INPhINIT 2020 Incoming Fellowship: " A fault-tolerant computing architecture for a space weather mission"

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The Doctoral Fellowship INPhINIT Incoming Programme is devoted to attract young researchers willing to carry out their PhD project in research centres accredited with the Spanish Seal of Excellence Severo Ochoa, María de Maeztu or Health Institute Carlos III and Portuguese units accredited as “excellent” according to the evaluation of the Fundação de Ciência e Tecnologia. The candidate will investigate in the FPGA technology domain for new protection mechanisms and failure recovery schemes against errors induced by radiation. Specifically, he/she will study how to protect the computing architectures embedded on FPGA and how to detect failures during the duty cycle of the data processing unit. She/he will carry out a statistical analysis of the errors and failures expected according to an orbit radiation conditions. She/he will participate in the design phases of the tailored computing architectures for the scientific calculations and will study different approaches to get the best protection. Since the FPGAs have limited amount of internal resources, the analysis will include a set of trade-offs between computation capabilities versus protection to errors. The proposal will be tested on a real space mission, and therefore, it will provide the community with valuable information about its behavior and performance under stringent conditions. Nevertheless, the wide applications that are envisaged for these techniques promise further use in other instruments and missions.