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LowMISC: Low-SWaP Multi-ISA Computing Platform

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-20-C-0061
Agency Tracking Number: N192-095-0804
Amount: $140,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N192-095
Solicitation Number: 19.2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-10-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-04-08
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive Suite 190
Rockville, MD 20855
United States
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Xiangrong (Sean) Zhou
 Lead Research Scientist
 (240) 406-7749
Business Contact
 Mark James
Phone: (301) 294-5200
Research Institution

In this proposed effort, we propose to develop a low-SWaP Multi-ISA computing platform, LowMISC, to intelligently integrate Multi-ISA systems through high-speed PCIe interconnect. The key innovation of this proposal includes developments of: (1) a Low-SWaP Multi-ISA hardware platform which integrates multiple ISA (X86-64 and ARM64) systems through high-speed PCIe interconnect; The proposed System-on-Chip (SOC) board can be packaged in Enterprise and Datacenter Solid State Drive (SSD) Form Factor (EDSFF) to efficiently integrate into existing servers; (2) an optimized Multi-ISA Popcorn Linux operating system which is optimized with FPGA offloading techniques to reduce system overhead and with energy-aware scheduling techniques to reduce power consumption; and (3) a virtualized Multi-ISA Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) system that can dynamically instantiate Multi-ISA containers and migrate them across different ISA hardware. The Multi-ISA IaaS can efficiently utilize Multi-ISA hardware resources and provide secure and isolated Multi-ISA runtime system. Finally, all the proposed techniques will be integrated in a functional prototype to demonstrate the feasibility of LowMISC.

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