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SHARK: Software Radio Tools for Power-Efficient Programming of Multi-Core and…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
90362
Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N09A-036-0395
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
RFware LLC
1723 Rockne Drive South Bend, IN 46617 2238
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: SHARK: Software Radio Tools for Power-Efficient Programming of Multi-Core and Many-Core Digital Signal Processors
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-09-M-0333
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

Modern multi-core and many-core digital signal processors (mDSPs) offer greater processing capabilities than any other reprogrammable device, with some even performing on par with an FPGA. mDSP development environments support standard languages such as C/C++, and provide application scheduling optimized for throughput or latency. In order to provide power-optimal application scheduling, e.g., on a handheld battery powered device utilizing an mDSP, a new tool must be created. A properly created software radio is an ideal candidate for this tool, as it can provide for implicit code parallelization and power minimization via scheduling of tasks. RFware and the University of Notre Dame propose to develop a tool that facilitates power-optimized programming of communications algorithm implementations on multi-core and many-core digital signal processors. RFware's proposed tool consists of three primary components: an application for converting existing C/C++/VHDL code into a software radio-based data-flow representation; a power-aware scheduling algorithm for mapping of software radio tasks onto processing cores; and a tool for compiling software radio applications for deployment on embedded devices. Our solution transfers the capabilities of RFware's SHARK software radio onto mDSPs, simultaneously providing algorithm implementation parallelization and power consumption minimization.

Principal Investigator:

J. N. Laneman
Associate Professor
5746318034
jnl@nd.edu

Business Contact:

Brian P. Dunn
Founder & Principal
5742865544
brian@rfware.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

RFware LLC
1723 Rockne Drive South Bend, IN 46617

EIN/Tax ID: 262688609
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Notre Dame
275 Fitzpatrick Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Contact: Jennifer Morehead
Contact Phone: (574) 631-5537
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university