ARM-ECS Awarded EPSRC iCASE PhD Scholarship

ARM-ECS Awarded EPSRC iCASE PhD Scholarship

The ARM-ECS Research Centre has been awarded an ARM iCASE scholarship for research on the topic of: “Off and On Again: Optimising Intermittently-Powered Systems”.

The scholarship offered includes both tuition fees (UK/EU students) and an annual tax-free stipend of £17,000 pa for living costs (EU students may be eligible, e.g. if you’re currently studying an undergraduate degree in the UK, see

Candidates who are intelligent, enthusiastic and have an interest in digital systems are encouraged to apply.

PROPOSED RESEARCH AREA: Powering billions of Internet of Things (IoT) nodes will be a significant challenge: batteries increase cost, environmental impact and maintenance. Energy harvesting (EH) scavenges power from sources such as light, vibration, or temperature difference. EH sensor nodes are now being deployed with a battery topped up to smooth out temporal variations in EH and ensure reliable operation. A recent competing approach proposes nodes with no energy storage, which only operate when power is available, maintaining their state in non-volatile memory (NVM) between intermittent power cycles. Such systems either use a purely software approach (taking regular program state checkpoints in NVM) or purely hardware (with all state being in NVM). This project proposes to explore and demonstrate a HW/SW co-design strategy to maximise the amount of useful computation per power-cycle through optimising software structures and the use of NVM.

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