Embedded Systems Applications
The current research in High Performance Computing (HPC) at KSU-ECE has explored the effects of cache memory and hardware accelerators on a computers performance. To measure performance, special programs, called bench-marks are run on the computer and the time required to run the program is a measure of the systems performance. This research has used primarily used a program that solves a realistic finite element model, and has been formalized as part of the Mantevo benchmarks. By implementing the computer system on an FPGA, the researchers at KSU-ECE were able to compare the amount of time and electrical power required to complete the benchmarks. The current research has shown that although hardware accelerators and cache memories tend to improve performance, their cost both financially and in power consumption can outweigh these gains.
The embedded systems group is also playing an active role in the Biosensors Network Project sponsored by NASA.