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Company Information:

Company Name: EM Photonics, Incorporated
City: Newark
State: DE
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (302) 456-9003

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,757,945.00 29
SBIR Phase II $11,220,504.00 16
STTR Phase I $1,139,056.00 12
STTR Phase II $3,499,790.00 5

Award List:

Electromagnetic-Based Computer Aided Design (CAD) for Wavelength Scale Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dennis Prather, CEO
Award Amount: $69,997.00
Abstract:
In this effort we proposed to develop an integrated software environment for the rigorous electromagnetic analysis and design of diffractive optical elements (DOEs). To this end, we will develop a user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) specificallygeared towards DOEs; we will refine, expand… More

Electromagnetic-Based Computer Aided Design (CAD) for Wavelength Scale Optics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Juan Gonzalez, VP for Research and Devel
Award Amount: $730,000.00
Abstract:
A nearly universal trend in modern technology is the continued integration of systems, and their associated devices, on decreasingly smaller scales. While this has led to personal computers that offer more functionality and faster computational speeds, ithas also spurred the development of hybrid… More

Nanophotonics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Delaware
Principal Investigator: Gregory Behrmann, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,586.00
RI Contact: Dennis Prather
Abstract:
"Advances in integrated circuit manufacturing techniques have allowed for the miniaturization of devices on rapidly decreasing scales. In the last decade, we have witnessed the emergence of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) from the laboratory to acommercially viable industry that is estimated… More

Photonic Crystal Chip-scale Optical Networks

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF DELAWARE
Principal Investigator: Gregory P. Behrmann, Vice President
Award Amount: $99,838.00
RI Contact: Dennis Prather
Abstract:
As the clock speeds of integrated circuits continue to increase, the technological limits of all-electrical interconnects are becoming the overwhelming limit to system performance. In particular, over 80% of the latency in current ICs is due tointerconnect limitations. Moreover, current processors… More

Rigorous Analysis and Design of Nano-Photonic Devices using a Novel Hardware Approach

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: James Durbano, Chief Hardware Engineerin
Award Amount: $98,910.00
Abstract:
A nearly universal trend in modern technology is integrating systems, and their associated devices, on decreasingly smaller scales. Examples range from complete telecommunication systems on a chip to implantable medical devices smaller than human cells.The majority of these devices apply hybrid… More

A Low-cost, High-resolution Pressure Mapping System for Prevention of Pressure Ulcers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: ED
Principal Investigator: Gregory Behrmann
Award Amount: $75,000.00

Hardware Accelerated RF Modeling of Shipboard Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Durbano, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,795.00
Abstract:
In this effort we propose to develop an integrated analysis and design environment for the rigorous electromagnetic analysis and design of complex shipboard RF interactions for low frequencies (30MHz-2GHz). This integrated environment will include theability to predict the scattering and EMI… More

SBIR Phase I: High Density Optical Data Storage Based on Photonic Band Gap Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Gregory Behrmann
Award Amount: $99,814.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 project addresses the market need for advances in commercial optical data storage technology. The demand for increased data capacity, higher performance, and the commercial success of products such as digital versatile disks (DVDs) is ever… More

Fiber Optical Micro-Sensor for Measuring Tendon Forces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Gregory P. Behrmann
Award Amount: $99,821.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The ability to accurately measure in vivo tendon forces would have a broad impact on assistive technologies as well as our scientific understanding of the human neuromuscular control system. Myoelectric prosthetics and functional electrical stimulation devices… More

Photonic Band Gap Devices for Commercial Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Delaware
Principal Investigator: Gregory P. Behrmann, Vice President
Award Amount: $499,805.00
RI Contact: Dennis Prather
Abstract:
Advances in fabrication technology have made it possible to prodce features that are smaller than the wavelength of light. As such a new class of optical devices based on submicron periodic structures has emerged and is referred to as photonic crystals (PhC) or photonic band gap devices (PBGs).… More

Rigorous Analysis and Design of Nano-Photonic Devices using a Novel Hardware Approach

