LJK - Laboratoire Jean Kuntzmann
Under the Optimyst project, researchers will look at how optimization software can be used to design highly complicated electronic systems (i.e., systems with many different parts arranged on several levels). For now, such systems are hard to design due to the vast range of engineering knowledge and skills required. They are usually put together using costly simulations and several "sub-optimal" iterations among the engineers working on each component or subassembly. Optimyst will strive to develop computer models that more closely reflect actual system performance and allow for robust system optimization. The models will be designed for smooth integration into the project partners' software applications.
Optimyst will develop the software required to roll out a specifications methodology for the components of heterogeneous modules. The goal is to provide high-level component specifications for robust overall system-level optimization. Engineers will be able to simulate an entire system and draft its specifications using the software's models of each component, which correspond to a given framework. The project team will also develop specific optimization engines to ensure robust optimization, and to generate component specifications that are less sensitive to uncertainty in values for component size and in the programs used to model the components. The latter achievement will be a first in the field of microelectronics.