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EPSRC Reference: EP/P006434/1
Title: Manycore Research Innovation and Opportunities Network (MaRIONet)
Principal Investigator: Singer, Dr J
Other Investigators:
Trinder, Professor P
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Bayncore Limited Codeplay Software Ltd E P C C Ltd
Imagination Technologies Ltd UK Maxeler Technologies Ltd Microsoft
Red Hats Labs
Department: School of Computing Science
Organisation: University of Glasgow
Scheme: Network
Starts: 01 November 2016 Ends: 31 March 2020 Value (£): 91,619
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Computer Sys. & Architecture Fundamentals of Computing
Software Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Information Technologies
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
19 Jul 2016 EPSRC ICT Prioritisation Panel - Jul 2016 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The transition to manycore systems is arguably the greatest challenge

facing the ICT industry, Computational Science, and Computing Science

research. The challenge is globally recognised, and is an EPSRC ICT priority:

Manycore Architectures in Distributed and Embedded Systems (MACDES).

The proposed network will identify and bring together a critical mass

of UK manycore researchers.

The manycore revolution is fundamentally changing multiple levels of

the computation execution stack: from processor architecture, through

systems software, to applications. The UK has world leading

researchers and industrialists working on specific technologies at

each level, but currently researchers and engineers do not collaborate

adequately on the complex manycore challenges. Furthermore,

meaningful industry engagement is limited, despite the large number of

UK-based industrial research labs with strategic interest in manycore


We will foster effective communication between academic and industrial

research teams both at different levels in the execution stack

(e.g. compiler developers targeting an emergent architecture), and

within each level (e.g. program analysis applied to improve memory

access latency in the systems layer). The teams will benefit by being

able to identify and exploit synergies and opportunities for


We will establish well defined, highly available channels for

communication and low-overhead mechanisms for collaboration. Given

that many world-class UK researchers are isolated in relatively small

departments and research groups, the network will enable national

sharing of ideas, information and infrastructure. Community support

and resource pooling will enable UK researchers to achieve greater

academic impact globally, competing effectively with larger,

well-resourced groups in the USA (e.g. Aspire Lab at Berkeley), China

(e.g. State Key Lab of Computer System and Architecture, Chinese

Academy of Sciences), and elsewhere.

Both architectural innovation and systems software development are

massive investments, often involving person-decades of

effort. MaRIONet will enable sharing of expertise and infrastructure

to lower the barrier to entry for UK systems researchers working in

this area. Industrial network partners will gain exposure to

cutting-edge research, and ideas to address current problems. Academic

partners gain real-world use cases and grand challenges.

At least three of the UK Policy Exchange `Eight great technologies'

are directly enabled by the increased scale and speed of future manycore

systems and software, namely:

* Big Data revolution: enabled by manycore systems for

energy-efficient collection, analysis and storage of big data.

* Robotics and autonomous systems: enabled by manycore

systems for artificial intelligence, planning, image recognition,

humanoid motion control.

* Synthetic biology: enabled by manycore processing of biological

data, in-silico simulation of bio-mechanisms.

Hence we anticipate that future UK economic growth and societal well-being

will be strongly influenced by manycore technology, which is the focus of

our research network.

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