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: James Durbano, Chief Hardware Architect
Award Amount: $748,879.00
Abstract:
A nearly universal trend in modern technology is integrating systems, and their associated devices, on decreasingly smaller scales. Examples range from complete telecommunication systems on a chip to implantable medical devices smaller than human cells. The majority of these devices apply hybrid… More

Hardware Assisted Electronic Circuit Simulation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: James Durbano, Chief Hardware Architect
Award Amount: $98,770.00
Abstract:
In this proposal, we outline an approach for performing a complete electromagnetic analysis of electrical circuits in a fraction of the time that is currently possible. As clock rates increase, the need for such analysis grows. Current tools are inadequate to handle this burden. The computational… More

Chemical Nano-Imprint Lithography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Ahmed Sharkawy, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $98,808.00
Abstract:
The rapid expansion in the electronics industry has given rise to what has become known as Moore's law. At its core, lies advances in lithography that enable the miniaturization of features patterned on semiconductor substrates. As the minimum feature patterned on modern integrated circuits… More

Low Cost, High Resolution, Pressue Mapping System for the Prevention of Pressure Ulcers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: ED
Principal Investigator: Behrmann P.
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Pressure ulcers are a serious medical problem with annual treatment costs over $1 billion dollars. While the exact etiology involves a complex combination of factors, it is generally accepted that prolonged pressure to soft tissues results in discrete areas of acute ischemia. If the pressure is not… More

Low Cost, High Resolution, Pressue Mapping System for the Prevention of Pressure Ulcers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: ED
Principal Investigator: Behrmann P.
Award Amount: $500,000.00
Abstract:
Pressure ulcers are a serious medical problem with annual treatment costs over $1 billion dollars. While the exact etiology involves a complex combination of factors, it is generally accepted that prolonged pressure to soft tissues results in discrete areas of acute ischemia. If the pressure is not… More

Flat Head-Mounted Displays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Greg Behrmann, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $98,900.00
Abstract:
A number of military situations require individual soldiers and pilots to instantaneously respond to complex visual scenes and make rapid decisions regarding potential threats. Text and graphics overlaid on the scene provide a means to aid the soldier in the decision making process. Helmet mounted… More

Hardware Assisted Electronic Circuit Simulation System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: James Durbano, Chief Hardware Architect
Award Amount: $749,834.00
Abstract:
In Phase I, EM Photonics demonstrated the viability of using a reconfigurable hardware approach to accelerating the simulation of electronic circuits based on their electromagnetic properties. In Phase II, this technology will be used to create a solver capable of analyzing mixed signal circuits 64… More

Chemical Nano-Imprint Lithography

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Ahmed Sharkawy, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $749,958.00
Abstract:
The overall objective of this Phase II project is to optimize the fabrication procedure associated with the chemical lithography proposed in Phase I to fabricate nanophotonic structures and devices at a fraction of the cost of existing technologies. We plan to use our optimized chemical lithography… More

Fiber Optical Micro-Sensor for Measuring Tendon Forces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Gregory P. Behrmann
Award Amount: $749,210.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The ability to accurately measure in vivo tendon forces would have a broad impact on studying tissue properties, advancing assistive technologies, and furthering our scientific understanding of the human neuromuscular control system. Myoelectric prosthetics and… More

Hardware Accelerated Simulator for Scattering from Electrically Large Objects and Scenes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Durbano, Chief Hardware Architect
Award Amount: $99,933.00
Abstract:
Identifying a means of accurately simulating the scattering and radiation from large objects and scenes in a reasonable timeframe has been an active area of research for decades. Traditionally, addressing this problem has required either trading accuracy and flexibility for performance or running… More

An Efficient Method for Fabricating Three-Dimensional Photonic Crystal Structures with Engineered Defects using High Index Polymer Materials.

