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Clean-Slate Design of Resilient, Adaptive, Secure Hosts (CRASH)

Solicitation Number: DARPA-SN-10-49
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Location: Contracts Management Office
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DARPA-SN-10-49
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Special Notice
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Added: May 27, 2010 1:28 pm

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will conduct a Proposers' Day briefing in support of the anticipated Clean-slate design of Resilient, Adaptive, Secure Hosts (CRASH) program Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). Any BAA released will be found on the FedBizOpps website, http://www.fedbizopps.gov.


Attendance at the Proposers' Day is voluntary and is not required to propose to subsequent BAAs (if any) or research solicitations (if any) on this topic. DARPA will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred to participate in this Proposers' Day. The Proposers' Day announcement does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts. Interested parties to this notice are cautioned that nothing herein obligates the Government to issue a future solicitation.


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVE
The CRASH program is seeking innovative research into the design of new computer systems that:
• Are highly resistant to cyber-attack;
• Can adapt after a successful attack in order to continue rendering useful services;
• Learn from previous attacks how to guard against and cope with future attacks; and
• Can repair themselves after attacks have succeeded.


Current computer systems are highly vulnerable to cyber attack. There are very few fundamental sources of the vulnerabilities exploited by cyber attackers. These attacks stem from the fact that current computer systems cannot enforce the intended semantics of their computations.


While these problems are not new, they have not been adequately dealt with largely because designers have been intellectually and institutionally bound by the need to maintain compatibility with legacy systems. These constraints have limited the range of hardware architectures, system software designs, programming languages, etc. that have been considered.


The CRASH program seeks to break these intellectual constraints by looking at the problem (as the name implies) from a clean slate perspective. In CRASH, the clean slate approach will involve the co-design of the hardware, system software, programming languages, design environments, and formal methods. The primary goal of this program is to design new techniques that can effectively solve the problems described above; compatibility and legacy concerns are secondary.


The CRASH program will include the following technical areas of interest:


1. Processor architectures
2. Operating systems
3. Formal methods
4. Programming languages and environments
5. Machine learning, self-adaptation, diagnosis, recovery, and repair
6. Dynamic diversification


GOALS

The purpose of the Proposers' Day is to outline the CRASH program technical goals and challenges and to promote an understanding of the BAA proposal requirements. There will be Q & A session following the presentation.


Information on the anticipated CRASH solicitation will be available on the TCTO solicitations page at http://www.darpa.mil/tcto/solicitations.html following the publication of the BAA in FedBizOpps. It is anticipated that the CRASH BAA will be released after the Proposers' Day. If a BAA is released, then materials presented at the Proposers' Day may be posted to the TCTO webpage along with a FAQ document compiling questions and answers from the Proposers' Day as well as from any interested offerors.


REGISTRATION


Participants MUST register at http://www.sa-meetings.com/DARPA_CRASH no later than 2359 on Tuesday, 01 June 2010. Registration is limited to 100 attendees. Only two representatives from each organization or institution may attend.


DATE AND LOCATION


The Proposers' Day will occur on Friday, 04 June 2010 from 0900 ET to 1300 ET at the Executive Conference Center at Liberty Center, 4075 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 350, Arlington, Virginia 22203. Registration opens at 0800 ET.


POINTS OF CONTACT


Administrative Point of Contact: Mr. Dan Adams, DARPA-SN-10-49@darpa.mil
Contracting Point of Contact: Mr. Michael Mutty, DARPA-SN-10-49@darpa.mil


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