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WSU graduate student wins Best Student Paper Award

PULLMAN– A Washington State University graduate student was recently presented with the Best Student Paper Award following the second IEEE International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology held July 17 in Pasadena, Calif.

Graduate student Daniel Blum and Jose Delgado-Frias, his faculty advisor with the WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, submitted a paper entitled, “SEU and SET-Tolerant Pipelined Systems”.

The paper was selected by an international peer review committee based on innovations exhibited in the research, quality of the paper presentation and alignment with the conference themes.

“The paper focuses on protecting modern integrated circuits from faults induced by radioactive particles in space,” Blum said, “and these particles are strong enough to cause multiple memory bits to be simultaneously upset.”

A novel approach to the problem that provides protection against multiple upsets by combining fault-tolerant memory cells with a transistor layout interleaving technique is presented in the paper.

Blum, of Bonney Lake, Wash., is currently working on a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer engineering.

The IEEE International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology (SMC-IT 2006), which draws attendees from space agencies, national labs, defense, academia, aerospace and related industries, provides an opportunity for system designers, engineers, scientists, practitioners, and space explorers to foster technical interchange on all software and hardware aspects of IT applications in space missions.

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