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High Performance Computing for Real Time Modelling and HiL of Complex Transportation and Control Embedded Systems

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START: 10/2016

COVERED

OBTAINING DOCTOR DEGREE: 10/2019

    Description

    High Performance Computing (HPC) is an area of technology that provides simulation solutions for complex problems through parallel computing solutions, using clusters, supercomputers and FPGA-based solutions. This technological area may be used for the running of accurate real-time models of physical systems (e.g. wind turbines, trains, machinery), subsystems and interfaces between subsystems, as well as their fast implementation. A specific example is the avionics sector at “Iron Bird” facilities, where the actuators, sensors and hydraulic or electrical components associated with the aircraft flight controls are simulated and, therefore, a wide range of normal conditions or fault conditions may be validated for the aircraft, without placing any real aircraft at risk and it may reduce the costs of test facilities.

    These models may be used to validate the developed embedded systems for the control of these systems, during the various phases of development, from the software to the complete control system. As the development phase becomes more advanced, the models must be more detailed and the complexity achieved by these simulations requires running platforms, such as supercomputing clusters (e.g. SW or FPGAs). Validation is performed by connecting the real system to these models, which is known as Hardware-In-The-Loop (HIL), allowing for real-time electrical signals and system interfaces to be reproduced, as if they were real, and to functionally validate the system software.

    The challenges in defining the required HPC environments include the definition of interfaces for each co-simulation module (e.g. functional mockups), the definition of the required HPC hardware architecture, IP integration of floating point IPs or coordinating the running of the model among others. The implementation of this technological area for the needs of various industrial sectors (e.g. transport or machine tools) allows for the development of simulation environments, verification and latest-generation validation. The focus of this dissertation is the implementation and SW+FPGA coordination of HPC HIL solutions.

    Department or unit of the Associates Technology Center

    Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies

    Investigation line

    Embedded systems

    Start date planned

    10/2016

    Obtaining date of the doctor degree

    10/2019

    Requeriments

    Automation Engineering and Industrial Electronics Engineering / Telecommunications Engineering / Master in Embedded Systems / Master or equivalent engineering
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