NASA SBIR 2020-II Solicitation

Proposal Summary

Proposal Information

Proposal Number:
20-2- Z2.02-5909
Phase 1 Contract #:
Subtopic Title:
High Performance Space Computing Technology
Proposal Title:
Deep Learning Processing Subsystem (DLPS): A HPSC-Compatible Deep Learning Coprocessor

Small Business Concern

Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 190, Rockville, MD 20855
(301) 294-5221                                                                                                                                                                                

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Xiangrong (Sean) Zhou
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 190, MD 20855 - 2814
(240) 406-7749                                                                                                                                                                                

Business Official:

Mark James
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 190, MD 20855 - 2814
(301) 294-5221                                                                                                                                                                                

Summary Details:

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :                                                                                                                                                          
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Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words):

In this proposed effort, we propose to develop a Deep Learning Processing Subsystem (DLPS) solution for HPSC system. The DLPS solution can significantly improve the performance and energy efficiency of the HPSC system in processing deep learning algorithms. The key innovations of this proposal include design and development of an low-power and high- performance deep learning processing system, they are: (1) low-power and high- performance DLPS hardware; (2) a HPSC-compatible software module to manage DLPS hardware and provide API to application layer; (3) a DLPS toolchain to transform deep learning models from popular frameworks such as Keras, TensorFlow, and Caffe; (4) DLPS hardware implementation on space-grade Xilinx FPGA platform for fault-tolerance design. Finally, all the proposed techniques will be integrated in a functional prototype system to demonstrate the capabilities, performances, and interoperability of proposed architecture

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

DLPS addresses a critical need in NASA’s HPSC program to provide low power and high-performance deep learning computation. DLPS has wide range of applications in all programs concerned with deep learning computation. In particular, the HPSC program, which is concerned with support deep learning algorithms for NASA’s space flight missions such as the Human Exploration Mission Operations Diretorate (HEOMD) and the Science Mission Directorate (SMD).

Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

Other government agencies: Air Force and Missile Defense Agency for military surveillance systems, satellite imagery, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), detection and tracking of intruding objects, target tracking for remote weapon stations, and remote sensing. 

Commercial systems: space-based communication system such as Nanosat and other on-board processing (OBP) systems. 


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