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Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing

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NSF Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC) at Florida  (University of Florida)

BYU Site for CHREC I/UCRC  (Brigham Young University)

CHREC -- The NSF Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing  (George Washington University)

I/UCRC Proposal For University Site At Virginia Tech: Center For High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC)  (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing, an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC), focuses its research on reconfigurable, adaptive computing for a broad range of missions, from satellites to supercomputers.  The center aims to establish the nation's first multidisciplinary research center in reconfigurable high-performance computing, and to support industry and government needs with cooperative, cost-effective research programs and rapid technology transfer.

Reconfigurable computing, a computer architecture which provides flexibility through features such as  field-programmable hardware, is emerging as a promising paradigm of high-performance information processing.  It promises to be useful for a broad range of applications, in areas such as signal and image processing, cryptology, communications, data and text mining, bioinformatics, and complex system simulations. The I/UCRC is devoted to scientific and engineering research in architectures, algorithms, programming, services, and systems that can advance both hardware-reconfigurable and parallel processing.

Reconfigurable systems can work for a variety of platforms, from large-scale machines on earth to mission-critical machines in space. Advantages can be realized in performance, power, size, cooling, cost, versatility, scalability, and dependability.


Education & Outreach

An I/UCRC not only contributes to the nation's research infrastructure base; it also enhances the intellectual capacity of the science and engineering workforce through the integration of research and education. The program leverages NSF funding with industry resources to support students performing industrially relevant and interdisciplinary research.

The Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing seeks to enhance the educational experience for a large set of graduate and undergraduate students, providing a highly educated and skilled workforce for this growing field.

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