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ahmed Sharkawy, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,981.00
Abstract:
In this proposal we will develop a general method for fabricating 3D polymer based Photonic Crystal structures (PhCs) with engineered defects. The criterions of such a method include the generality of producing various periodic arrangements of 2D, 3D PhCs with or without aperiodic features,… More

Hardware Accelerated Simulator for Scattering from Electrically Large Objects and Scenes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Durbano, Chief Hardware Architect
Award Amount: $749,491.00
Abstract:
Over the past few decades, computational electromagnetics (CEM) researchers have been making steady progress towards the development of efficient algorithms, such as the Method of Moments (MoM), for simulating scattering from electrically large targets. Unfortunately, such techniques have proved… More

Development of Advanced Polymer Based Photonic Crystal Devices and Fabrication Processes

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Ahmed Sharkawy, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $749,927.00
Abstract:
Photonic crystals have led the way for miniaturizing application specific optical integrated circuit (ASOIC) to a scale comparable to the wavelength of light which in turn made them a good candidate for next generation high-density optical systems and interconnects. Polymer based Photonic Crystal… More

Real-time Atmospheric Disturbance Compensation Using Hardware-Accelerated Speckle Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABS
Principal Investigator: James Durbano, Chief Hardware Architect
Award Amount: $99,946.00
RI Contact: Carmen Carrano
Abstract:
Atmospheric disturbances are a major performance-limiting factor in long-range optical systems. In particular, for the Airborne Laser (ABL) the ability of distinguish targets from a long distance is crucial for mission success. Despite the progress in optics and sensor technology, blurring in… More

Enhanced Realtime Millimeter Wave Imaging Using Hardware Acceleration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Durbano, Chief Hardware Architect
Award Amount: $69,933.00
Abstract:
While the need for effective millimeter wave (mmW) imaging systems is clear, there remains a significant gap in the technology needed to realize it, namely the ability to process and enhance mmW imagery in a real-time manner. This is particularly important because raw mmW images appear very fuzzy,… More

Reconfigurable Nanophotonic Optical Interconnects for Advanced FPGAs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF DELAWARE
Principal Investigator: Ahmed Sharkawy, Director Of Photonic Applications
Award Amount: $99,954.00
RI Contact: Dennis Prather
Abstract:
Optically interconnected systems provide a number of additional benefits. For example, by removing metallic traces, many signal integrity issues are also eliminated as the parasitic capacitance and inductance associated with high-speed lines are removed, which further improves systems performance.… More

Processor for Real-Time Atmospheric Compensation in Long-Range Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James Durbano, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,973.00
Abstract:
Range surveillance is a critical component of space exploration because of its implications on safety, cost, and overall mission timeline. However, launch delays, due to the difficulty of verifying a cleared range, are common and will increase as spaceports are developed in new areas. In order to… More

Accelerated Numerical Processing API Based on GPU Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John A. Humphrey, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,996.00
Abstract:
The recent performance increases in graphics processing units (GPUs) have made graphics cards an attractive platform for implementing computationally intense applications. With their numerous parallel computational pipelines and SIMD architecture, modern GPUs can outperform high-end microprocessors… More

Processor for Real-Time Atmospheric Compensation in Long-Range Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James L. Durbano, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,357.00
Abstract:
Long-range imaging is a critical component to many NASA applications including range surveillance, launch tracking, and astronomical observation. However, significant degradation occurs when imaging through the Earth's atmosphere. The subsequent effects of poor image quality range from… More

Enhanced Realtime Millimeter Wave Imaging Using Hardware Acceleration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Eric Kelmelis, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $444,062.00
Abstract:
While the need for effective millimeter wave (mmW) imaging systems is clear, there remains a significant gap in the technology needed to realize it, namely the ability to process and enhance mmW imagery in a real-time manner. This is particularly important because raw mmW images appear very fuzzy,… More

Accelerator for UAV Modeling in Near-Ship Environments Based on Commodity Graphics Cards

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: PENN STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: James Durbano, Chief Hardware Architect
Award Amount: $69,987.00
RI Contact: Lyle Long
Abstract:
UAVS (Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle System) integration with naval vessels is currently realized in limited form. This is largely due to the fact that the operational envelopes of these vehicles are based solely on at-sea flight testing. In addition to the complexities involved with at-sea flight… More

