High-tech team cooperate to build a simulation framework for parallel systems fine-tuned for visual search

Developed in a tight R&D cooperation with Politecnico di Milano, Telecommunication Systems Institute, and Synelixis, and funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 program, the ground-breaking COSSIM framework (“Novel, Comprehensible, Ultra-Fast, Security-Aware CPS Simulator”) was successfully evaluated on an advanced client-server Visual Search use case that detects instances of objects. The evaluation included co-simulation with an experimental embedded system made by STMicroelectronics (ST).

COSSIM is a brand new open-source framework that integrates a processing “full-system simulator” with an innovative network simulator. Furthermore, advanced power consumption and security measurement models have been developed and incorporated to the end framework. On top of that, COSSIM is a highly parallel software framework. This results in a simulator that is both orders-of-magnitude faster and more accurate and reporting more CPS aspects than any existing solution. The COSSIM framework also incorporates a novel and efficient hardware acceleration process through the use of ST microcontrollers.

"The Internet-of-Things (IoT) market, in particular, urgently needs Artificial Intelligence (AI) functionalities to effectively capture its immense growth potential. A powerful, CPS and cloud simulator can serve that need by supporting system designers in simulating and co-simulating much more effectively than by using traditional methodologies,” said Danilo Pau, Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and Senior Principal Engineer, Senior Member of the Technical Staff, STMicroelectronics. "The technology developed as part of the COSSIM project has the potential to boost system-design productivity and as an open-source framework will benefit from the contributions of the GitHub community."

COSSIM (“Novel, Comprehensible, Ultra-Fast, Security-Aware CPS Simulator”) project is funded by the European Commission under the H2020 framework. In addition to Synelixis, STMicroelectronics, and Politecnico di Milano, the other project partners are Telecommunication Systems Institute, Search-Lab, Tecnalia, Chalmers University of Technology, Maxeler Technologies. The project started on February 1st, 2015 and ran for 3 years. Visit http://www.cossim.org/ for more information and https://github.com/H2020-COSSIM for the open-source framework.