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Memristor-CMOS Analog Co-Processor for Efficient Computation of PDEs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: D16PC00084
Agency Tracking Number: D15C-002-0004
Amount: $149,990.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: ST15C-002
Solicitation Number: 2015.0
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-03-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-12-31
Small Business Information
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Principal Investigator
 Jai Gupta
 (978) 831-2521
Business Contact
 Abbie Mathew
Phone: (617) 283-1363
Research Institution
 University of Massachusetts Amherst
 Carol Sprague
c/o Office of Grant and Contract Administration Research Administration Building, 70 Butterfield Terrace
Amherst, MA 01003-9242
United States

 (413) 545-0698
 Nonprofit College or University

Spero Devices is proposing design of a memristor-CMOS co-processor to implement analog Discrete Fourier Transforms (DFTs). The analog co-processor invokes spectral methods to solve a class of linear and non-linear partial differential equations (PDEs) arising in the scientific simulation of complex systems. Current PDE solution methods are inefficient and often intractable due to limitations associated with discrete variable encoding and serial processing. The proposed analog co-processor will provide over two orders of magnitude improvement in computational latency and power consumption. The memristor devices in the analog co-processor are able to change and remember their resistance state, which has important implications for analog DFT realization since memristor devices can program DFT coefficients and perform vector matrix multiplication (VMM) with the input signals.

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