Hardware Accelerated Super Resolution for MDA Interceptors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Fernando Ortiz, Program Manager
Award Amount: $99,981.00
Abstract:
MDA is currently developing advanced interceptors for its BMDS. Imaging technology is crucial to this effort for several purposes, including navigation, false-alarm/decoy identification, and estimation of position and speed of potential targets. Although high-resolution imaging systems are readily… More

Biologically Inspired Reconfigurable Computer for High-speed Object Avoidance in Small UAVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Fernando Ortiz, Project Manager
Award Amount: $69,931.00
Abstract:
For this project, we plan to collaborate with researchers in the neuroscience department at the University of Delaware to develop an FPGA-based embedded computer, inspired in the brains small vertebrates (fish). The mechanisms of object detection and avoidance in fish have been extensively studied… More

Enhancing FPGA Performance Through Integrated Optical Interconnects

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: UNIV. OF DELAWARE
Principal Investigator: Ahmed Sharkawy, Director Of Photonic Applications
Award Amount: $749,997.00
RI Contact: Dennis Prather
Abstract:
FPGAs have attracted a great deal of attention over the past decade because of their performance, scalability, and cost relative to traditional hardware platforms. However, one of the most significant disadvantages of FPGAs is based on the underlying architecture on which they are built. … More

Accelerated Numerical Processing API Based on GPU Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Humphrey, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,942.00
Abstract:
The recent performance increases in graphics processing units (GPUs) have made graphics cards an attractive platform for implementing computationally intense applications. With their numerous parallel computational pipelines and SIMD architecture, modern GPUs can outperform high-end microprocessors… More

High Efficiency Stretchable (Highly Conformable) Photovoltaics for Expeditionary Forces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: University Of Delaware
Principal Investigator: Ozgenc Ebil, Senior Scientist
Award Amount: $69,998.00
RI Contact: Robert Birkmire
Abstract:
The next generation of photovoltaic systems need to meet both physical (shape, size, packaging, durability) and electronic (efficiency, stability) requirements of applications that are not possible to implement today. One of these requirements is to be able to stretch electronic devices without… More

GPU-Based CFD Analysis for Modeling Complex UAV Flight Scenarios

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Michael Bodnar, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $98,952.00
Abstract:
Recent advances in computing have produced special-purpose hardware comprised of vector processors streamlined for high-performance computations. Development of these devices, such as graphics processing units (GPUs) and the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell Processor), has been advanced by the videogame… More

Hardware Accelerated Super Resolution for MDA Interceptors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Fernando Ortiz, Project Manager
Award Amount: $999,970.00
Abstract:
MDA is currently developing advanced interceptor technology for its BMDS. High-quality imagery is crucial to this effort for several purposes, including navigation, false-alarm/decoy identification, and estimation of position and speed of potential targets. Although high-resolution imaging systems… More

Ultrafast Hybrid Active Materials and Devices for Compact RF Photonics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University Of Delaware
Principal Investigator: Ahmed Sharkawy, Director, Photonic Applications
Award Amount: $99,987.00
RI Contact: Dennis Prather
Abstract:
Optical components for RF-photonic applications such as communication satellites, avionics, optical networks, sensors and phase array radar will require high speed, high capacity and low power. Due to the nature of crystalline electro-optic materials (LiNbO3, GaAs, InP, etc.) today's commercial… More

Silicon-Based Nanomembrane Photonic and Electronic Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Delaware
Principal Investigator: Ahmed Sharkawy, Director of Photonic Applications
Award Amount: $99,985.00
RI Contact: Dennis Prather
Abstract:
This proposal deals with advanced design architectures for realizing silicon-based reconfigurable and stackable photonic analog signal processing engines supported on flexible or flat substrates using crystalline Si-based nanomembrane technology. Silicon nanomembranes are single crystals of Si that… More

Accelerated Linear Algebra Solvers for Multi-Core GPU-Based Computing Architectures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Delaware
Principal Investigator: John Humphrey, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $99,970.00
RI Contact: Michela Taufer
Abstract:
Many large-scale numerical simulations can be broken down into common mathematical routines. While the applications may differ, they often need to perform standard functions such as system solves, Fourier transforms, or eigenvalue calculations. Consequently, producing fast, efficient implementations… More

