DARPA chooses Perspecta to support FastNICs programNews
July 14, 2020
CHANTILLY, Va. Perspecta Inc., announced that its applied research arm, Perspecta Labs, received a prime contract award on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Fast Network Interface Cards (FastNICs) program.
The award, which represents new work for the company, has a total potential ceiling value of $37 million and a four-year period of performance if all options are exercised. The objective of the FastNICs program is to speed up complex computing applications, such as the distributed training of machine learning classifiers and video analysis applications, by 100x through the development, implementation, integration, and validation of innovative networking approaches.
On the program, Perspecta Labs intends to research, design, develop, and demonstrate new network interface hardware that operates at a 10-terabit-per-second speed (Tbps), and the associated system and programming software to manage and utilize the new hardware.
To support rapid technology transition and industry adoption, Perspecta Labs' 10Tbps network interface hardware will be designed to use industry-standard interface points. The company will also design and implement software including resource managers, application programming interfaces, and programming tools that allow applications to harness the hundredfold improvements enabled by its new FastNICs hardware.