FAUST: Finite-field Algebra for Unbeatable Situational-awareness in Tactical-networks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-12-C-0019
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4651
Amount: $414,948.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-170
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000, Woburn, MA, -
DUNS: 859244204
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Carlos Gutierrez
 Senior Research Engineer
 (781) 933-5355
Business Contact
 Jay Miselis
Title: Corporate Controller
Phone: (781) 933-5355
Email: contracts@ssci.com
Research Institution
Scientific Systems Company, Inc. proposes FAUST, the Finite-field Algebra for Unbeatable Situational-awareness in Tactical-networks. FAUST utilizes CPISync, an advanced data set reconciliation (or data base synchronization) primitive developed at Boston University that provides information-theoretic guarantees on communication complexity. This primitive will have a great impact on improving network performance by enabling larger aggregation of data (scalability), higher rates of data collection during link failures and efficient utilization of low bandwidth data links. It significantly improves the synchronization and transmission of different types of Situational Awareness (SA) information among nodes using common SA platforms such as FBCB2. In Phase I, SSCI demonstrated FAUST offers performance improvements over baseline standard data synchronization mechanisms for ordered data such as flooding or epidemic dissemination. The demonstration was performed using a virtual network, and metrics such as SA picture quality, communication latency, volume of data synchronized per unit time were used for comparison. Phase II will continue this work by enabling user self management in the field, such as allowing the users to select the groups that it belongs to. It will also provide improved recovery mechanisms for failed synchronizations, data prioritization and more efficient many-to-many synchronization mechanisms. A demonstration of two scenarios involving several nodes, an SA picture synchronization scenario and a mission planning scenario, will be developed using tablet devices running Android.

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