Software Tools for Rapid Algorithm Development on HPC, Data-Processing Hardware

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10CD78P
Agency Tracking Number: 095238
Amount: $99,540.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: S3.07
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
5621 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite A, Boulder, CO, 80303-1379
DUNS: 806486692
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Mullowney
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 996-2030
 paulm@txcorp.com
Business Contact
 Leslie Rosczyk
Title: Business Official
Phone: (720) 974-1855
Email: lwr@txcorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Current and future NASA missions are confronted with the challenge that the amount of data collected by its sensors significantly outpaces the down-link bandwidth. As a consequence, initial data reduction has to occur on-board, using algorithms sophisticated enough to sufficiently reduce the amount of data while simultaneously ensuring the preservation of valuable information. This requires enhanced processing power on-board the spacecraft/device/telescope. While future generations of rugged, radiation-hardened hardware can be expected to deliver the necessary performance by employing highly heterogeneous architectures consisting of a combination of FPGAs, DSPs and massively multicore architectures, software development for such devices poses a significant challenge. We prepose to develop tools that facilitate and accelerate algorithm development on these hardware devices. The tools will enable scientists to prototype algorithms in the High-Level language that they are most familiar with while simultaneously building code for high-performance computational hardware.

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