CHESS: Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems
What Are Cyber-Physical Systems?The Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems (CHESS) is building foundational theories and practical tools for systems that combine computation, networking, and physical dynamics. In such systems, embedded computers and networks monitor and control physical processes in feedback loops where physical processes affect computations and vice versa. For the last 30 years or so, computers have been increasingly embedded in stand-alone, self-contained products. We are poised, however, for a revolutionary transformation as these embedded computers become networked. The transformation is analogous to the enormous increment in the utility of personal computers with the advent of the web. Just as personal computers changed from word processors to global communications devices and information portals, embedded computers will change from small self-contained boxes to cyber-physical systems, which sense, monitor and control our intrinsically distributed human environment.
Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are integrations of computation, networking, and physical processes. Embedded computers and networks monitor and control the physical processes, usually with feedback loops where physical processes affect computations and vice versa. The economic and societal potential of such systems is vastly greater than what has been realized, and major investments are being made worldwide to develop the technology. There are considerable challenges, particularly because the physical components of such systems introduce safety and reliability requirements qualitatively different from those in general-purpose computing. Moreover, the standard abstractions used in computing do not fit the physical parts of the system well.
Applications of CPS arguably have the potential to dwarf the 20th century IT revolution. They include high confidence medical devices and systems, assisted living, traffic control and safety, advanced automotive systems, process control, energy conservation, environmental control, avionics, instrumentation, critical infrastructure control (electric power, water resources, and communications systems for example), distributed robotics (telepresence, telemedicine), defense systems, manufacturing, and smart structures. It is easy to envision new capabilities, such as distributed micro power generation coupled into the power grid, where timing precision and security issues loom large. Transportation systems could benefit considerably from better embedded intelligence in automobiles, which could improve safety and efficiency. Networked autonomous vehicles could dramatically enhance the effectiveness of our military and could offer substantially more effective disaster recovery techniques. Networked building control systems (such as HVAC and lighting) could significantly improve energy efficiency and demand variability, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and our greenhouse gas emissions. In communications, cognitive radio could benefit enormously from distributed consensus about available bandwidth and from distributed control technologies. Financial networks could be dramatically changed by precision timing. Large scale services systems leveraging RFID and other technologies for tracking of goods and services could acquire the nature of distributed real-time control systems. Distributed real-time games that integrate sensors and actuators could change the (relatively passive) nature of on-line social interactions. The positive economic impact of any one of these applications areas would be enormous.
|June 6, 2014:
Denso has joined CHESS, see the
|February 13, 2014: CHESS, iCyPhy, SwarmLab and TerraSwarm Lunch and Poster Session at the Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS)|
|November 7, 2013: Tenth Biennial Ptolemy Miniconference|
|April 8th, 2013: The First Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems Education was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.|
|March 10, 2013:
JFMI 1.0.1, a Java Wrapper for the Functional Mock-up Interface was released.
The Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) is an emerging standard with the objective to make it easy to share modeling components between various simulation tools and environments.
JFMI is a Java wrapper for FMI.
This release fixes a bug involving reading booleans and adds a facility that builds shared libraries at runtime.
|February 14, 2013: As part of the Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS), the Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems (CHESS) held a Lunch and Poster Session in 545 Cory Hall in conjuction with the Donald O. Pederson Center for Electronic Systems Design.|
|January 17, 2013 UC Berkeley-Led Team Awarded $27.5M for New TerraSwarm Research Center|
|October 25-26, 2012: The NITRD National Workshop on The New Clockwork for Time-Critical Systems was held in Baltimore.|
|June 18, 2012: JFMI-1.0, a Java Wrapper for the Functional Mock-up Interface was released. The Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) is an emerging standard with the objective to make it easy to share modeling components between various simulation tools and environments.|
|February 23, 2012: As part of the Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS), the Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems (CHESS) held a Lunch and Poster Session in 545 Cory Hall in conjuction with the Donald O. Pederson Center for Electronic Systems Design.|
|January 27, 2012: Pt1588: an open source implementation of IEEE 1588-2008 made available.|
|November 17, 2011:
Dr. Patricia Derler has been awarded her degree
sub auspiciis Praesidentis rei publicae (under the auspices of the President of Austria).
