CEA-Leti, coordinator of PRO3D, a European consortium created to program future 3D manycore architectures, announced they’ve assembled six partners  to focus on developing holistic system-design methodology spanning software, architecture and 3D integration.

  • Verimag, Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble 1, France
  • ETHZ, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
  • Alma Mater Studorium, University of Bologna, Italy
  • STMicroelectronics, Grenoble, France
  • EPFL, Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • CEA-Leti, Grenoble, France.

Launched by the European Commission in January 2010, the project is designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of 3D manycores by an integrated and concerted effort in key aspects of hardware and software design. Specific goals of the project include:

  • The development of a system software flow that can operate transparently on parallel manycore
  • The Development of formal methods for software design guaranteeing the composability and correct operation of both hardware and software
  • The Exploration of the impact of 3D integration for new computing architectures
  • The Extension of the software flow to 3D-stacked manycores

PRO3D is built on the world-class R&D expertise of the project’s partners to deliver a holistic 3D system-design methodology intended to bring a drastic improvement in productivity, reduce costs and shorten time to market for future embedded computing.
3D stacking enables the project partners to revisit the decade-long architectural tradeoffs between placing processor and memory sub-systems side by side versus placing them vertically and linking them through interconnects that are more than two orders of magnitude more energy efficient and denser than the most advanced off-chip I/O channels.

“With different manycore architectures on the market, the competitive edge can only be gained by taking a truly holistic approach that leverages disruptive advances in fabrication technology while harmonizing innovation in architecture, parallel- programming models and tools,” said Laurent Malier, CEO of CEA-Leti. “3D stacking is the highest-potential technology innovation on the horizon for manycore integrated platforms, but it also has distinctive software challenges, like controlling thermal dissipation. These are some of the issues that the PRO3D partners will address.”

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