Reconfigurable Parallel Computer Architectures for Space Applications
Final rept. 1 Feb 2005-30 May 2012
NEW MEXICO UNIV ALBUQUERQUE DEPT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE
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In this report, we are providing a summary of the two main efforts i the work done on the AFRL-UNM High-End Reconfigurable Computer HERC, and ii the Adaptive Wiring Panel AWP. The AFRL-UNM High-End Reconfigurable Computer HERC is a new multiprocessor architecture for use in high-performance on-board space applications. This architecture was developed to have modular and compact basic processing nodes, interconnected by high-speed communications links that aggressively embed most of their components in Field Programmable Gate Arrays FPGA. We also present an approach for developing the concept of a manifold of adaptive wiring cells connected as a single overall Adaptive Wiring Panel AWP. The main use of the AWP is related to affordable plug-and-play space applications but the concept can be used for different applications. A reconfigurable switch fabric enables dynamic routing of signals and power for space systems.
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