrastructure and excellent administrative support result in a fertile environment for carrying out innovative research in storage systems.


Major Interest in Action Scientific Topics

FORTH’s interest in NESUS span all four Workgroups:

  • WG1: State of the art and continuous learning in Ultra Scale Computing Systems
  • WG2: Programming models and runtimes
  • WG3: Resilience of applications and runtime environments
  • WG4: Sustainable data management

Prof. Angelos Bilas, who is a member of tha CARV Laboratory is a co-leader of WG4.