GPU-Accelerated Sparse Matrix Solvers for Large-Scale Simulations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Humphrey, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,961.00
Abstract:
Many large-scale numerical simulations can be broken down into common mathematical routines. While the applications may differ, the need to perform functions such as matrix solves, Fourier transforms, or eigenvalue analysis routinely arise. Consequently, targeting fast, efficient implementations… More

Integrated Chip Optical CDMA for Transport Layer Security

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ahmed Sharkawy, Director of Photonic Appl
Award Amount: $79,954.00
Abstract:
Optical CDMA is most suitable to be applied to high speed LAN to achieve contention-free, zero delay access, where traffic tends to be bursty rather than continuous. Channel assignment is much easier with CDMA. CDMA isolates irregular channels so that they do not influence other channels, CDMA can… More

GPU-Based High-Performance Computing for Accelerated Design and Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: John Humphrey, Principal Investigator – (302) 456-9003
Award Amount: $749,973.00
Abstract:
Commodity graphics processing units (GPUs) offer tremendous computational throughput for relatively little cost. They have been shown to outperform microprocessors in the important metrics of FLOPS/dollar, FLOPS/Watt, and FLOPS/unit space and have already been applied to a wide range of numerically… More

Enhanced Realtime Millimeter Wave Imaging Using Hardware Acceleration- CPP

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Petersen Curt, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $749,968.00
Abstract:
The ultimate goal of this Commercialization Pilot Program (CPP) effort is to design, build, and integrate flight-ready custom electronics for a 220-channel MMW distributed-aperture imager. This work bases on a previous SBIR project, in which we constructed a single-channel prototype of the phase… More

Lossless Non-Blocking Single-Mode Fiber Optic Wavelength Router

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Ahmed Sharkawy, Director, Photonic Applic
Award Amount: $79,984.00
Abstract:
In this Phase I SBIR effort we will investigate the feasibility of design and optimization of an optically interconnected optical router using a photonic crystal-based switching fabric and by carefully engineering the spatial and temporal properties of such periodic structures. We will take multiple… More

GPU-Accelerated Sparse Matrix Solvers for Large-Scale Simulations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Humphrey, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,951.00
Abstract:
At the heart of scientific computing and numerical analysis are linear algebra solvers. In scientific computing, the focus is on the partial differential equations (PDEs) that arise from computational fluid dynamics (CFD), climate modeling, astrophysics, and structural and heat analysis that cannot… More

Linear Algebra Libraries for Massive GPU Clusters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Humphrey, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,924.00
Abstract:
In an attempt to build more computationally powerful systems and improve the FLOPS/dollar and FLOPS/Watt of high-performance computers (HPCs), we have recently seen the proliferation of GPU-based clusters. Many major vendors are now supporting this technology and such systems are becoming… More

Compressed Sensing for Space-Based High-Definition Video Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Fernando Ortiz, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,984.00
Abstract:
Space-based imaging sensors are important for NASA's mission in both performing scientific measurements and producing literature and documentary cinema. The recent proliferation of high-definition capture devices and displays (HDTV) provide the general public with first-hand human experiences… More

Scalable Aero-Load and Aero-Elasticity Solvers for Massively Parallel Heterogeneous Computing Architectures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Delaware
Principal Investigator: John R. Humphrey, Senior Engineer – (302) 456-9003
Award Amount: $99,973.00
RI Contact: Susan Tompkins
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: We propose to apply modern massively multicore processors to a key problem area of interest to the Air Force: multiphysics computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and computational structural dynamics (CSD) solvers. The capabilities of the CPU to solve these problems have been increasing… More

Heterogeneous Integration of Nanomembrane Based Photonic/Electronic Signal Processing Modules

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Delaware
Principal Investigator: Ahmed Sharkawy, Director, Photonic Applications – (302) 456-9003
Award Amount: $749,998.00
RI Contact: Dennis Prather
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Crystalline semiconductor nanomembranes (NMs) possess the electronic/photonic properties of bulk material, although they are flexible, deformable, and conformable. Semiconductor nanomembranes offer unique opportunities for novel active/ passive electronic, and photonic devices suitable… More

