The Duke site consists of a 2,000-square-foot research center in the Chesterfield Building, a former factory near downtown Durham. The building houses the major technology transfer and relevant research efforts of the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering, and has recently undergone a $125 million renovation project. The space is also home to the newly established Duke University Center for Computational Evolutionary Intelligence, which maintains a plethora of semiconductor circuit and system testing tools, including: probe stations, power meters, power supplies, signal generators, spectrum analyzers, pattern generators, and much more. In addition, the center owns all necessary lab equipment required for mobile and computer system development, such as multiple high-performance Dell servers, GPGPU computing clusters, FPGA boards, an IBM TrueNorth chip, embedded CPU (ARM) development boards, and a wide array of smartphones and tablets.
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame site houses the Notre Dame Nano Fab (NDNF), which includes approximately 9,000 net square feet (white space) of cleanroom. The facility is approximately 50% ISO class 5 (class 100), 40% ISO class 6 (class 1000) and 10% ISO class 7 (class 10,000). The facility includes a comprehensive toolset supporting CMOS, III-V, and MEMS fabrication capable of doing most hardware related prototyping. The University's Center for Research Computing (CRC) cluster consists of hundreds of computing nodes - a member of the Open Science Grid and the home to the Northwest Indiana Computational Grid.
The green data center at Syracuse University will be used to host the design and validation environment for the proposed projects. Syracuse University has been named one of the 2010 Green 15 by InfoWorld for its innovative green data center. This data center is located in a $12.7M, 12,000ft2 facility (6,000ft2 of infrastructure space and 6,000ft2 of raised-floor data center space) at the south campus of Syracuse University (about 1.5 miles away from the PIs’ offices). It houses a IBM z10 mainframe, and P6-575, x3850X5 and x3690X5 servers, along with several other high-performance computer clusters. It is equipped with Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 10G switches, and Cisco Catalyst 3750 Gigabit switches. State-of-the-art EDA and FPGA development tools are installed. The site's Advanced Microelectronic and Power-aware System (AMPS) lab is also equipped with a heterogeneous high-performance computing cluster and different FPGA development board and IBM TrueNorth neurosynpatic processor.