IARPA and the US military launch research to design the next generation of computers

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) – the research and development arm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence – and the Army Research Laboratory of the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command have announced the launch of a program aimed at to design new, innovative computing architectures that will help the Intelligence Community (IC) perform its increasingly critical data analysis missions.

The AGILE program (Advanced Graphic Intelligence Logical Computing Environment) aims to:

  • Inspire a complete overhaul of computing architectures that will develop intelligent mechanisms for accessing, moving and storing complex data streams and structures that enable efficient execution of data analysis algorithms;
  • Advance predictive analytics of big data from various sources and methods in a timely manner; and
  • Start a new generation of computing architectures that will generate significant performance gains for the CI.

“The start of this research means we are now well on the way to designing computers that can handle exponentially increasing amounts and sources of data,” said program director Dr William Harrod. “Using out-of-the-box thinking, we aim to design computing architectures to solve today’s data-intensive problems while generating important analytical insights in a timely manner.”

Through a broad competitive agency announcement, IARPA has awarded AGILE research contracts to the following teams:

  • Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
  • Georgia Tech Research Corporation
  • Intel Federal LLC
  • Indiana University Trustees
  • Qualcomm Intelligent Solutions, Inc.
  • The University of Chicago

The AGILE test and evaluation team is made up of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, all of which have extensive experience in evaluating the design and performance of computer architectures.

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