The Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is sponsoring a Proposers Day for the Power Efficiency Revolution For Embedded Computing Technologies (PERFECT) program, a new DARPA program, on February 15, 2012. The goal of the
PERFECT program is to provide the technologies and techniques to overcome the power efficiency barriers that currently constrain embedded computing systems capabilities and limit the potential of future embedded systems.
Computational capability is a primary constraint on the effectiveness of many, if not most, deployed military systems. Increasingly the ability to process sensor information on embedded systems is limited by the available on board computation. This is a result of the limited amount of electrical power available on the platforms and computational performance per watt. Examples show we need at least 50 GFLOPS/w, and requirements of at least 75 GFLOPS/w can be confidently anticipated. Current systems provide in the order of 1 GFLOPS/w and industry trends will provide power efficiencies that are well short of required performance.