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Patent Issued for System Level Applications of Adaptive Computing (SLAAC) Technology

August 5, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- According to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews journalists, a patent by the inventors Schott, Brian (Gambrills, MD); Parker, Robert (Oakton, VA), filed on July 22, 2008, was published online on July 22, 2014.

The assignee for this patent, patent number 8788540, is University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA).

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "An adaptive computing system (ACS) is a system that can reconfigure its logic and/or data paths in response to dynamic application requirements. The system may include a number of connected adaptive computing boards, each board including a reconfigurable FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) integrated circuit.

"Applications to be performed by ACS systems may be developed and implemented on different platforms. For example, many ACS applications require strict VME (Versa Module Europa) environments found in large, embedded systems, yet much of the algorithm mapping may be done in university research labs using PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect)-based systems.

"Replicating these VME environments in university labs may be prohibitively expensive because of the cost of chassis, single-board computers, and real-time software development tools. In addition there is a learning curve associated with programming and debugging embedded systems that make them a poor choice for an application development platform for graduate students. Conversely, allowing the university partners to develop their applications on commercial ACS boards in a PC environment may also be impractical because no path exists to transition to the deployed environment. Accordingly, it may be desirable to provide an open, distributed, and scalable ACS system architecture that includes an API (Application Programming Interface) which enables source-code porting and scaling from small research platforms to larger field-deployable systems."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "An API (Application Programming Interface) for an adaptive computing system (ACS) may be used to create a system for performing an application on different types of ACS platforms. The API may be used to generate a system object including a host and a number of nodes and channels. A system data structure is created which describes the nodes, which may be FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array)-based ACS accelerator boards. The API may enable source-code porting and scaling from small research platforms to larger field-deployable platforms."

For more information, see this patent: Schott, Brian; Parker, Robert. System Level Applications of Adaptive Computing (SLAAC) Technology. U.S. Patent Number 8788540, filed July 22, 2008, and published online on July 22, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Technology, University of Southern California.

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