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

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,540.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CD78P
Award Id:
95438
Agency Tracking Number:
095238
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
S3
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
5621 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite A, Boulder, CO, 80303
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
806486692
Principal Investigator:
Paul Mullowney
Principal Investigator
(303) 996-2030
paulm@txcorp.com
Business Contact:
Leslie Rosczyk
Business Official
(720) 974-1855
lwr@txcorp.com
Research Institute:
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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