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Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 6 | 19. Januar 2012
Priority Programme "Design and Architectures of Dependable Embedded Systems" (SPP 1500)

It is the goal of this Priority Programme and a grand challenge in the nano age to develop new system-level methods and architectures that can cope with the negative effects caused by the inherent unreliability observed at transistor and physical level when migrating to new technology nodes. Within the first phase of this programme, a paradigm shift has been initiated by means of resiliency and adaptability: Resiliency exhibits a certain degree of "immunisation" such that an adaption may not even be necessary. Adaptability, for instance, may reconfigure in order to attune to scenarios of unreliability. These new ways of approaching reliability are intended to be continued within this 2nd phase of this Priority Programme with the goal to ensure the economical profitability of Nanoscale-CMOS for some more decades.

This Priority Programme is based upon the following five columns:

  • Technology Abstraction

  • Dependable Hardware Architectures

  • Dependable Embedded Software

  • Design Methods

  • Operation, Observation and Adaptation

Approaches within all five columns need always to take into consideration the entire embedded system (but should be limited to the digital parts of it). Each project should make a contribution to at least one of the five columns listed above. It needs to be clearly pointed out in how far the addressed unreliability scenarios are attributed to the migration to new technology nodes. Unreliability scenarios that origin from other sources (e.g. security, safety etc. scenarios) are not within the scope of this Priority Programme. Furthermore, software-related approaches need to clearly show their hardware dependence. Dependability issues regarding distributed systems as well as purely device- and technology-driven or analog approaches are not within the scope.

In order to achieve a high degree of multi-disciplinarity, joint proposals are particularly welcome. Projects that have been funded within the first phase are encouraged to submit a proposal within the scope of this call.

Proposals for a two-year funding period should be submitted on paper (one copy) and on CD-ROM (including the proposal and all appendices as pdf-files) not later than 23 March 2012. All proposals must be written in English. Submissions, marked as "SPP 1500: Design and Architectures of Dependable Embedded Systems", should be addressed to Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, attn. Dr. Marcus Wilms, 53170 Bonn. The second funding phase is planned to start in January 2013.

Further information

For more details on motivation and background of this Priority Programme, please see:

Please note the general information and guidelines for proposals, in particular the naming protocol for proposal documents, available in form 54.01 at:

For scientific enquiries concerning the scope of the programme, please contact the Priority Programme's coordinator:

  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Henkel,
    Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT),
    CES - Chair for Embedded Systems,
    Tel. +49 721 608-46050,
    Link auf E-Mailhenkel@kit.edu

For administrative enquiries please contact: