About Complex Systems Design Research at MuSyC

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FCRP Phase V ended on 31-Jan-2013, and this content may no longer be current.

Longer term microelectronics research is now being sponsored by DARPA and industry participants in STARnet (FCRP Phase VI).


Jan Rabaey, Center Director

Multi-Scale Systems CenterMulti-Scale Systems Center (MuSyC) addresses the conception, implementation, validation and management of distributed information-technology systems that have important features at multiple scales - which could be spatial, temporal, functional, or technological. Linking between scales and taming complexity are the main challenges to be addressed.The grand goal of the MuSyC is to create a comprehensive and systematic solution to the distributed multi-scale system design challenge. While addressing the full portfolio of needs, we have specifically selected as grand challenge the development of "energy-smart" distributed systems. Thus such systems are deeply aware of the balance between energy availability and demand, and adjust their behavior in response through dynamic and adaptive optimization through all scales of the design hierarchy. Common application drivers for which energy is of maximum relevancy will drive research.

Research Focus

A concise formulation of the vision for each of themes helps us understand how to accomplish our vision through a combination of general methodologies and to focus on specific application spaces.

Current research themes in MuSyC:

  • Distributed Sense and Control Systems
  • Large-Scale Systems
  • Small-Scale Systems


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