SOURCE: Mitrionics, Inc.

February 26, 2007 10:31 ET

Mitrionics and Reservoir Labs Collaborate on DARPA SBIR Grant for "Productivity Advancements for Configurable Computing"

Integration of R-Stream® Compiler and Mitrion Virtual Processor Goal to Increase Programmability of FPGAs

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 26, 2007 -- Mitrionics™, Inc., developer of the Mitrion™ Virtual Processor and software-centric Mitrion-C programming language for FPGA Supercomputing acceleration, and Reservoir Labs®, a leading-edge consulting and contract R&D firm to the computer industry and government, today announced a joint development collaboration towards Reservoir's recently awarded DARPA SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) project "Productivity Advancements for Configurable Computing." Mitrionics and Reservoir Labs will begin the first phase of the project to illustrate productivity enhancements from combining the Mitrionics FPGA Supercomputing development platform and Reservoir Labs' R-Stream® compiler.

The scope of the work is to target Reservoir's advanced R-Stream research compiler to Mitrionics' Virtual Processor and other widely used FPGA tools such as CHiMPS (Compiling High-Level Languages to Massively Pipelined Systems, a software-like compilation flow). R-Stream provides advanced high-level program optimization and mapping technologies, which in turn enables parallel programming over a distributed heterogeneous architecture (typical of FPGAs). Combining R-Stream with Mitrionics' Virtual Processor could substantially facilitate the programmability of FPGAs.

"Reservoir Labs is pleased to bring over 15 years of experience working on compilers for advanced computing architectures to this project with Mitrionics," said Richard Lethin, President of Reservoir Labs. "Our high level optimization technologies will allow users to rapidly deploy Mitrionics' technology for programming FPGAs to achieve significant computational rates and efficiencies for next generation HPC problems."

"Advancing productivity for configurable computing is at the core of what Mitrionics and our Mitrion Platform is all about," stated Anders Dellson, CEO of Mitrionics, Inc. "We're excited to be collaborating with Reservoir Labs on this project as our technologies are complementary and expertise well-suited to addressing this challenging endeavour."

About R-Stream: R-Stream is a "High Level Compiler" used for mapping embedded signal/knowledge processing applications to advanced computing architectures such as the Cell microprocessor. It is designed to seamlessly plug into target-specific (low-level) C compilers. More specifically, R-Stream is an ANSI C source-to-source compiler producing high-level mapped code, i.e., C augmented with mapping instructions, from abstract source descriptions of the algorithm.

R-Stream advances the scope of programs that can be automatically parallelized, and has features to map to critical hardware attributes in emerging heterogeneous high performance computing chips. Such features include distributed computation over streaming engines, managing local memories, meeting locality of reference requirements to achieve computational intensity, and generating coarse grain communication (e.g. DMA) operations.

About Reservoir Labs

Reservoir Labs provides leading-edge consulting and contract R&D to the computer industry, government, and business end-users, employing state of the art compiler and verification technologies, and also brings proprietary tools developed on a wide variety of architectures. Reservoir Labs uses its technologies and skills to help clients achieve substantial improvements in the capabilities, performance, power savings, cost, and reliability of their computer systems and computer products.

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About DoD's SBIR Program

The DoD SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program, funded at approximately $1.164 billion in FY 2006, is made up of 10 participating components: (see Figure 1): Army, Navy, Air Force, Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Chemical Biological Defense (CBD), Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD).

The Small Business Innovation Research program funds early-stage R&D at small technology companies and is designed to; stimulate technological innovation, increase private sector commercialization of federal R&D, increase small business participation in federally funded R&D, and foster participation by minority and disadvantaged firms in technological innovation

About the Mitrion Platform and Mitrion Virtual Processor

The fine-grained, massively parallel Mitrion Virtual Processor is the core of the Mitrion Platform. It runs software written in the Mitrion-C programming language in FPGAs and completely eliminates the need for the programmer to master hardware design. The Mitrion Virtual Processor has a unique architecture that lets it be adapted to each program it is running in order to maximize performance. Together with the Mitrion Software Development Kit, it offers a unique solution for developing supercomputing applications for FPGAs on a true software level. This dramatically reduces the total development costs for FPGA-based software acceleration, and more importantly, enables the whole supercomputing industry to benefit from FPGA application acceleration.

About Mitrionics

Founded in 2001, Mitrionics, Inc. is the technology leader in the exciting new field of FPGA Supercomputing which provides higher processing power and lower energy consumption than clusters of computer systems. The company's Mitrion Virtual Processor and Mitrion Software Development Kit provide cost effective FPGA Supercomputing power to organizations for their most critical applications. The Mitrion Platform is unique from any other FPGA programming solution, because it eliminates the need for circuit design skills, thus making FPGA Supercomputing performance accessible to an entire new market of scientists and developers. Mitrionics has key industry relationships with Cray, Nallatech, and Silicon Graphics. For more information, visit the company Web site at, or call 310-558-9495, or email:

This material is based upon work that has been funded and sponsored by DARPA under Contract No. W31P4Q-07-C-0147. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of Reservoir Labs and Mitrionics, and do not necessarily reflect the views of DARPA.

Mitrionics, Mitrion, Mitrion Platform, Mitrion Virtual Processor, and Mitrion Software Development Kit are trademarks of Mitrionics, Inc.

Reservoir Labs, and R-Stream are trademarks of Reservoir Labs, Inc.

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