Press Release 170/2016

Multi-Core Processors for Mobility and Industry 4.0

ARAMiS II Enhances Safety, Efficiency, and Comfort by Using Multi-Core Technologies in Vehicles, Aircraft, and Production Facilities – Project Is Funded by BMBF with EUR 15 Million
ARAMiS (right) and demonstrator of an ARAMiS control unit (left) at the BMBF stand at CeBIT 2016. (Photo: Georg Hofstetter)

Safety-critical applications in automobility, aviation, and industry 4.0 will require far more digital computation capacity in the future. This requirement can be met by multi-core technologies. Using demonstrators, the ARAMiS project coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) proved that multi-core processors are suited in principle for safety-critical applications. On this basis, the ARAMiS II project was started recently to study and optimize development processes, development tools, and platforms for the efficient use of industrially available multi-core architectures. 


The need for digital computation capacity is increasing enormously. This is also due to highly automated vehicles and interconnected machines with real-time capability, as well as to increasing integration and interaction with other products and services. Use of multi-core technologies allows to considerably increase the computation capacity of systems embedded in vehicles, aircraft, or industrial facilities. Multi-core processors have several processor cores that are run in parallel to reach a higher computation speed. In many applications, such as PCs, tablets, smartphones, they are already applied successfully. Safety-critical applications in mobility and industry, however, have to meet additional complex requirements. 


“The new ARAMiS II project is aimed at developing indispensable methodological prerequisites to enhance the safety, efficiency, and comfort of using multi-core technologies and to make them available on the industrial scale. The results of ARAMiS II will be incorporated in standardization activities in the areas covered and supplied to other industry partners. This will maintain or increase the innovative power and international competitiveness of German products on important sales and growth markets,” Professor Jürgen Becker, Spokesperson of the Board of KIT’s Institute for Information Processing Technology (ITIV), explains. Together with Falco Bapp of ITIV, he coordinates ARAMiS II.


ithin the framework of the ARAMiS project, KIT, in cooperation with partners from research and industry, successfully demonstrated that multi-core technologies can be applied for and integrated into safety-critical applications in principle. On this basis, ARAMiS II will study, further develop, and optimize efficient development processes and in particular the systematic tool chain and industrial platforms for the reliable use of multi-core architectures. Demonstrators in the areas of automotive engineering, aviation, and industry automation will confirm applicability of the concepts and methods developed across all domains. During the kick-off meeting on December 01 and 02, 2016, all partners planned their next activities in these six partial projects: Application Cases and Requirements, Structured Multi-core Development, Multi-core Methods and Tools, Multi-core Platforms and Architecture Patterns, Implementation and Evaluation, Validation of Results and Exploitation. 


Das Kick-off-Treffen zu ARAMiS II fand Anfang Dezember am KIT statt. (Foto: Markus Breig/KIT)

The kick-off meeting for ARAMiS II took place in early December at KIT.
(Photo: Markus Breig/KIT)


The ARAMiS II consortium consists of 33 partners. Among them are renowned research institutions and leading automotive and aircraft manufacturers, manufacturers in the industry sector, supply companies, software and tool manufacturers. The industry partners are Continental, speaker of the industrial companies in ARAMiS II, Audi, Bosch, Airbus, Siemens, and others. The project is scheduled for a duration of three years. The project volume is above EUR 26 million. ARAMiS II is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with about EUR 15 million.


Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,800 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,300 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

or, 07.12.2016

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