Space Computing

Fault-Tolerant Spaceborne Computing Employing New Technologies, 2013

The Sixth Meeting on
Fault-Tolerant Spaceborne Computing Employing New Technologies, 2013

CSRI Building
Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM
May 28-30, 2013

Organized by: JPL, Sandia, USC/ISI, OGA

Sequestration and Federal travel restrictions will have several effects on the meeting. The organizers believe it is likely to take place, yet it should be considered “tentative” for the time being. The meeting will have a similar organization to previous years, although with additional working group session Thursday evening. Video teleconference participation will be given increased support; please contact the organizers if this is important to you.
Click here for the schedule. For reference, here are the links to the 2012201120102009 and 2008 conference archives.


Marti Bancroft, ConsultantLarry Bergman, JPL
Steve Crago, USC/ISIErik DeBenedictis, Sandia
Mitch Fletcher, Honeywell 


This is advance notice of and issue a call for participation for the sixth technical interchange meeting on space computing. The main sessions are May 29-30, 2013, with working group sessions May 28, in Albuquerque. Details will appear on this website as time progresses.

Like previous years, the topic will be R&D for next generation spacecraft computing systems, including hardware, software, and cross-cutting issues such as trust.


This year, the meeting will be focused on multi-organizational projects and collaborative R&D that could contribute to building space processors. The organizers are issuing through this page an invitation for presentations on projects or capabilities. Please respond via e-mail to any of the organizers and include a semi-formal proposal.


We will have working groups as in past years. Some working groups have been organized already and we are soliciting ideas and participation in organizing others:

  • TBD

The conference has a capacity for other working groups, and we are soliciting ideas and organizers. If you would like to propose a working group, please contact one of the organizers.


The meeting organizers have been approached by the Maestro/Tilera user group about holding one of their twice-yearly meetings in conjunction with the space computing conference. The organizers are soliciting other communities of interest that may be interested in meeting in conjunction with the meeting.


Attendance is by invitation only. If you are in the industry and would like an invitation, please call Erik DeBenedictis (505) 284-4017 or e-mail We are charging a $120 registration fee (but see next paragraph). This fee has been set to cover the cost of food due principally to gifting regulations pertaining to government participants. Register at the Sandia Webpay website at and selecting “Fault-Tolerant Spaceborne Computing” as the event name.

We are senstitive to federal budget issues. If payment of a registration fee creates difficulties, please call Erik DeBenedictis (505) 284-4017 or e-mail and we will work out alternative arrangements.


The meeting will include information at various levels of sensitivity.

  • Some sessions on the schedule will indicate the information is sensitive (i. e. export controlled and proprietary). Attendees not eligible to receive specific information will be asked to leave the meeting room as needed.
  • There will be Government session that may be attended by only Government, FFRDC, and SETA employees.
  • While the entire meeting is by invitation only, there may be additional invitation-only sessions not posted on the Internet.


Foreign nationals will require a badge to enter DOE facilities. Foreign nationals should contact the conference sponsors immediately about a badge and should plan on stopping at the Sandia badge office about 1/2 mile away before first entering DOE premises.


The associated hotel is is the Sheraton at Menaul and Lousiana (same as the past few years). Please go to this website: or Call the Sheraton directly 800-325-3535. Group name “Fault-Tolerant Spaceborne Computing.” Rate: $81 per night.


The meeting will be held at several locations:

  • We expect all evening activities to be at the associated hotel in the uptown area of Albuquerque.
  • Except as noted above, open portions of the meeting will be held at Sandia’s Computer Science Research Institute (CSRI) building on 1450 Innovation Parkway, Albuquerque, NM 87123 (map below). This facility is outside of Kirtland Air Force Base; visitors please do not try to enter Kirtland Air Force Base as you will probably not succeed and it will cause quite a delay. US Citizens may go directly to the CSRI building; foreign nationals will need to make arrangements for a badge and then go to the badge office.
  • Closed portions of the meeting will be held in other buildings at Sandia; meet at the CSRI building for directions.


  • Erik DeBenedictis, Sandia, Sandia,, (505) 284-4017
  • Marti Bancroft, MBC, marti at dragonsden dot com
  • Larry Bergman, JPL, Larry.A.Bergman at jpl dot nasa dot gov
  • Steve Crago, USC/ISI, crago at isi dot edu

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