Energy-efficient Light-wave Integrated Technology Enabling Networks That Enhance Datacenters (enlitened)

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Energy-efficient Light-wave Integrated Technology Enabling Networks That Enhance Datacenters (enlitened): Agency Overview:
The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), an organization within the Department of Energy, is chartered by Congress in the America COMPETES Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-69), as amended by the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-358), to support the creation of transformational energy technologies and systems through funding and managing Research and Development (R&D) efforts. Originally chartered in 2007, the Agency was first funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The mission of ARPA-E is to identify and fund research to translate science into breakthrough energy technologies that are too risky for the private sector and that, if successfully developed, will create the foundation for entirely new industries.

Successful projects will address at least one of ARPA-E’s two Mission Areas:

1. Enhance the economic and energy security of the United States through the development of energy technologies that result in:
a. reductions of imports of energy from foreign sources;
b. reductions of energy-related emissions, including greenhouse gases; and
c. improvement in the energy efficiency of all economic sectors.
2. Ensure that the United States maintains a technological lead in developing and deploying advanced energy technologies.

Program Overview:
The ARPA-E ENLITENED (ENergy-efficient Light-wave Integrated Technology Enabling Networks that Enhance Datacenters) program seeks to provide a transformative change - to achieve an overall doubling in datacenter energy efficiency in 10 years through deployment of novel network topologies enabled by integrated photonics technologies. ARPA-E estimates that if the technical challenges posed by ENLITENED can be overcome, these alone would reduce projected US energy use by about 1% after 10 years and realize at least twice the number of datacenter transactions with the same amount of energy.

Industry projections show that in order to achieve future datacenter performance requirements, metal interconnects must be increasingly replaced by photonic technologies, yet costs for deployment are often prohibitive and energy efficiency is not necessarily the highest priority in the commercial sector [11, 15, 16]. Though a broad industrial consensus pushes toward further photonic integration in switches and other datacenter components [11,16,18], in some cases, large companies will build another 80 MW datacenter to meet demand, rather than increase efficiency with photonics, due to a combination of reliability risks, cost and limited component supply.

To overcome metal interconnect limitations on future datacenter energy-efficiency performance, ENLITENED will target the critical packaging and integration challenges needed to exploit the inherent performance advantages of dense photonic interconnects and switching technology at the chip-scale within datacenters. Specifically, ENLITENED will target packaging and integration of novel and efficient photonics-enabled hardware systems that can demonstrate at least a 2-fold increase in energy efficiency at the datacenter level. To validate hardware solutions, ENLITENED will also entail modeling and simulation of the new datacenter architectures and data traffic protocols under realistic workloads, to provide quantifiable measures to validate transformative design strategies for future datacenters and retrofits.

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Federal Grant Title: Energy-efficient Light-wave Integrated Technology Enabling Networks That Enhance Datacenters (enlitened)
Federal Agency Name: Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-0001566
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 323822
CFDA Descriptions: Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy
Current Application Deadline: Jul 25, 2016 Applicants are responsible for meeti
Original Application Deadline: Jul 25, 2016 Applicants are responsible for meeti
Posted Date: Jun 10, 2016
Creation Date: Jun 10, 2016
Archive Date: Jun 9, 2017
Total Program Funding: $25,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $10,000,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $250,000
Expected Number of Awards: 15
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"
Additional Information on Eligibility
Please see Section III.A. of DE-FOA-0001566 for more information on the following eligibility information: 1. INDIVIDUALS 2. DOMESTIC ENTITIES 3. FOREIGN ENTITIES 4. CONSORTIUM ENTITIES.
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