Objectives for Establishing the Centre
The current explosion in information technology is facilitated by the rapid
growth in the speed and complexity of digital hardware technology. Information
technology, in turn, remains as the main enabling technology for the
fast-paced developments in digital system design. Digital hardware components,
such as application-specific integrated circuits
(ASICs) and programmable logic devices
(PLDs), are employed in many information technology systems ranging
from desktop computers to communication networks.
The Centre for Digital Hardware Applications Research (CDHAR)
has been established with the collaboration of researchers at the
Faculty of Engineering
and Applied Science and the Department of Computer Science at
CDHAR is jointly funded by an ACOA/MUN Research Infrastructure Grant and Drs.
Venkatesan, Heys and Gillard are co-investigators of the project.
The prime objective of CDHAR is to develop existing strategic capacity
in digital hardware design specifically in areas of
- computer architecture
- digital systems
- very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuits
The focus of the research will be the application areas of switch fabrics
for integrated broadband communications networks, quality of service
(QoS) issues in ATM networks,
encryption systems for computer and communications security and
encoders for error control codes.
The other main objectives are
- Collaborate with local industry to identify and carry out research
and development in digital hardware
- Develop educational material in the form of computer presentations,
tutorials and reports
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