Wikipedia's Latin Honors page says that only one out of 2500 doctoral graduates per year achieve this honor. Dr. Derler was awarded a golden honorary ring of Austria by Heinz Fischer, the president of Austria.
Dr. Derler is a postdoctoral visitor focusing on the PTIDES effort.
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|November 6, 2011: The UC Berkeley team (Michael Zimmer and Baruch Sterin) tied for first place at the CADathalon@ICCAD. "In the spirit of the long-running ACM programming contest, the CADathlon challenges students in their CAD knowledge, and their problem solving, programming, and teamwork skills." The CADathlon was 9 hours long.|
|August 2, 2011: Slobodan Matic has placed in the top four winners in Siemens' Smart Grid Innovation Contest. The final ranking will be announced on September 14. Dr. Matic's idea and white paper is "Integrated Architecture and Programming Model for Distribution and Microgrid Automation."|
|January 13, 2010: National Instruments has renewed their support of CHESS.|
|June 12, 2011: The US Army Research Laboratory has funded the Disciplined Design of System of Systems (DDOSOS) project. This project includes research into Multiform Models of Time, Temporal Isolation, Hybrid Models, Correct Composition, Linking Behaviors to Implementation, and Design Drivers.|
|June 1, 2011: Siemens has funded Dr Patricia Derler's "T-REX: Triggered Real-Time Events on XMOS" project.|
|May 25, 2011: PTARM Simulator v1.0 released. PTARM is a simulator for a Precision Timed (PT)ARM Architecture.|
|April 28, 2011 Rome AFRL has funded the second phase of the Ptolemy/Rome AFRL Extensible Modeling and Analysis Framework project.|
|February 16, 2011: Ninth Ptolemy Miniconference, Berkeley, CA|
|February 17, 2011: As part of the Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS), the Ptolemy Project held a Lunch and Poster Session in 545 Cory Hall in conjuction with the Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems (CHESS) and the Donald O. Pederson Center for Electronic Systems Design.|
|January, 2011: Second edition of Structure and Interpretation of Signals and Systems by UC Berkeley Professors Edward Ashford Lee and Pravin Varaiya published.|
|November 27, 2010: The 2009-2010 CHESS NSF ITR Annual Report and the CHESS NSF ITR Final Report (2003-2010) are available.|
|October 28, 2010: Ptolemy II 8.0.1 online demonstrations, documentation and software released.|
|October 24, 2010: Ptolemy Tutorial: Exploring Models of Computation with Ptolemy II Scottsdale, AZ|
|October, 2010: First edition of Introduction to Embedded Systems, A Cyber-Physical Systems Approach by UC Berkeley Professors Edward Ashford Lee and Sanjit A. Seshia published.|
|September 2, 2010: Professor Edward A. Lee and Professor Sanjit A. Seshia receive an NSF Grant: "CPS: Medium: Timing-Centric Software" for work on Ptides and other projects.|
|August 18 & 19, 2010: Strategic Directions in Software at Scale (SaS), Berkeley|
|August 12, 2010: Cyberphysical Systems Education Workshop (CPSEW), Arlington, VA v|
|July 23, 2010: ActionWebs, Berkeley|
|April 12, 2010: First Workshop on Secure Control Systems (SCS), part of CPSWeek2010, Stockholm.|
|February 14, 2010: The NY Times Magazine mentions the UC Berkeley International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) Eugene/Spectacles/Kepler Software effort, sponsored in part by CHESS.|
|February 11, 2010: 2009 Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS). A poster session by students, faculty, and postdoctoral scholars, in the area of embedded software and systems. Areas covered include hybrid systems, control, autonomous systems, modeling and computation, as well as tools and applications in these areas. The posters are available as Publications.|
|January 13, 2010: Toyota has renewed their support of CHESS. Toyota primarily supports the work of Karl Hedrick and Masayoshi Tomizuka at the Mechanical Systems Control Laboratory|
|December 17, 2009: Actionwebs Kickoff Meeting, UC Berkeley.|
|December 2, 2009: High-Confidence Design for Distributed Embedded Systems (HCDDES) MURI Review Meeting, UC Berkeley.|
