Master Student Electrical Engineering, Physics, Information Technology or similar (f/m/x)

Future satellite networks will link space and ground assets via an optical network. This not only requires the development of existing technologies that enable optical links in space, but also addresses the challenges of switching high-speed data streams on board satellites.

The recent evolution of FPGA devices has led to a significant increase in high-speed transceiver throughput, making FPGAs a compelling option for implementing network switches in space. However, it remains unclear whether an FPGA-based switch can meet the requirements of future satellite networks. This thesis explores the trade-offs of different switch fabric architectures when considering FPGAs for future space missions.  

Main activities:

  • literature review on FPGA-based switch architectures
  • develop building blocks for network switches
  • analyze FPGA-based switches susceptibility to radiation effects
  • evaluate the feasibility of FPGA-based switches

Your qualifications:

  • study of electrical engineering, embedded systems or computer science or similar
  • good knowledge of FPGA/SoC and hardware description, preferably VHDL
  • programming in Matlab/Python/C/C++
  • knowledge of computer networks

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalleled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (f/m/x).Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

DLR - Helmholtz / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

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Deadline: 2023-05-31
Location: Germany, Oberpfaffenhofen
Categories: Computer Engineering, Computer Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Physics, Student Assistants,


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