Satellite Optical Backplane

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ahmed Sharkawy, Director of Photonic Applications – (302) 456-9003
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Optical interconnects are the natural choice for interconnecting different chips when current interconnect technologies cannot fulfill current and future system requirements. Examples of optical interconnect architectures are free-space multistage interconnect, optical fiber interconnect,… More

A Platform-Independent Framerwork for Efficient Massively Parallel Execution

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Research Institution: University of Delaware
Principal Investigator: John Humphrey, Senior Engineer – (302) 456-9003
Award Amount: $99,844.00
RI Contact: Michela Taufer
Abstract:
Next-generation high-performance computers (HPCs) are built as massively parallel systems where the parallelism exists at many levels. These systems are a collection of nodes all working together. Each node generally contains more than one processor and each processor contains multiple cores. … More

Accelerated Linear Algebra Solvers for Multi-Core GPU-Based Computing Architectures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Delaware
Principal Investigator: John Humphrey, Director of Computing – (302) 456-9003
Award Amount: $749,992.00
RI Contact: University O. Delaware
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: High-performance computing (HPC) programmers and domain experts, such as those in the Air Force's research divisions, develop solvers for a wide variety of application areas such as modeling next generation aircraft and weapons designs and advanced image processing analysis. When… More

Ultrafast Hybrid Active Materials and Devices for Compact RF Photonics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: University of Delaware
Principal Investigator: Ahmed Sharkawy, Vice President of Photonics – (302) 456-9003
Award Amount: $749,998.00
RI Contact: Dennis Prather
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: Optical control of RF-signal transmission presents an attractive avenue for processing and transmitting RF information using various optical components, as opposed to electronic control, where metallic wires/cables are required. On a macroscopic scale, optical fibers offer low… More

Advanced Long-Range Video Capabilities Using Speckle Imaging Techniques

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Fernando Ortiz, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,955.00
Abstract:
Flight-testing is a crucial component in NASA's mission to research and develop of new aeronautical concepts, allowing for verification of simulated and wind-tunnel results, and exposing previously unforeseen design problems. Video is an invaluable tool for flight-testing, allowing the… More

OpenCL-Based Linear Algebra Libraries for High-Performance Computing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Kyle Spagnoli, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,959.00
Abstract:
Despite its promise, OpenCL adoption is slow, owing to a lack of libraries and tools. Vendors have shown few signs of plans to provide OpenCL libraries, and were they to do so they would likely be incompatible with one another, much as NVIDIA's BLAS (CUDA) is presently not interchangeable with… More

Unified, Cross-Platform, Open-Source Library Package for High-Performance Computing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John Humphrey, Mr.
Award Amount: $149,923.00
Abstract:
Changing technologies in the high-performance computing (HPC) space lead to the creation of new tools and libraries to support each emerging paradigm. Many of these are designed only for specific configurations or for use in certain cases, which makes it difficult for a programmer to know which tool… More

Intuitive Open Platform Usage of ASCR Resources in NumPy

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: John Humphrey, Mr.
Award Amount: $149,923.00
Abstract:
The Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program from the Department of Energy (DOE) has over the years sponsored the development of many important codes, such as Lattice QCD, Trilinos, PETSc, and Paraview, some of which are libraries. The use libraries in their code allows scientists to… More

A New Standard for Power-Aware Programming

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Petersen Curt, Senior Engineer – (302) 456-9003
Award Amount: $99,888.00
Abstract:
New enhancements to mobile computers including smaller sensors, displays and powerful processors have made them much more attractive for the battlefield, not only as wearable systems for soldiers, but also unattended ground sensors a warfighter can leave behind for situational awareness.… More

Satellite Optical Backplane

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Ahmed Sharkawy, VP of Photonics – (302) 456-9003
Award Amount: $749,982.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: there is a clear need for a radically new interconnect architecture that minimizes the routing delay through the backplane to enable increased performance, reduced costs, and faster time to market. To this end, we propose the development of a space compatible optically interconnected… More