|November 5, 2009: The Multiscale Systems Center (MuSyC) held its kickoff meeting. From CHESS, Professor Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli is leading the Distributed Sense and Control Systems thrust. Professor Edward A. Lee is also participating.|
|November 4, 2009: Dr. Doug Densmore's Clotho project tied for "Best Software Tool" at MIT's International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. Clotho which uses many ideas from Platform-based design, a key idea from Professor Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli. Clotho includes development of actors and automated assembly processes for the Kepler scientific workflow management system.|
|October 2, 2009: The 2009 CHESS NSF ITR Annual Report is available.|
|September 15, 2009: The NSF funded ActionWebs project starts. This project, lead by Professor Claire Tomlin will develop a theory of "ActionWebs", that is, "networked embedded sensor-rich systems, which are taskable for coordination of multiple decision-makers."|
|July 17, 2009: UC Berkeley Professors Robert K. Brayton, Richard Rudell, Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, and Albert R. Wang will be the first recipients of the ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation (EDA). The award will be presented at this year's DAC conference in San Francisco.|
|May 12, 2009: The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2020, the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act of 2009, which, among several things, "creates a task force to explore mechanisms for carrying out collaborative R&D activities in cyber-physical systems;"|
|April 15 & 16, 2009: The Eighth Biennial Ptolemy Miniconference and Tutorial|
|April 7, 2008: Call for Participation in the The 1st International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation, to be held on July 27, 2008 in San Francisco as part of DAC. Dr. Doug Densmore is the general chair.|
|March 30, 2008: Thales has joined CHESS. ("Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems (CHESS) Overview" Powerpoint presentation)|
|February 28, 2009: Professor Claire Tomlin's STARMAC Quad-rotor Aircraft was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle's article "New UC labs focus on ideas useful to society."|
|February 12, 2009: 2009 Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS). A poster session by students, faculty, and postdoctoral scholars, in the area of embedded software and systems. Areas covered include hybrid systems, control, autonomous systems, modeling and computation, as well as tools and applications in these areas.|
|January 30, 2009: CHESS 2009 Prospectus released. This 20 page brochure covers recent and on-going CHESS activities. Printed copies are available by request from chessadmin.|
|January 26, 2009: Precision Timed (PRET) Architecture Simulator 1.0 available. The goal of the PRET Project is to reintroduce timing predictability and repeatability by judiciously adopting architectural optimization techniques to deliver performance enhancements without sacrificing timing predictability and repeatability.|
|December 8, 2008: Stochastic Hybrid Systems: Theory and Applications Pre-Conference Workshop, 47th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control.|
|December 4, 2008: Professor Thomas A. Henzinger has been appointed the first president of IST (Institute of Science and Technology) Austria, a new research institute and graduate school near Vienna. Professor Henzinger assumes his new position on September 1, 2009.|
|November 14, 2008:
Professor Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli has won the 2009 IEEE/RSE Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award with the following citation:
"For pioneering innovation and leadership in electronic design automation that have enabled the design of modern electronics systems and their industrial implementation"Previous winners of this illustrious award are Sir Timothy Berners-Lee (2008) and Irwin M. Jacobs & Andrew J Viterbi (2007)
|November 9, 2008: Dr. Doug Densmore's Clotho project won a gold medal in MIT's International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. Clotho which uses many ideas from Platform-based design, a key idea from Professor Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli. Clotho also won "best software tool" at iGEM.|
