[hpc-announce] Call For Participation - Space Computing and Connected Enterprise Resiliency Conference 6/4-8/2018

Martha Bancroft marti at dragonsden.com
Thu Feb 22 13:53:14 CST 2018

The organizing committee of the Space Computing and Connected Enterprise Resiliency Conference (previously known as Workshop on Fault-Tolerant Spaceborne Computing Employing New Technologies) is pleased to announce this year’s workshop will be held the week of June 4th through June 8th at the MITRE Corporation campus in Bedford, Massachusetts (Boston area).

This year’s conference will enhance opportunities for attendees by combining the previous fault-tolerance spacecraft computing workshop and the MITRE - Association of Old Crows (AOC) EW/Cyber Summit into a single conference with multiple tracks.  Several plenary sessions will be shared between the two tracks since there is joint interest in the topics.  Rohde & Schwarz will lead off the conference with a seminar on Electronic Warfare in Space, which is open to conference attendees and included in the conference fee.  

The fault tolerant spacecraft computing track of the conference will focus on dealing with change in space avionics technology and the resultant fault tolerant architecture changes that these progressions allow.  The space computing track will start with a review of component technology; both those currently being used and emerging technology for space environment(s) ranging from Launch Vehicles, LEO, GEO, and deep space.  Space plenary presentations are planned to discuss current implementations used in commercial space, NASA, and DoD program(s).  Space working group sessions will focus on broader emerging technology.  Working groups will also cover advanced architecture enabled by the latest government and commercial technologies and will wrap up with preparing a debrief of the results from the conference that attendees can share with their organizations. More details are provided below.

The first two days of the resiliency track will be unclassified and will address challenges to achieving Space Resiliency, and innovation required to overcome those challenges.  Challenges may include 1) economic factors that inhibit portions of the civil and commercial sectors from investments in resiliency; 2) lack of a standard set of terms and metrics that define space resiliency; 3) limited use of lower cost space lift capabilities.  Innovation will include emerging technologies and concepts for achieving improved resiliency in the Space domain.  Specific technologies and concepts that will be addressed include Quantum, Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT), small satellites, lift, and swarms.

Student poster session: On Thursday morning there will be student posters at the hotel.

Similarly, the closed session will discuss specific threat topics posed by potential adversaries and emerging capabilities to mitigate the threats.  The Thursday AM closed session will be space focused, the Thursday afternoon cyber focused.


Hotel: 50 Rooms (4 night minimum)
-          25 at Govt rate of $150/night
-          25 at Discounted rate of $199/night
Registration Cost:
-          Industry: $300 for conference, plus $100 if attending classified session
-          Academia: $200 for conference, plus $50 if attending classified session
-          Government, Military, Speakers, Session Chairs: $100 to cover food for conference; may attend both conference and classified session (if cleared)
Conference Hotel (Across The Parking Lot From MITRE):

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston - Bedford Glen
44 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA

Conference Web site:   http://www.patriotsroostaoc.org/Space_Conference/ <http://www.patriotsroostaoc.org/Space_Conference/>
Please see the Web site to register for the conference or reserve hotel rooms.

Some Of The Invited Keynote Speakers For Electronic Warfare/Cyber Sessions:

General John E. Hyten - Commander, United States Strategic Command

   Biography: General John E. Hyten http://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/108115/general-john-e-hyten/ <http://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/108115/general-john-e-hyten/>
Major General Burke E. "Ed" Wilson - Deputy Principal Cyber Advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Senior Military Advisor for Cyber, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense

   Biography: Major General Burke E. "Ed" Wilson http://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/108601/brigadier-general-burke-e-ed-wilson/ <http://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/108601/brigadier-general-burke-e-ed-wilson/>
Major General William T. Cooley - Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory

   Biography: Major General William T. Cooley http://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/579032/brigadier-general-william-t-bill-cooley/ <http://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/579032/brigadier-general-william-t-bill-cooley/>
Space Sessions: 

Session 1A (Tuesday 10:30AM – noon, at hotel):

            NASA and JPL Computing – Bob Hodson, Deputy Manager for NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Game Changing Division (STMD GCD).  60 minutes on current state of the art in avionics/space at NASA and JPL, plus extended Q&A

Session 2A (Tuesday 3:30PM – 5PM, at hotel):

            Update on Space Processors – JPL coordinating, includes processors and computers, both general purpose and accelerators/co-processors. In addition to Promethium, HPSC, Leon 4 and derivatives, RAD5545 and family members, and Ramon Chips other emerging technologies such as PIM may be included. The focus is on space-hardened chips either available now or soon, i.e. finishing tests now and that have/are likely to have development boards.

Session 3A (Wednesday 10:30AM – noon, hotel):

            DOD Computing – Dr. Jesse Mee, AFRL/Kirtland – Update on state of the art in DOD computing (several agencies/services)

Session 4A (Wednesday 3:30PM – 5PM, hotel):

            Storage in Space – JPL coordinating, this will discuss memory and other storage technologies for space, both current and near future.

Session 5 (Thursday 1:00PM – 3:30PM, hotel):

            Interconnects for Space – including SpaceVPX, SpaceWire, SpaceFiber, sRIO, TTE, standards/markets, and emerging standards

Summary of Working Groups:

Working Group #1 (Monday evening): FPGAs
Updates from FPGA vendors related to space use and update on Title
III FPGA work, discussion. Sandia and AFRL/Kirtland coordinating this working group.

Working Group #2 (Monday evening): Trust in Space
Topics related to trust specific to space - trusted microelectronics,
techniques, discussion – Ken Heffner (Honeywell) is coordinating this working group.

Working Group #3 (Tuesday evening): Neural Nets And Their Prospects For Space Use
Neural nets are a hot topic of investigation for terrestrial applications such as autonomous vehicles. What are the prospects for space use, and what scenarios would most benefit from the technology. Discussion. There will be a follow up in the closed session Thursday AM. Sandia and AFRL/Kirtland are coordinating this working group.

Working Group #4 (Tuesday evening): Space Avionics Architectures
This working group will discuss innovation in space avionics architectures as well as perceived gaps. Discussion. 

Working Group #5 (Wednesday evening): Leveraging Commercial Space and COTS Technologies
We keep hoping to make more use of commercial space and of COTS technologies, yet sometimes the unique requirements of the space environment make it difficult to leverage both of these. What is happening to enable this? What options are there? Discussion. Mitch Fletcher (Arrowhead Consulting) is coordinating this workgroup.

Working Group #6 (Wednesday evening): Software for HPC (High Performance Computing) In Space - Processes and Tools
Software is now a major cost of any computing system - what things are available to reduce the cost and improve reliability and reuse specific to space? Topics range from compilers, libraries. tools, and processes. Discussion. Dr. Larry Bergman (retired from JPL), Marti Bancroft (MBC), and David Henriquez are coordinating this working group.

Working Group #7 (Thursday evening): Small Sat, Cube Sat, and Nano Sat Update
Much innovation is in the area of these small classes of satellites, and many interesting developments are at educational institutions. This is a chance to get an update and encourage discussion between academia, businesses, and the USG. Dr. John Bellardo (CalPoly) is the coordinator for this working group.

Working Group #8 (Thursday evening): Software Defined Spacecraft
This new working group is a brainstorming session - what is a software defined spacecraft? Where could software defining benefit space missions? Who is working on anything in this area? Steve Horan (NASA) is the coordinator for this new working group.
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