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ATHER - Self-Adaptive Embedded Technologies for Pervasive Computing Architectures



Sami M. G.


Dimitrova D.


Ferrante A.


Taddeo A.



AETHER is an IST-FET project funded under the 6th framework programme (FP6). Selected under the fourth call in the Advanced Computing Architecture (ACA) initiative of the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme, ÃETHER´s main objective is to study novel self-adaptive computing technologies for future embedded and pervasive applications.

European citizens are now living in a world of "pervasive computing", where virtually every object has a processing power. Undoubtedly, computing devices are more ubiquitous and interconnected than ever, fulfilling the most varied tasks with little human intervention. The size of these "pervasive computing" networks is significantly increasing, as well as the variety of the computing devices, both at chip (multicore and reconfigurable architectures) and system level (distributed processing). As their scope of application broadens, processing resources require greater flexibility and scalability to meet the various needs of users. By the year 2020, embedded computing architectures will be far more complex, due mainly to the convergence of High Performance Computing and Embedded Computing technologies, the emergence of new hardware technologies and finally, the multiplication of heterogeneous computing devices.

The purpose of the AETHER project is to show that self-adaptive computing architectures can be a powerful approach to simultaneously addressing the major problems raised by pervasive computing. AETHER´s main objectives are to study, evaluate and propose novel computing architectures responding to the most demanding embedded applications in the next 10+ years. In particular, the AETHER project aims to tackle the issues related to the performance and technological scalability, increased complexity and programmability of future embedded computing architectures by introducing self-adaptive technologies in computing resources. The AETHER consortium will study and propose self-adaptive networked entities (SANE) based on reconfigurable computing architectures, and study their impact at various levels of the computing chain such as operating environments, programming methods and tools and application design. The potential benefits of the proposed approach will be assessed and validated with industrial partners on realistic application scenarios.

Partners: in collaboration with other 13 European partners

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Start date
End date
36 Months
Funding sources
European Commission
European and International Programmes / Framework Programme 6