|October 31, 2008 Clotho released by Dr. Doug Densmore's group. Clotho is a software implementation of platform-based design for synthetic biological systems.|
|October 14, 2008: High-Confidence Design for Distributed Embedded Systems (HCDDES) MURI Review Meeting, UC Berkeley.|
|July 31, 2008: Don Winter (Boeing) and others testify in front of the House Science and technology committee about Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and other topics. See the Cyber-physical Systems Page for details.|
|April 21, 2008: Workshop: From Embedded Systems to Cyber-Physical Systems: a Review of the State-of-the-Art and Research Needs, St. Louis, MO.|
|April 11, 2008: Jonathan Sprinkle is featured in a University of Arizona news article, "Engineering Prof Builds Brains for Robotic Cars" that discusses some of his Berkeley efforts such as the DARPA Urban Challenge.|
|April 4, 2008: Ptolemy II 7.0.1 online demonstrations, documentation and software released.|
|Mar 17, 2008: PTIDES is participating in the Google Summer of Code!|
|Mar 7, 2008: The UC Berkeley EECS web page says:
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has established a Collaborative Technology Alliance in the area of Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST). The Berkeley MAST team includes EECS Profs. Michel Maharbiz, Clark Nguyen, Kris Pister, Ronald Fearing, Claire Tomlin, and Shankar Sastry, and includes 8 other universities and NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. The goal of the MAST project is to enable the autonomous operation of a collaborative ensemble of multifunctional, mobile microsystems. The MAST project, including options, provides funding of up to $89 million over the next 10 years.
|Mar 1, 2008:
HSBC Bank has joined CHESS!
We will be using the
|February 21, 2008: 2008 Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS). A poster session by students, faculty, and postdoctoral scholars, in the area of embedded software and systems. Areas covered include hybrid systems, control, autonomous systems, modeling and computation, as well as tools and applications in these areas. The posters are available as Publications.|
|February 7, 2008: Ptolemy II 7.0.beta online demonstrations, documentation and software released.|
|January 24, 2008: We've been posting Embedded Systems Calls For Papers (CFPs).|
|September 6, 2007: Joint Review Meeting of MURI Projects on High-Confidence Design for Distributed Embedded Systems with the Caltech Specification, Design and Verification of Distributed Embedded Systems MURI and the High-Confidence Design for Distributed Embedded Systems MURI was held at Berkeley. The HCDDES Presentations are available.|
|August 9, 2007: Dr. George Anwar and Gabe Hoffman presented their research at National Instruments' NI Week 08. Video of their presentation is available. Dr. Anwar mentions Embedded Systems curriculum at Berkeley, CHESS, Professor Tomlin and the Ptolemy project. Gabe demos the Starmac Quadrotor helicopter. The Ptolemy project is a part of the High-Confidence Design for Distributed Embedded Systems (HCDDES) MURI that is using the Starmac as a target platform.|
|July 19, 2007: Shankar Sastry has named Dean of the UC Berkeley College of Engineering.|
|July 11, 2007: The EU-US Workshop on Wirelessly Networked Embedded Systems occurred on July 10, 2007 in Edinburgh. This workshop is the fourth in the series of themed EU-US workshops after Paris (2005), Washington (March 2006) and Helsinki (June 2006). The theme of the Edinburgh workshop is “Cyber-Physical Systems and Beyond".|
|June 30, 2007: Professor Edward A. Lee and Professor Stephen Edwards have been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant titled """PRET: Precision Timed Architectures".|
|June 17, 2007: The 2007 CHESS NSF ITR Annual Report is available.|
|June 6, 2007: Stephen Edwards' Precision Timed (PRET) Machines talk at DAC is mentioned in the EETimes article, "Designers pitch 'wild and crazy' ideas at DAC."|
|May 9, 2007: Professor Ahmad Bahai has joined the CHESS faculty|
|April 11, 2007:
the current CHESS Executive Director, will
be starting at his faculty position at University of Arizona in July.
