High Performance System Acquisition: Enhancing the Petascale Computing Environment for Science and Engineering

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High Performance System Acquisition: Enhancing the Petascale Computing Environment for Science and Engineering: The NSF's vision for Cyberinfrastructure in the 21st Century includes enabling sustained petascale computational and data-driven science and engineering through the deployment and support of a world-class High Performance Computing (HPC) environment. For the past decade the NSF has provided the open science and engineering community with state of the art HPC assets ranging from loosely coupled clusters, to large scale instruments with many thousands of computing cores communicating via fast interconnects. Previous solicitations, as exemplified by the multi-pronged Track Two acquisitions, have provided more than two petaflops (1015 floating point operations per second) of compute power on real applications, that consume large amounts of memory, and work with very large data sets. These resources have been made available through the TeraGrid, the world's largest, most powerful and comprehensive distributed cyberinfrastructure for open science. In addition to the Track Two acquisitions, the ongoing Track One program promises to deliver a petaflop of sustained power capable of tackling some of the most challenging scientific problems across multiple science and engineering domains. HPC Resource Providers - those organizations willing to acquire, deploy and operate HPC resources in service to the science and engineering research and education community - play a key role in the provision and support of a national Cyberinfrasructure. With this solicitation, the NSF requests proposals from organizations willing to serve as HPC Resource Providers within Extreme Digital (XD), the successor to TeraGrid, and who propose to acquire and deploy new, innovative petascale HPC systems and services.Competitive HPC systems will:Expand the range of data intensive computationally-challenging science and engineering applications that can be tackled with XD HPC services; Introduce a major new innovative capability component to science and engineering research communities:Provide an effective migration path to researchers scaling data and code beyond the campus level;Incorporate reliable, robust system software and services essential to optimal sustained performance; Efficiently provide a high degree of stability and usability by January, 2013; andComplement and leverage existing XD capabilities and services.Benchmarks will be a key factor in system selection. Two types of benchmarks are required: NSF provided benchmarks and proposer selected benchmarks. The NSF provided benchmarks, which are posted on NSF web-siteNSF 0605 are designed to capture the salient attributes of those science and engineering applications which will place the most stringent demands on the overall system to be provisioned. Proposer provided benchmarks should focus on the innovative aspect of the proposal .
Federal Grant Title: High Performance System Acquisition: Enhancing the Petascale Computing Environment for Science and Engineering
Federal Agency Name: National Science Foundation
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: 11-511
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 47.080
CFDA Descriptions: Office of Cyberinfrastructure
Current Application Deadline: Mar 07, 2011 Full
Original Application Deadline: Mar 07, 2011 Full
Posted Date: Dec 10, 2010
Creation Date: Dec 10, 2010
Archive Date: No date given
Total Program Funding: $30,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award:
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $30,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
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Additional Information on Eligibility
*Organization Limit: Proposals may only be submitted by the following: -U.S. institutions of higher education and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers are eligible to apply as Resource Providers. It is recognized that FFRDCs may be positioned to make unique contributions to the HPC environment important to academic researchers. Hence for the purposes of this solicitation, NSF will consider acquiring and deploying HPC systems at FFRDC sites. However, proposing organizations must assure that open access to the HPC systems deployed will be provided to researchers from the broad range of science and engineering fields supported by NSF.
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