Team Alchemy

Overall Objectives
Scientific Foundations
New Results
Contracts and Grants with Industry
Other Grants and Activities

Section: Contracts and Grants with Industry

National and international collaborative grants

“PAGDEG” (Causes and consequences of protein aggregation in cellular degeneration): an ANR-funded project (call Piribio) on modeling and simulation of cellular degeneration in bacteria (2010-2012). Supervisor: A. Lindner. Total amount funded: 450 keuros.

Large-Scale initiative “ColAge” (Natural and engineering solutions to the control of bacterial growth and aging: A systems and synthetic biology approach): an INRIA-INSERM joint grant on modeling and simulation of systems biology (2008-2011). Supervisor: H. Berry. Total amount funded: 430 keuros.

Arch2 Neu

(150kEuros) This project aims at designing a novel type of hardware for digital signal processing (sounds, images,...) based on analog neural networks. This design shall be significantly more defect and fault tolerant than previous designs, while achieving very low power. This project is a joint INRIA Alchemy /CEA LETI ANR project as part of the “Return of PostDoc”: we have attracted a young French postdoc at University of California, originally from Supelec, to come back to France and set up this new project (2009-2012).


(20 keuros): “Modeling Cortical Activity and Analysing the Brain Neural Code”, Supervision: B. Cessac (Institut Non Linéaire de Nice). Other partners: Cortex (INRIA Nancy), Institut des Neurosciences cognitives de la Méditerannée (Marseille), Lab. Jean-Alexandre Dieudonné (Nice), Odyssee (INRIA Sophia).


(20 keuros): “Aggregating MYriads of Biologically-Inspired Agents”, Supervision: N. Fates (Maia, INRIA NAncy). Other Participants: B. Girau (Cortex, INRIA Nancy).


(5 Keuros): “Multifractal Analysis to Resolve information Transfer In NEural networks”, Supervision: M. Quoy (ETIS, ENSEA, U. Cergy-Pontoise). Other Participants: F. Germinet (AGP, U. Cergy-Pontoise).

Appel à Idées 2008 de l'ISC-PIF

(4 keuros): “Organization of a conference on spatial/amorphous computing”, Supervision: H. Berry, Other Participants: F. Gruau (Alchemy ), O. Michel, J.L. Giavitto (Ibisc, U. Evry).

“Action d'Envergure” ColAge

: an INRIA-INSERM joint grant (3 years) on modeling and simulation of systems biology (official start Feb. 2009). Supervisor: H. Berry. Total amount funded (for 2008): 41 keuros.

GGCC: EU, MEDEA+ program

ITEA Call 8 project on global analysis and optimization in GCC. Our involvment lie in the compiler infrastructure, static analysis in the polyhedral model, and feature extraction for global and contiunous optimization. With CEA (dpt. of energy), UPM (Spain), SICS (Sweden), major industrial partners (Airbus, Telefonica, Bertin) and SMEs (Mandriva, MySQL, and others). 04/2006–04/2009.

ACOTES: EU, IST program

FP6 STREP on language and compiler support for high-performance streaming applications. We are one of the largest contractors in the project, with major involvment in interprocedural optimization and loop transformations for concurrent distributed streaming applications; it is both a programming model and compiler project. With Philips Research (Eindhoven), IBM Research (Haifa), STMicroelectronics (AST Lugano), Nokia (Helsinki), and UPC (Barcelona). 05/2006–05/2009.

MilePost: EU, IST program

FP6 STREP on machine-learning compilation. This project matches one of the core directions of the project: iterative optimization research, with an emphasis on making iterative compilation methods practical in real development environments. With IBM Research (Haifa), ARC (London), CAPS Entreprise (Rennes), IRISA (Rennes), and University of Edinburgh. 05/2006–05/2009.


ANR project on the design of architecture, software tools and algorithms for Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics. With Lal (Orsay), Irisa Rennes (Caps/Alf), IRFU (CEA Saclay), LPT (Orsay), Caps Entreprise (Rennes), Kerlabs (Rennes), LPSC (Grenoble).

PARA: French Ministry of Research

ANR CIGC project on multi-level parallel programming and automatic parallelization. We are involved in automatic code generation approaches for domain-specific and target-specific optimizations; iterative and polyhedral compilation methods are explored in an application-specific context. With Bull, University of Versailles, LaBRI (University of Bordeaux), INT (Evry), CAPS Entreprise (Rennes). 01/2006–01/2009.

APE: French Ministry of Research

ANR RNTL project on parallel real-time applications for embedded systems. We are developing a component-based environment called CAPSULE for distributed-memory processors. It will be applied to a novel processor of STMicroelectronics and tested on applications from Thales. With STMicroelectronics, Thales, University of Paris 6, CEA. 01/2006–01/2009.

PSYCHES: EU, IST program

Marie Curie ToK IAP (Transfer of Knowledge, Industry-Academia Partnership); long-term exchange of personnel and 2 years of post-doc; with Philips Research (Eindhoven) and UPC (Barcelona). 03/2006–03/2009.

SARC: EU, IST program

FP6 FET Proactive IP on advanced computer architecture. The goal is to address all the aspects of a scalable processor architecture based on multi-cores. It includes programming paradigms, compiler optimization, hardware support and simulation issues. CAPSULE is being used as component-based programming approach, and UNISIM for the simulation platform. 01/2006–01/2010.

Embedded TeraOps

A SYSTEMATIC “Pôle de Competitivité” regional funding for the development of a large-scale embedded multi-core architectures, coordinated by Thales. It will initially focus on streaming applications but it will later target programs with more complex control flow. Thales, Dassault, Thomson, CEA, INRIA. 01/2006–01/2010.


MODSIM is an INRIA grant for a joint international team between INRIA and Princeton University. The goal is the development of the UNISIM simulation platform. With Princeton University. 01/2006–12/2009.


French Minister of Research grant to explore biological neuron networks as possible sources of inspiration for future computing systems, with a focus on the complex structure of these networks. Our aim is at the same time to investigate bio-inspired computing systems, and original approaches for the modeling and understanding of biological neural networks. With University of Cergy-Pontoise, University of Nice-Sophia-Antipolis and University of Paris 6. 01/2005–01/2008.


HiPEAC is a network of excellence on High-Performance Embedded Architectures and Compilers. It involves more than 70 European researchers from 10 countries and 6 companies, including ST, Infineon and ARM. The goal of HiPEAC is to steer European research on future processor architectures and compilers to key issues, relevant to the European embedded industry.

The HiPEAC consortium has submitted a second edition of the network, which has started officially since November 2007 and for four years again. Olivier Temam is a member of the steering committee. 09/2004–11/2011. Mounira Bachir spent a 3 months intership (Jan 14th, 2009 till April 14th, 2009) in the Trinity College of Dublin under the direction of David Gregg. item[FET OMP] OpenMediaPlatform (OMP) aims at overcoming the cost and time-to-market risks that affect the development of media-rich evolving services for the growing range of networked consumer devices. It will provide an open architecture, combining two main streams of modern software engineering: (1) open application programmers  interfaces (API) for media components, to be enhanced over standards like Khronos OpenMAX, and (2) new resource-aware system design tools and standards-complying static/dynamic compilers that ease the design, implementation and efficient execution of media services on a range of consumer platforms. 01/2008–12/2009.

ACI Nanosys

French Minister of Research grant to study the impact of alternative technologies, particularly nanotubes, on future computing circuits and architectures. With a large array of French laboratories in VLSI and architecture design.

Hugues Berry is a member of GdR Dycoec: “Dynamique et contrôle des ensembles complexes” ( )


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