Reservoir Labs Targets PERFECT Parallel Tools for DARPA
Reservoir Labs won an $8.7 million contract to deliver new parallel computing software and tools for DARPA’s PERFECT program that may ultimately be used for consumer systems.Reservoir Labs announced it has been awarded a research contract with options up to $8.7 million in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Power Efficiency Revolution for Embedded Computing Technology (PERFECT) program. New York City-based Reservoir will be developing software to support new highly power efficient embedded computing devices. Resulting technology will support military systems as well as potentially lead to innovations in the mainstream IT and consumer spaces, as has been common over DARPA’s 50-plus year history. Reservoir's goal in the PERFECT program is to help develop computer architectures that improve the power efficiency of embedded computing devices from today's 1 giga floating point operation per second per watt (GFLOPS/W) to a future 75 GFLOPS/W, the company said. This capability is needed for current and next generation military systems such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). Current computer architectures cannot meet the rapidly growing 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, the company said. As DARPA's PERFECT program scales performance with new computing architectures, new programming tools and new algorithms will be required, agency officials said.
Reservoir's contribution to the program will be to advance the state of the art in 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 advanced polyhedral mathematics to generate efficient choreographies of computation over parallel computing hardware to avoid power-burning communications, said Richard Lethin, president of Reservoir Labs. 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.