Hardware Accelerated Simulator for Scattering from Electrically Large Objects and Scenes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-C-1015
Agency Tracking Number: F051-220-0912
Amount: $749,491.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-220
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
51 East Main Street Suite 203, Newark, DE, 19711
DUNS: 071744143
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Durbano
 Chief Hardware Architect
 (302) 456-9003
Business Contact
 Eric Kelmelis
Title: Vice President
Phone: (302) 456-9003
Email: kelmelis@emphotonics.com
Research Institution
Over the past few decades, computational electromagnetics (CEM) researchers have been making steady progress towards the development of efficient algorithms, such as the Method of Moments (MoM), for simulating scattering from electrically large targets. Unfortunately, such techniques have proved too computationally demanding because they require the solution of an often very large and dense matrix. We therefore propose the use of reconfigurable hardware, specifically designed to solve the large, dense matrix equations. In Phase I, EM Photonics demonstrated the viability of using a reconfigurable hardware approach to accelerate the simulation of scattering from electrically large objects. Specifically, a successful hardware prototype was developed that demonstrated the tremendous speedups possible with our acceleration platform. In Phase II, this technology will be extended to create a commercial quality solver for such scattering problems capable of 40x improvements over currently available software implementations. Consequently, simulations that previously required one month of computation time can now be analyzed in less than a day! Given our Phase I success and the numerous academic, commercial, and government groups interested in this technology, we are confident that the Phase II effort will be a complete success, directly enabling the commercialization of this powerful tool.

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