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Space Radiation Effects on Computing Platforms

Primary Investigators:
Arthur Witulski
Bharat Bhuva
 
Brief Description of Project:
Radiation in space can upset the computation of digital computers. In the past, processors that have been hardened at the factory against radiation have been used to prevent these upsets, but hardened electronic parts are very expensive, on the order of 100 times the price of commercial parts. NASA and other space agencies are interested in whether commercial processors in standard computing platforms can be used in highly-shielded environments in space, such as human habitable chambers. In this project we are building models of how radiation affects commercial computers, and testing computing platforms in various radiation sources.

Desired Qualifications:
Rising Juniors or Seniors  can apply. Digital Logic and  basic microprocessor knowledge required. Some knowledge of assembly language is helpful, as is an electronics class.
 
Nature of Supervision:
Participate in weekly meetings with the research team. Work with graduate students on specific coding or experimental projects.
 
A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):
Read some background material to become familiar with radiation effects. Work on your project and work with other researchers on the project to make a contribution to the research effort.
 
Number of Open Slots: 1
 
Contact Information:
Name: Arthur Witulski
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Email: arthur.f.witulski@vanderbilt.edu