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Next Generation Radar and Signal Processing Using the Cell Broadband Engine

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-06-M-0208
Agency Tracking Number: N064-005-0369
Amount: $69,636.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-T005
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-08-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-05-31
Small Business Information
310 Via Vera Cruz, Suite 105
San Marcos, CA 92078
United States
DUNS: 199060521
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Charlie Kuznia
 President
 (760) 420-3486
 ckuznia@ultracomm-inc.com
Business Contact
 Charlie Kuznia
Title: President
Phone: (760) 420-3486
Email: ckuznia@ultracomm-inc.com
Research Institution
 THE UNIVERISTY OF PITTSBURGH
 Don Bonide
 
Office of Research 350 Thacke
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

 (412) 624-8839
 Nonprofit College or University
Abstract

The Cell processor architecture represents a significant shift in deeply coupled multi-core processor architecture. In the first implementation, the Cell Broadband Engine (CBE) has broken new ground in clock speed, density and power dissipation. By creating a design optimized for a specific class of algorithms, the CBE can deliver peak performance of over 250Gflops and has been measured with sustained performance of nearly 50X that of conventional processors on multiple benchmarks. Intended as the core processor for the upcoming PS-3 gaming console, the CBE design in optimized for the high computational demands of real time image and scene manipulation. In this project, we will leverage these capabilities to achieve similar performance improvements for selected Navy compute intensive algorithms. In our phase I program, we will identify, analyze and benchmark the performance of specific algorithms of Navy interest. In Phase II, we will deliver and extensible and parameterized library of pre-coded modules for use in CBE-based development environment for Navy systems. BENEFITS: Given the paradigms shift embodied in the Cell Processor architecture, there will a considerable market for an updated software base capable of exploiting the capabilities of this new generation of processors. Radar and signal processing applications on the current chip has significant military and civilian applications. Certain modeling and simulation applications are also like to be able to exploit this architecture. While the specific libraries developed in this project are likely to be limited to military applications, the system implementation strategy and development environment will be easily ported to additional application domains.

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