Scalable Optical Networks for Novel Embedded Technology (SONNET)

Project: Research project

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Scalable Optical Networks for Novel Embedded Technology (SONNET) Scalable Optical Networks for Novel Embedded Technology (SONNET) 1. Proposal Summary Over the last decade, significant advances have been made in both photonic devices and embedded communication systems (on chip and to memory). At the same time, the sensor collection capabilities have continued to improve and the nature of applications of interest to the Department of Defense (DoD) has shifted to include collecting and processing of datasets in areas where wide area imagery coverage may not be possible or available. While individual technologies (interconnect devices, low power electronics, imaging sensors, exploitation algorithms) have continued to mature, the technical advancements to truly harness the power of those technologies in an integrated manner have not been made. The factors that contribute to this are: Different stages of technology development (for example, while photonic device technology has been demonstrated; integrated systems on chip have not); Lack of co-design across devices and computer architectures; Lack of co-design across computer architectures and applications. To leverage the potential performance improvement enabled by embedded photonic interconnects integrated in a processing system, demonstrating an integrated application providing a novel operational capability would be highly beneficial. The goal of the SONNET: Scalable Optical Networks for Novel Embedded Technology effort is to develop, design, analyze, and prototype the next generation processing system that meets the requirements of a multi-INT, on-board, exploitation application in context of emerging application domains and shrinking DoD budgets (no new platform will be required). Additionally, the effort will focus on developing a strong transition partnership, enabling technology deployment in the 2020 timeframe.
Effective start/end date9/11/131/31/15


  • DOD: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA): $100,000.00


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