Automotive Computing Conference 2021

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HPC in the automotive sector

Classic vehicles are turning into mobile, software-defined IoT devices. The vehicles of the future require the highest computing performance, with more powerful control units and compliance with continuously stricter standards.
Challenges include security, functional safety, cloud connectivity, increased design complexity, and more. At ACC 2020 we rethink traditional approaches to fit the way we work in our industry. Our renowned speakers will dive into the topic of automotive high-performance computing on many different aspects!

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The conference is an intensive program for managers, project managers, and lead architects, focusing on best practices in the automotive industry. We encourage an open dialog among attendees and participants on opportunities, innovations, and challenges on the topic of automotive high-performance computing.


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8:45 - 8:50
Official welcome

Official welcome

Martin Schleicher | Elektrobit


Martin Schleicher will be your moderator for the day.

8:50 - 9:20
When things get complicated

When things get complicated

Georg Doll | McKinsey


Software is on the rise. It's the no. 1 topic when new functions are developed.
The software market is growing with an average CAGR of ~10%. We look forward to a bright software future, don't we?
But new features introduce new dependencies, and complexity continues to increase.
Decreasing productivity, decreasing quality, ever increasing development costs and project delays are omnipresent.
Successful companies have mastered the most important dimensions. Development tools, program management and talent management are just some of these dimensions.

9:20 - 10:00
Developing next generation Automotive Computing Platforms based on a new value chain

Developing next generation Automotive Computing Platforms based on a new value chain

Berthold Hellenthal | Volkswagen car.SW Org Wolfsburg AG


Future vehicle architectures need to be continuously innovation ready, scalable, a “great” home for software and enable an attractive business case. Building successful scalable architectures for high performance end-2-end use cases requires competences and experiences which are not found in the traditional automotive value chain. The distribution of intelligence within the vehicle and between vehicle and cloud needs to be software driven to enable the desired customer functions, a controllable complexity, new business models and a sustainable as well as affordable life cycle support.

10:00 - 10:30
Accelerating Automotive Innovation with Scalable System Solutions

Accelerating Automotive Innovation with Scalable System Solutions

Lars Reger | NXP


Innovation in the automotive industry has reached a new level of complexity. As the ecosystem evolves towards higher standards in sustainability, automation, and connectivity, the market is shifting from individual components to easy-to-implement and scalable system solutions. Safety and security by design are seen as the foundation of this evolution. At the same time, quality requirements are being tightened, moving towards true zero defects. This demands a different view on the development process for ICs, beyond traditional approaches. In this session, you will hear NXP’s vision on today’s and future system solutions and learn how the company is managing the impact of a rapidly changing market environment.

10:30 - 11:00
Quo vadis, E/E Architecture…or: The ‚next big thing‘: Software Defined Vehicle

Quo vadis, E/E Architecture…or: The ‚next big thing‘: Software Defined Vehicle

Michael Hülsewies | Continental AG


Integration efforts and dependencies become almost unmanageable. We need a paradigm shift to break the vicious circle and enable enormous business potential:
Centralize Compute…and de-couple vehicle SW from device SW
Function / Domain ‚agnostic‘ High-Performance Compute (HPC) Platform Standard
mP / SoC / SoM ‚family‘, supporting modular HPC approach & vertical integration
Sufficient & safe de-central I/O collection / concentration:
De-couple application SW from component base SW & network topology
enabling (µ)Service-Oriented Architecture & Design
Automotive OS and standardized SDK/IDE…incl. Collaboration Platform:
Vertical Enablers & Cloud Connectivity – enabling data management, back-end compute etc.
New business models: SaaP, SaaS, Service / Maintenance agreements until & beyond EOL

11:00 - 11:20

Coffee & networking break

11:20 - 12:00
Software Defined Vehicle – Opportunities and Challenges

Software Defined Vehicle – Opportunities and Challenges

Katrin Matthes | Renault


The Software Defined Vehicle (SDV) is part of the digital transformation occurring in the automotive industry. E/E architectures are evolving from highly distributed architecture based on many different ECUs towards centralized (also called zonal) architectures. SDV delivers vehicle functions enabled by software relying on vehicle HW abstraction and adoption of service-oriented architectures (SOA).
The centralization of vehicle functions with shared service layers reduces the complexity of interaction between vehicle functions that is growing exponentially in distributed architectures with the number of ECUs; at the same time, it increases the complexity of central compute platforms and SW stacks.
The presentation addresses the opportunity of enabling large ecosystems to create rich service offerings and explains technical and non-technical challenges related to SDV.

12:00 - 12:30
Way and challenges up to vehicle central software defined computing

Way and challenges up to vehicle central software defined computing

Krunoslav Orcic | Harman International Corp.


TWe expect more and more intelligence in future vehicles. At the same time, the amount of data explodes. In order to offer intelligence and to process a large amount of data, we need more computing power, significant higher network throughput and significant higher amount of memory and memory throughput.
The future vehicle architecture is evaluated and changed. Requirements and the supplier base are changing. The path and the challenges leading up to Vehicle-Central Software Defined Computing require the cooperation of all of us: IP providers, silicon suppliers, Tier 1-s, OEMs and ecosystem partners.