Christopher Brooks will be the new CHESS Executive Director.
|March 2007: Professor Alberto L. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli's article, "Quo Vadis SLD: Reasoning about Trends and Challenges of System-Level Design," is the opening paper of a special issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE.|
|February 15, 2007: 2007 Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS). A poster session by students, faculty, and postdoctoral scholars, in the area of embedded software and systems. Areas covered include hybrid systems, control, autonomous systems, modeling and computation, as well as tools and applications in these areas.|
|February 14, 2007: Chess Winter Meeting|
|February 13, 2007: The Seventh Biennial Ptolemy Miniconference and ptutorial.|
|February 9, 2007: Viptos 1.0.2 source code released. Viptos is an interface between TinyOS and Ptolemy II. TinyOS is an event-driven operating system designed for sensor network nodes that have very limited resources (e.g., 8K bytes of program memory, 512 bytes of RAM). TinyOS, is used, for example, on the Berkeley MICA motes, which are small wireless sensor nodes.|
|February 4, 2007: "Ptolemy II 6.0.2" online demonstrations, documentation and software released.|
|January 14, 2007: Ptplot 5.6 released|
|January 11, 2007: Chess faculty member Thomas Henzinger is now an ACM Fellow!|
|October 30, 2006: Viptos 1.0.beta source code released.|
|October 13, 2006:
Metropolis 1.1.2 released.
Metropolis consists of an infrastructure, a tool set, and design methodologies for various application domains. The infrastructure provides a mechanism such that heterogeneous components of a system can be represented uniformly and tools for formal methods can be applied naturally. Metropolis-1.1.2 includes support for SystemC-2.1 and Windows.
|September 20, 2006: Claire Tomlin, UC Berkeley EECS Associate Professor and CHESS Prinicipal Investigator won a MacArthur Genius Award!|
|October 4, 2006: Fall ITR Review, Alexandria, VA.|
|August 23, 2006: The SUPERB Program ended on August 4, and CHESS proudly sponsored Dominique Duncan (University of Chicago), Nandita Mitra (Rutgers University), Nashlie Sephus (Mississippi State University) and Heather Taylor (University of Vermont). These students worked with individual mentors throughout the summer performing research and supporting activities in the area of hybrid and embedded systems. The mentors for the summer were Saurabh Amin, Elaine Cheong, Alex Kurzhanskiy, and Todd Templeton. Each student performed an individual project, culminating in a research paper and poster presentation.|
|May 31, 2006: The 2006 Annual Report is available.|
|May 8, 2006:
The May 2006 IEEE Computer Magazine contains a cover feature
by Edward A. Lee:
"The Problem with Threads"
For concurrent programming to become mainstream, we must discard threads as a programming model. Nondeterminism should be judiciously and carefully introduced where needed, and it should be explicit in programs.
|March 15, 2006: COSI: the COmmunication Synthesis Infrastructure released. The COSI project aims at providing an infrastructure to assist designer in the difficult task of interconnecting components.|
|The BEARS Chess Open House was held on Thursday, February 23, 2006, from 3:00-5:00 pm. Posters available online.|
|February 21-22, 2006: CHESS researchers, Profs. Gabor Karsai, T. John Koo, Shankar Sastry and Janos Sztipanovits, were invited to give lectures at the workshop on Hybrid and Embedded Systems: Technologies and Applications. The workshop was jointly organized by the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation and the Department of Automation and Computer-aided Engineering, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, held at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks. Chess researchers also participated in an Open Forum moderated by the Dr. OnChing Yue, Science Advisor of the Innovation and Technology Commission, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, on many important issues ranging from the scientific research to application development of Hybrid and Embedded Systems in the Greater China Region.|
The NSF Third Year ITR Site Visit was held on Monday, November 21, 2005.
|October 7, 2005:
HyVisual 5.0.1 released.
Hybrid systems are systems with continuous-time dynamics, discrete events, and discrete mode changes. This visual modeler supports construction of hierarchical hybrid systems. It uses a block-diagram representation of ordinary differential equations (ODEs) to define continuous dynamics. It uses a bubble-and-arc diagram representation of finite state machines to define discrete behavior.
