Landscape of intelligent cores: An autonomic multi-agent approach for space application
Varghese, B. and McKee, G. (2009) Landscape of intelligent cores: An autonomic multi-agent approach for space application. In: Revetria, R., Mladenov, B. and Mastorakis, N. (eds.) Acs'09: Proceedings of the 9th Wseas International Conference on Applied Computer Science. Recent Advances in Computer Engineering. World Scientific and Engineering Acad and Soc, pp. 117-123. ISBN 1790-5109 978-960-474-127-4
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Space applications are challenged by the reliability of parallel computing systems (FPGAs) employed in space crafts due to Single-Event Upsets. The work reported in this paper aims to achieve self-managing systems which are reliable for space applications by applying autonomic computing constructs to parallel computing systems. A novel technique, 'Swarm-Array Computing' inspired by swarm robotics, and built on the foundations of autonomic and parallel computing is proposed as a path to achieve autonomy. The constitution of swarm-array computing comprising for constituents, namely the computing system, the problem / task, the swarm and the landscape is considered. Three approaches that bind these constituents together are proposed. The feasibility of one among the three proposed approaches is validated on the SeSAm multi-agent simulator and landscapes representing the computing space and problem are generated using the MATLAB.