Innovative Methodological Tools for Traceability, Certification and
Authenticity Assessment of Olive Oil and Olives
The olive oil and the olive fruit constitute a dynamic and competitive business sector. Because of its high quality, reputation and price, the excellent greek olive oil has become the target for adulteration with cheaper vegetable oils. The current analytical methods cannot offer a reliable identification of the cultivar variety of olive oil and, quite often, they fail to detect adulteration, especially in cases in which the adulterant has a similar composition with olive oil. The hallmark of the present research proposal is an integrated system of innovative methodological tools for the traceability, certification and authenticity assessment of olive oil and edible olives. The system constitutes of three absolutely complementary and state-of-the art technologies, as follows:
Hardware-Assisted Decoupled Access Execution on the Digital Market: The EDRA Framework
Developing the next generation of high-performance computing (HPC) technologies, applications and systems towards exascale is a priority for the EU. The ‘Decoupled Access – Execute’ (DAE) approach is an HPC framework developed by the EU-funded project EXTRA for mapping applications to reconfigurable hardware. The EU-funded EDRA project will deploy virtual machines that integrate the EXTRA DAE architecture onto custom hardware within the cloud infrastructure of the Amazon Web Services marketplace, one of the largest cloud service providers. The project will focus on the commercialisation of EDRA on Amazon’s web service marketplace to ensure the EDRA framework is widely available and versatile for wide-ranging applications.
The FET project “EXTRA” (Exploiting eXascale Technology with Reconfigurable Architectures) aimed at devising efficient ways to deploy ultra-efficient heterogeneous compute nodes for future exascale High Performance Computing (HPC) applications. One major outcome was the development of a framework for mapping applications to reconfigurable hardware, relying on the concept of Decoupled Access – Execute (DAE) approach.
This project focuses on the commercialization of the EXTRA framework for cloud HPC platforms. More specifically, it targets the deployment of Virtual Machines (VMs) that integrate the EXTRA DAE Reconfigurable Architecture (EDRA) on custom hardware within the cloud infrastructure of one of the largest cloud service providers, the Amazon Web Services marketplace. End-users will be able to automatically map their applications to “EDRA-enhanced” VMs, and directly deploy them onto Amazon’s cloud infrastructure for optimal performance and minimal cost.
Towards a successful exploitation outcome, the project will put effort on (a) applying the required software- and hardware-level modifications on the current EXTRA framework to comply with Amazon’s infrastructure, (b) devising a business strategy to effectively address various user groups, and (c) disseminating the benefits of this solution to large public events and summits.
To handle the stringent performance requirements of future exascale High Performance Computing (HPC) applications, HPC systems need ultra-efficient heterogeneous compute nodes. To reduce power and increase performance, such compute nodes will require reconfiguration as an intrinsic feature, so that specific HPC application features can be optimally accelerated at all times, even if they regularly change over time.
In the EXTRA project, we create a new and flexible exploration platform for developing reconfigurable architectures, design tools and HPC applications with run-time reconfiguration built-in from the start. The idea is to enable the efficient co-design and joint optimization of architecture, tools, applications, and reconfiguration technology in order to prepare for the necessary HPC hardware nodes of the future.
The project EXTRA covers the complete chain from architecture up to the application:
In conclusion, EXTRA focuses on the fundamental building blocks for run-time reconfigurable exascale HPC systems: new reconfigurable architectures with very low reconfiguration overhead, new tools that truly take reconfiguration as a design concept, and applications that are tuned to maximally exploit run-time reconfiguration techniques.
Our goal is to provide the European platform for run-time reconfiguration to maintain Europe’s competitive edge and leadership in run-time reconfigurable computing.
Telecommunication Systems Research Institute (T.S.I.)
Technical University of Crete
Campus – Akrotiri
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