The FTI programme finances a project led by BSC that brings to market crucial technologies for computing systems in the aeronautical and automotive sectors

23 January 2020

BSC will coordinate the MASTECS FTI project, with three more partners from the industry sector. The aim of the Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) support program is to promote close-to-market innovation activities in any area of technology.

The BSC has been granted funding from the European Programme Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) to participate and lead the MASTECS project whose resulting technologies will be used for the validation of critical software in the aeronautical and automotive sectors.

The Multicore Analysis Service and Tools for Embedded Critical Systems (MASTECS) project aims at developing a validation technology to be used in the embedded software industry in critical systems to facilitate the derivation of reliable software’s maximum execution time bounds. MASTECS’s focus will be on the aviation and automotive sectors mainly, where its solutions can be used, for example, in autonomous driving related software.

MASTECS’ resulting technology will be commercialized in the emerging market of autonomous systems, in which MASTECS will provide solutions for the automation of tests and the verification of the software’s execution time in multicore processors, following aeronautical and automotive safety standards.

In order to reach its goals, MASTECS brings together four EU partners: the BSC, as coordinator and expert on multicore hardware; Rapita Systems (United Kingdom), as provider of on-target verification tools. Also, Marelli Europe (Italy) and United Technologies Research Centre Ireland (Ireland) will contribute with user cases and certification requirements, which are necessary steps to certify the feasibility of the proposed solution.

According to Francisco J. Cazorla, coordinator of the MASTECS project, “it is important for us to be the coordinators of such highly competitive technology transfer projects to ensure that key technologies of BSC reach the market and directly contribute to the evolution of society”.

The Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) programme is part of the Enhanced European Innovation Council pilot (Enhanced EIC pilot). The Enhanced EIC Pilot builds on the lessons learnt from the previous EIC pilot launched in late 2017 and will pave the way to a fully-fledged EIC. The Enhanced EIC Pilot serves as the umbrella for several EU funding instruments, the SME Instruments, the Fast Track to Innovation (FTI), Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Open and Horizon Prizes, thus providing a 'one stop shop' for funding of breakthrough, market-creating innovation across the EU.

  This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 878752.