Fast, Flexible Real-Time Decision Processor for Triggering Nuclear/High Energy Experiments and Real-Time Analysis of Radar, Medical and Security Images

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-04ER86192
Agency Tracking Number:
76181B04-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Northern Microdesign, Inc.
533 193 Street, Ames, IA, 50010
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Nader Badr
Dr.
(515) 232-0990
nbadr@nmicrodesign.com
Business Contact:
William Black
Dr.
(515) 232-0990
wcblack@nmicrodesign.com
Research Institution:
Iowa State University
Thane J Peterson
Office of Sponsored Programs Administration
2207 Pearson, Rm. 15
Ames, IA, 50011
(515) 294-5225
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
76181-This project will develop a cost-effective, programmable signal processor for the triggering of nuclear and high energy physics experiments. Arrays of latest generation Field Programmable Gate Arrays(FPGAs) will be configured so as to efficiently solve for real-time vertex location in nuclear and high energy physics experiments. In Phase I, algorithms for vertex determination will be developed for each of the Au-Au, proton-Au, and proton-proton collisions expected at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. Processor architecture will be developed to efficiently carry out these algorithms. A prototype will be realized in Phase II. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The processor should be capable of trillions of operations per second at likely production costs of less than ten thousand dollars and in a space comparable to a shoebox. In addition to applications in nuclear and high energy physics, the technology should contribute to commercial and governmental image processing problems such as synthetic aperture radar and computer tomography.

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