HyVisual-5.0-alpha includes better support for combining continuous-time signals and discrete events, include multiple discrete events that occur at the same time.
|October 5, 2005:
Ptolemy II 5.0.1 released.
The Ptolemy project studies modeling, simulation, and design of concurrent, real-time, embedded systems. The focus is on assembly of concurrent components. The key underlying principle in the project is the use of well-defined models of computation that govern the interactions between components. This release includes improved modeling of hybrid systems, a Dynamic Dataflow dowmain and a Heterochronous Dataflow domain.
|August 25, 2005: The Chess server is on new hardware. If you manage a Chess workgroup using CVS, you will need to change CVS servers. See the FAQ for details.|
|July 21, 2005: Ptolemy II 5.0 released.|
|June 6, 2005:
The Chess Center sponsored 6 undergraduates for the summer, as part of the SUPERB-IT program at Berkeley. Meet them, and learn about their research, at the Chess SUPERB-IT website.
|May 11, 2005: Ptolemy III 5.0-beta released.|
|May 11, 2005:
The Chess Review
was held on the UC Berkeley Campus.
|March 4, 2005: HyVisual 5.0-alpha, a block-diagram editor and simulator for continuous-time and hybrid systems.|
|February 18, 2005: Metropolis 1.0.2 released.|
|T. John Koo, Chess alumnus and Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University has received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award of $0.4M spanning April 1, 2005 - March 31, 2010 in support of his research on "Computation Platform for the Design of Hybrid Systems.".|
|February 10, 2005: Open House in association with Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS)|
|November 18-19, 2004: The 2004 NSF Second Year ITR Site Visit was held at UC Berkeley.
|October 28, 2004:
Giotto 1.0.1 released.
The Giotto system is a programming methodology for embedded control systems running on possibly distributed platforms. The Giotto system consists of a time-triggered programming language, a compiler, and a runtime system. Giotto aims at hard real-time applications with periodic behavior.
|October 28, 2004: HyVisual 4.0.2, a block-diagram editor and simulator for continuous-time and hybrid systems.|
|September 20, 2004: Metropolis 1.0 released.|
|The Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at Berkeley - Information Technology (SUPERB-IT) took place from June 14 - August 6 2004.
Project Papers and Posters
|August 4, 2004: Ptolemy II 4.0.1 released.|
|August 4, 2004: VisualSense 4.0.1 Visual editor and simulator for wireless sensor network system released.|
|June 4, 2004: Metropolis 1.0-beta released to Chess website members.|
|May 10, 2004:
The Chess Review was held on the UC Berkeley Campus.
|February 27, 2004: Open house at UC Berkeley held in association with BEARS.|
|January 26, 2004: Kepler: A System for Scientific Workflows, is a cross-project collaboration to develop open source tools for Scientific Workflows and is currently based on the Ptolemy II system for heterogeneous concurrent modeling and design.|
|December 3rd, 2003:
NSF Onsite Review was held at UC Berkeley.
|On August 21, 2003, we released Ptolemy II 3.0.2, a block diagram editor and simulator for continuous-time, hybrid and data flow systems.|
|The Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at Berkeley - Information Technology (SUPERB-IT) took place from June 16-August 8 2003.
Project Papers and Posters
|Annual Report 2003 for the Foundations of Hybrid and Embedded Systems and Software, NSF/ITR Project.|
|May 8, 2003:
The Chess Review was held at The Claremont Hotel in Berkeley.
|On February 27, 2003, Prof. Edward Lee gave an overview of Chess at the CITRIS Founding Corporate Members Meeting at UC Davis. View the video (350Kbps Real Stream). Download Real Networks player. Get the slides as Powerpoint. Get the slides as PDF.|
|On January 31, 2003, we released HyVisual 2.2, a block-diagram editor and simulator for continuous-time and hybrid systems.|
|On January 14, 2003, we relased CHIC, Checker for Interface Compatibility.|
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