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch & networking break

13:30 - 14:10
Software Architectures for Automated Driving

Software Architectures for Automated Driving

Simon Fürst | BMW Group


Currently numerous OEMs are working on SAE level 3 “Highway Pilot Systems” to be released in the next vehicle generations. This new customer functionality will become the high-end feature of ADAS that extend existing SAE level 1 to 2 features. A scalable approach for system, ECU, sensor and software architecture is required so that features of higher SAE levels can be added on top while re-using already existing features. This requires on the one hand side an extendable sensor setup with additional sensors complementing the entry-level sensor setup. On the other hand, scalable SoC architectures must be used to enable re-use of software assets from entry level SoCs up to high-end SoCs. But this scalable approach places high demands on a scalable software architecture as well as on safety. Additionally, data driven development places new demands on the software architecture for L3 systems. It is understood that such software systems will be continuously enhanced by data gained from testing while in the development phase and from more data collected by the customer fleet. This requires seamless toolchains with very high automation and efficient regression testing to deliver software updates whenever needed.

14:10 - 14:40
Linux for safe high-performance computing

Linux for safe high-performance computing

Michael Armbruster | Elektrobit


Linux has been used since many years in various domains and meanwhile also found its way into the automotive industry. The main area of automotive application as of now is infotainment. Automotive sees value in expanding the use of Linux into all high-performance compute use cases, driver assist, gateway and full HMI. There, high-assurance security meets the need for ASIL-D, long-term maintenance, real-time capabilities, open-source based implementations and continuous SW updates including functional evolution after SOP.

Linux is predestined to address these needs. The large development ecosystem and a huge community full of Linux experts at all levels drives Linux towards security and performance on embedded multicore systems and PREEMPT_RT provides real-time capabilities that are fully sufficient for ADAS and HMI use cases.

The remaining open challenge is functional safety. Which mitigation means are needed to enable a valid argumentation on systematic capabilities that are compliant to established safety standards such as IEC 61508?

This presentation outlines how to apply Linux for safe applications and aspects such as process proficiency, verification proficiency and integrity proficiency.

14:40 - 15:10
The transformative shift towards software-defined functionality in vehicles

The transformative shift towards software-defined functionality in vehicles

Chet Babla | Arm


A key trend that we see in autonomous systems is the drive towards software-defined functionality, which is being enabled by increases in computing power, and facilitated by the ability to abstract software from the underlying hardware. This emerging design configuration is causing a fundamental shift in the way software is deployed into the embedded space and is allowing cloud-native technologies to be adopted into the vehicle architecture. This presentation will discuss the concept of the “Software Defined Vehicle”, the challenges facing software-defined functionality and the solutions to aid software to deploy multiple services including those for real-time and safety.

15:10 - 15:30

Coffee & networking break

15:30 - 16:00
Sustainable Automotive System and Software Architecture Development

Sustainable Automotive System and Software Architecture Development

Martin Bornemann | Aptiv


Current Automotive E/EA Architectures are consisting of discrete ECUs, which represent a dedicated user function and allow a certain content scaling in vehicle platforms. This concept causes currently long development cycles with high cost and low SW reuse options.
A way out of this situation is a centralized E/EA architecture with small number of ECUs, standardized SW layers and interfaces together with an abstraction of the I/O devices from the main compute units.
Aptiv developed the Smart Vehicle Architecture concept, which enables the sustainable development of Automotive software and hardware in future vehicles. It allows to scale the vehicle content from an entry car with no driver assistance up to a high-class SUV with Level 3/4 Autonomous Driving capabilities. The introduction of zonal controllers and centralized compute units solves the issue of a high number of discrete ECUs and provides a well layered SW structure. New physical interfaces like e.g. PCI Express or MIPI A-Phy will enable the cost-efficient abstraction of sensor interfaces from central compute units. But the most important key success factor will be the standardization of vehicle SW platforms over multiple OEM and Tier1 companies.

16:00 - 16:30
A path to functional safety in the era of increasing complexity

A path to functional safety in the era of increasing complexity

John Wall | BlackBerry QNX


Automotive computing continues to evolve rapidly. Simple microcontroller-based systems are being consolidated into large scale systems and augmented by vision and interpretation systems with deep vehicle control. The proliferation of highly specialized vision and detection hardware, complex math accelerators and an increasing reliance on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning adds to this complexity. Traditional approaches used to build complete behaviour models and to uncover all the hazards of loosely defined systems are limited in their ability to provide adequate insight into the level of safety achieved. These new systems are now heavily data driven, creating the need for increased understanding of the hazards surrounding changes to data sets and training models and their impact the safety of a given system. In this session Mr. Wall will discuss the current challenges inherent to complex systems and lessons learned and explore how new approaches to safety, such as SOTIF will be the future in this new era of automotive system development.

16:30 - 17:00
Purpose built SoCs for software defined vehicles? Opportunities and Challenges

Purpose built SoCs for software defined vehicles? Opportunities and Challenges

Christian Malter | Synopsys


We are witnessing a radical transformation in automotive E/E architectures, both at hardware and software Level, forced by Autonomy, Connectivity and Electrification (ACE). The function developers thrive for the “Software Defined Vehicle”, which implies flexible and dynamic application changes based on Service Oriented Software Architectures and abstracted underlying hardware. While hardware abstraction is desirable from a software perspective, it remains challenging to decouple software from hardware in real-time and safety critical domains and make vehicles become “servers on wheels”. In fact, despite the ongoing introduction of automotive grade High Performance Compute platforms based on CPUs and GPUs in cars, designers are increasing the activity level for purpose-built SoCs, motivated by specific functional, architectural, performance, cost and/or differentiation needs. This talk will outline where and why Purpose-built SoCs make sense, and what it takes.

17:00 - 17:10

Wrap up & closing remarks



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