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Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-16-C-0260
Agency Tracking Number: F16A-T11-0138
Amount: $149,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF16-AT11
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-08-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-05-24
Small Business Information
153 Brooks Road
Rome, NY 13441
United States
DUNS: 085851181
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Rian Quinn
 (315) 336-3306
Business Contact
 Nicole Capodiferro
Phone: (315) 336-3306
Research Institution
 University of California, Irvine (UCI)
 Natalie Nodianos
5141 California Avenue, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92697
United States

 (949) 824-8109
 Nonprofit College or University

AIS proposes the Thunderlane effort to define a new operating system model that radically dissolves the boundary between hypervisor and operating system, and leverages state-of-the-art software diversity techniques. In concert, these capabilities provide unparalleled resistance against reverse-engineering, and ensure the reliability and security of application and system software. The Thunderlane effort will achieve this goal by leveraging hardware-based virtualization to define a new operating system architecture: the hyperkernel. Similar to a microkernel, each major component in the hyperkernel system executes in isolation, and communicates via well-defined channels that can be tested and verified. Unlike a microkernel, however, the hyperkernel can leverage existing software (both applications and device drivers) designed for monolithic kernels like Microsoft Windows and Linux providing both the reliability and security of a microkernel, with access to existing software. Furthermore, Thunderlane will use compile-, load- and run-time software diversity techniques to protect the hyperkernel. Via a defensive-in-depth approach, Thunderlane is able to both reduce the probability of a successful attack through diversification while reducing the significance and severity of a successful attack through isolation. This diversified hyperkernel architecture is a much needed step towards significantly improving security and reliability of the systems protecting our nations most valuable assets.

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