Barcelona Supercomputing Center visits Rapita Systems

This month, Rapita Systems were very pleased to welcome Dr. Francisco J. Cazorla, Computer Architecture Operating Systems (CAOS) Group Manager at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC).

We've enjoyed a very productive partnership with the BSC since 2005 and Francisco's visit was the latest in a series of visits over the years.

Francisco visited to discuss the RapiDaemons product that forms part of Rapita Systems' Multicore Timing Analysis Solution. The BSC's microbenchmark (MuBT) technology is the primary technology on which RapiDaemons are based.

BSC houses the MareNostrum SuperComputer BSC houses the MareNostrum SuperComputer

RapiDaemons is a collection of specialized programs designed to generate contention from specific resources such as buses, caches and GPUs to support analyzing the timing behavior of multicore systems. Each microbenchmark is designed to either maximize or match a desired level of contention for a specific resource. As such, RapiDaemons can be used to characterize hardware by investigating how different operations are affected by different types and levels of contention, and quantify the impact of this contention (known as interference channels in CAST-32A).

Francisco Javier Cazorla AlmeidaFrancisco J. Cazorla at Rapita Systems

"Rapita is the main partner in the work the CAOS group are doing on real-time systems. We've been working together since 2005, when we worked on the MERASA FP7 EU project together. Since then, we have collaborated in several EU-funded and ESA-funded projects.

As a result of the joint work made by BSC and Rapita as part of the PROXIMA project, we both entered into a partnership to provide consultancy services examining the timing behavior of multicore systems. This is a very exciting topic around which we have had many very interesting discussions."

If you have a multicore project you need to certify, you can find out more about our Multicore Timing Analysis Solution here.