Reconfiguration of Component Level Control Network Automation Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-02-C-0328
Agency Tracking Number: N013-0058
Amount: $358,229.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
360 W. 920 N., Orem, UT, 84057
DUNS: 171899594
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Samuel Smith
 (801) 226-7607
Business Contact
 Samuel Smith
Title: President
Phone: (801) 226-7607
Research Institution
 Johns Hopkins Apl
 David V Kalbaugh
 11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD, 20723
 Nonprofit college or university
"This project will develop and implement in embedded hardware the capability needed to configure pre hit, a component level automation infrastructure.This approach optimizes survivability using models of damage or casualty scenarios. This capability willbe demonstrated in a laboratory hardware in the loop simulation. This project leverages the results of several other ongoing research efforts all focused around survivable component level systems based on the ANSI 709.1 protocol.This work further extendsthe dependable topology with network fragment healing concepts.BENEFITS: This project brings together three important enabling technologies; model based reasoning, network fragment healing, and high speed component level embedded distributed processing, toproduce the unprecedented capability, that is, to predict and configure "pre-hit" a component level automation infrastructure to minimize vulnerability and maximize survivability from real time threat and damage information. This approach provides thepotential for decreased latencies in healing and better fight through capability for highly automated (low manned) systems. Moreover, the demonstrated cost effectiveness of the dependable topology with NFH makes it affordable and therefore a primecandidate for future Naval automation ship infrastructure. This project will produce, the first hardware in the loop embedded system capable of pre-hit reconfiguration of a component level network. This will provide the crucial scalable infra-structureneeded for advanced survivable component level networks.The principle military application will be the component level automation infra-structure on board a Naval platform.There are three major immediate commercial opportunities that will be enabled by this project: 1) Load balanced router for optimized component level networks. 2) Combined router/IP gateway with sophisticated routing algorithms. 3) Resilient survivableautomation system for critical services using model based reasoning for state estimation and reconfiguration."

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