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

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

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Limited Submission Announcement

NSF solicits applications for the High-Performance Computing System Acquisition: Enhancing the Petascale Computing Environment for Science and Engineering program. 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; and
  • Complement and leverage existing XD capabilities and services.

NSF is interested in receiving innovative proposals for production XD HPC resources capable of at least a petaflop. In addition, the resource must introduce a major new innovative capability, such as

  • A data-intensive, high-performance computing capability suitable for new science and engineering communities as well as existing;
  • An innovative, power-efficient, highly usable, high-performance computing capability with sustained performance for a broad range of science and engineering applications and application frameworks; and
  • An innovative high-performance computing capability which expands the boundaries of the current TeraGrid research community, for example, by the introduction of domain-specific capabilities or support for dynamic interactive research workflows across XD resources.

Because MU is limited to one submission for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2011. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include 1) a description of the proposed system, 2) the system's innovation and expected impact on science and engineering, 3) implementation and project management, 4) the planned physical location of the proposed equipment, 5) plans for operations, and 6) the names of three MU personnel who would be qualified to serve as internal reviewers for letters of intent under this program.


Up to $30,000,000 for a project duration of up to 4 years.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, January 14, 2011

External Proposal Deadline:

March 7, 2011

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