TCRTS Outstanding Technical Achievement and Leadership Award Lecture Opens RTAS 2024

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This year, the RTAS opening session will contain a lecture from the recipient of the TCRTS Outstanding Technical Achievement and Leadership Award (OTALA).

This is an annual award presented to the recipient at the IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium. The 2023 recipient of the award is Marco Caccamo. It is a priviledge for RTAS to host the Marco’s award lecture titled “A Long Journey Through Memory Management,  Real-Time Computing, and Multicore Processors”.


Multiprocessor Systems-on-Chip (MPSoC) have been originally designed for high-performance computing applications, but their rich feature set can be exploited to efficiently implement mixed-criticality domains serving both hard real-time tasks, as well as soft real-time tasks. This talk explores SW-based real-time memory management techniques based on pipelining, scheduling, profiling, and an execution model to show how commercially available MPSoCs can support hard real-time and mixed criticality systems, where cores are strictly isolated to avoid contention on shared resources like Last-Level Cache (LLC) and main memory. In cache-based architectures, the use of cache coloring and task profiling were proposed to avoid conflicts in last-level cache. When ScratchPad Memory (SPM) is either available on the hard cores or implementable on the Programmable Logic (PL) of a heterogeneous MPSoC, a multi-phase execution model for real-time tasks has been proposed to avoid conflicts in shared memory. Some working implementations on modern MPSoC platforms are presented, together with results based on sets of benchmark applications.


Marco Caccamo studied Computer Engineering at University of Pisa (Italy). Following his degree in computer engineering in July 1997, he earned his Ph.D. in computer engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy) in 2002. Shortly after graduation, he joined University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as assistant professor in Computer Science and was promoted to associate professor in 2008, then became a full professor in 2014. Since 2018, Prof. Caccamo has been appointed to the chair of Cyber-Physical Systems in Production Engineering at TUM. Caccamo received visiting professorships at ETH Zurich, and TUM Munich as TÜV Süd Stiftung visiting professor and August-Wilhelm Scheer guest professor. He has chaired Real-Time Systems Symposium and Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium, the two IEEE flagship conferences on Real-Time Systems. He also served as General Chair of Cyber Physical Systems Week. He was awarded the NSF CAREER Award. He is a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship and he is IEEE Fellow.

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