Reservoir Labs Joins Darpa PERFECT Program
Jan 09, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Reservoir Labs has been awarded a research contract with negotiated options up to $8.7M in Darpa's Power Efficiency Revolution for Embedded Computing Technology (PERFECT) program.
According to a release, Reservoir's goal in the PERFECT program is to help develop computer architectures that influence the power efficiency of embedded computing devices from 1 GFLOPS/W to a future 75 GFLOPS/W. This capability is needed for current and next generation military systems such as intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR). Current computer architectures cannot meet the demands of ISR systems within the power, heat dissipation, and weight constraints of military platforms, and this gap is predicted to increase. This is because traditional Moore's Law scaling no longer can increase the performance of computers while maintaining the same power.
As Darpa's PERFECT program scales performance with new computing architectures, new programming tools and new algorithms will be required.
Reservoir said its contribution to the program will be to advance the programming tools for these new power efficient architectures. Reservoir will be leveraging its R-Stream optimization software for the effort. R-Stream uses operations research techniques and polyhedral mathematics to generate efficient choreographies of computation over parallel computing hardware to avoid power-burning communications. Reservoir will be using R-Stream to target the new near-threshold computing processor architectures being developed in the PERFECT program and new algorithms for next generation ISR systems.
Richard A. Lethin, Ph.D., president of Reservoir Labs, said, "It is a great privilege to have been selected by DARPA for this research program. Our team is looking forward to the challenges presented by these new low power architectures and the opportunity to contribute to US security. Furthermore, the technologies from the PERFECT program will have broad impact saving energy and enabling new capabilities for commercial and consumer devices as they rapidly adopt these innovations."
Reservoir Labs specializes in compiler, network, and reasoning technologies.
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