ICCS (Microlab) will work on the specification and system architecture of the VINEYARD platform. ICCS will also work on the development of the hardware accelerators that will be deployed on the dataflow and FPGA-based servers. Specifically, ICCS will develop the hardware accelerators for the 3 use case scenarios: bioinformatics, financial applications and big-data analytics. ICCS will also work on the hardware controller that configure the accelerators. Finally, ICCS will work on the development of the central repository for the hosting of the accelerators as IP blocks.
Prof. Dimitrios Soudris (Project Coordinator)
Dr. Christoforos Kachris (Technical Project Manager)
The main role of Maxeler in the project is the research and development of next-generation, programmable dataflow processors. As technology providers for VINEYARD, Maxeler will also be closely involved in the requirements phase of the project as well as the definition and development of the VINEYARD system architecture.
Bull will be strongly involved in Protocol and Architecture design and shall leverage on its R&D to realize early virtual and a mid-size prototype. On the long-term, the objective of Bull is to create market differentiators with the VINEYARD project. The main target is the efficient support of energy efficient technology to set up highly scalable solutions. With these differentiators, Bull aims at developing its market share in the data center market worldwide and especially in Europe.
The QUB team will lead the effort on the VINEYARD language and runtime system and will also make significant contributions to the platform system software and have active roles in hardware integration and system integration as needed to define the hardware/software interface of the VINEYARD microserver platform.
Dr. Georgios Karakonstantis
Dr. Hans Vandierendonck
Prof. Dimitrios S. Nikolopoulos
FORTH will lead the efforts for the design and development of the host-accelerator systems software, middleware, and data management systems. Furthermore, FORTH will lead the efforts for the development of a novel Virtual Machine (VM) appliance model for provisioning of data to shared accelerators. The enhanced VINEYARD middleware augments the functionality of the orchestrator, by enabling more informed allocation of tasks to accelerators.
Prof. Angelos Bilas
Dr. Manolis Marazakis
Dr. Nikolaos Chrysos
The Hartree Centre / STFC will provide access for the VINEYARD project partners to their infrastructure and resources (ARM v8 64-bit processors, Maxeler FPGAs, and Intel Xeon Phi).
Dr. Milos Puzovic
Neurasmus’ role in the project is to develop the biomedical-application use case (High-Performance brain simulation) and to port it onto different VINEYARD-enabled custom back-ends. It will also play a pivotal role during the requirements phase as well as during the integration and evaluation tasks of the project. It is hoped that, through development of the VINEYARD framework and custom hardware platforms, Neurasmus will find optimal software/hardware configurations for its BrainFrame product.
Dr. Christos Strydis
The main role of Neurocom Luxembourg is to design and develop the use case scenario for a) a high-speed matching engine and b) a real-time analytics applications for financial transactions, both for the needs of the Hellenic Stock Exchange. The use case will address the need to employ different computing frameworks which will utilize the accelerating components, but based on a transparent programming layer that VINEYARD will provide. Easiness and effectiveness of the envisaged system will be assessed.
Dr. Apostolis Hatzimanikatis
Dr. Christos Tsalidis
The main role of ATHEX is to provide requirements for the use case scenario which includes a) a high-speed matching engine and b) a real-time analytics applications for financial transactions. ATHEX will prepare and make available to the project, streams with trading data that are produced in abundance every day during the trading sessions. Moreover, it will monitor system design and implementation conformance to needs as well as evaluate the final implementation in terms of usability and feasibility into real and productive financial business environments.
LeanXcale is a leading-edge company in ultra-scalable and ultra-efficient data management with scale-up and scale-out capabilities. Its data management technologies exploit the capabilities of multi-core and NUMA systems. LeanXcale is now interested in introducing a number of hardware accelerators and this is why is interested in the project.
Dr. Ricardo Jimenez-Peris
As a company specialised in marketing and communication, LOBA will be responsible for the tasks related with promotion, communication and dissemination of the VINEYARD project.