CHREC SPACE PROCESSOR (CSP) TO FLY ON NASA MISSION
The CHREC Space Processor (CSP) has been adopted by NASA for their needs in advanced space computing. The first (called STP-H5/ISEM) of three confirmed NASA missions is upcoming, with more in discussion. CHREC is the NSF Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing, directed by Dr. Alan George. The CHREC team delivered the flight hardware (see photo) to NASA Goddard last November, and the flight software last month, so that NASA can integrate and prepare for launch on a SpaceX flight to the ISS next February.
CSP is unique in the world of space computers, due to the novel manner with which it combines conventional and radiation-hardened electronics and techniques in fault-tolerant computing to achieve a hybrid space system with an unprecedented combination of high speed and reliability with low power, size, weight, and cost. To the best of their knowledge, CSP is the first case of a major UF technology adopted and featured by NASA on their own missions.
The CSP team is led by Dr. George, Chris Wilson, Jacob Stewart and Patrick Gauvin. The team consists of several Ph.D. and several M.S. students in ECE, and about a dozen undergrad students in ECE and CISE. For more information about the NSF Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC), please see: http://www.chrec.org.