MultiRad: Evaluation of Space-to-Ground Radiation Effects in Multicore Computing Systems for Safety-Critical Applications
Computing systems with powerful multicore engines progressively assume key autonomous functions in safety-critical artificial intelligence applications such as new generations of industrial automation robots, electric/hybrid self-driving cars, drones, aircraft, and satellites. MultiRad project aims to study, evaluate, and improve the reliability of forthcoming multicore computing systems running complex algorithms under common impacts of single energetic particles provoked in space, aviation altitudes, and also ground levels as results of sun and cosmic ray radiation effects from space. In addition to set a related scientific research synergy, MultiRad project will train PhD and master-level international students through advanced research experimental activities at accelerated radiation test facilities, putting young students very early in contact with practical experiences and advanced technologies.
MultiRad consortium is an international scientific partnership of 6 universities from France, Brazil, Spain, and United Kingdom within the disciplines of computer engineering, computer science, and physics. The scientific interactions are based on the rich complementary of the consortium composed of Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) contributing with accelerated radiation testing aspects of computing systems, Loughborough University (LU, United Kingdom) with virtual platforms for simulating multicore systems, Universidad de Alicante (UA, Spain) with software-level radiation-hardening techniques, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS, Brazil) with design of multicore systems, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS, Brazil) with hardware design in programmable logic for radiation-hardened applications, and Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM, Brazil) with processor design for aerospace applications.
MultiRad project is partially supported by Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes's international ambition pack (PAI).