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Center for Space, High-performance, and Resilient Computing (SHREC)

Brigham Young University

University of Florida

University of Pittsburgh

Virginia Tech

Last Reviewed: 01/12/2020

Center Mission and Rationale

Under the auspices of the Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) program at the National Science Foundation, a national research Center has been jointly established, the Center for Space, High-performance, and Resilient Computing (SHREC). This Center comprises four university Sites, including the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) as lead institution, and the Brigham Young University (BYU), University of Florida (UF), and Virginia Tech (VT) as partner institutions. The SHREC Center is dedicated to assisting U.S. industrial partners, government agencies, and research organizations in mission-critical computing, with research in three domains: space computing for Earth science, space science, and defense; high-performance computing for a broad range of grand-challenge apps; and resilient computing for dependability in harsh or critical environments. The university Sites of the SHREC Center help address the shortage in the mission-critical computing workforce by training many graduate and undergraduate students with the knowledge and skills necessary to solve the many challenges facing this growing industry.

Research program

Space, High-performance, and Resilient Computing

With the complementary nature of expertise at each Site, the SHREC Center addresses research challenges facing the three domains of mission-critical computing, by exploiting a variety of existing and emerging computing technologies, including digital signal processors, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), graphical processing units (GPUs), hybrid processors, advanced memories, and high-speed interconnects. For space computing, a specialty at the Pitt and BYU Sites, the Center develops, evaluates, and deploys novel forms of space architectures, apps, computers, networks, services, and systems, while leveraging commercial and radiation-hardened or -tolerant technologies. For high-performance computing, a specialty at the UF, VT, and Pitt Sites, the Center explores the application and productive use of heterogeneous computing technologies and architectures in support of high-speed, mission-critical computing. For resilient computing, a specialty at the BYU and Pitt Sites, the Center exploits its expertise in fault injection and mitigation as well as radiation testing to demonstrate unique reliability concepts and solutions, including adaptive hardware redundancy, fault masking, and software fault tolerance.

Special Activities

The NSF SHREC Center holds its annual workshop every January and its midyear workshop every June.

Facilities and Laboratory

The NSF SHREC Center features world-class research facilities and labs at all four of its university sites.

Locations

University of Pittsburgh

Suite 560, Schenley Place

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15261

United States

Brigham Young University

459 Clyde Building

Provo, Utah, 84602

United States

University of Florida

313 Benton Hall

Gainesville, Florida, 32611

United States

Virginia Tech

Torgersen Hall, 2050 620 Drillfield Drive

Blacksburg, Virginia, 24061

United States