Technology Summary

High-energy physics experiments have to process huge amounts of data every second in real time. A new form of pattern recognition technology is needed, capable of dealing with enormous data streams and filtering backgrounds from the physics signals in which scientists are interested.

The Invention

Fermilab has developed a high-speed flexible pattern recognition system containing two vital innovations. VIPRAM (Vertically Integrated Pattern Recognition Associative Memory) uses 3-D vertical integrated chip technology. The PULSAR-II processor has terabits per second data processing capability and can host a bank  of VIPRAM chips, in order to rapidly recognize user defined patterns in big data applications.


  • 100-terabit per second data processing in real time
  • Highly scalable and user configurable

Applications and Industries

  • Detecting patterns of fraud in financial transactions
  • Mapping behavioral trends in the stock market
  • Instrumentation at photon science facilities
  • Proton computed tomography (pCT)
  • Any industry with large amount of streaming data


Category: Computers & Information Science

Tags and Keywords: 3D Integration, Content Addressable Memories, CAM, Tracking Trigger, Associative Memory, Pattern Recognition


The Pulsar IIb front board, RTM, IPMC and PRM mezzanine.


Invention Details

Patent Status: Multiple patents pending

Aaron G Sauers, CLP
Fermilab, MS 312 – PO Box 500
Batavia, IL 60510