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NSF High Performance Computing System Acquisition: Towards a Petascale Computing Environment for Science and Engineering

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Limited Submission Announcement

For the NSF High Performance Computing System Acquisition: Towards a Petascale Computing Environment for Science and Engineering program, NSF is inviting proposals for the following types of systems: a data-intensive, high-performance computing system; an experimental high-performance computing system of innovative design; an experimental, high-performance grid test-bed; and a pool of loosely coupled grid-computing resources.

The systems deployed as a result of this solicitation, including the experimental grid test-bed, will become part of the portfolio of resources supported by NSF for shared use by the national science and engineering research and education community. Accordingly, the systems should complement the capabilities currently provided by existing NSF Resource Provider sites. Allocations for use of the systems and test-bed will be made through the Large and Medium Resource Allocation Committees (LRAC and MRAC) or their successors. It is anticipated that the systems and test-bed deployed will be made available to users as part of the TeraGrid.

System performance on an appropriate set of benchmarks will be a key factor in system selection. A set of performance requirements and benchmarks for this competition were posted on the NSF website at NSF 0605 (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf0605/nsf0605.pdf) in November 2005. Proposers are also required to provide projections for additional benchmarks of their own choosing.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research, ltdsub@missouri.edu, no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, August 22, 2008. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include 1) a description of the proposed system and how it complements existing NSF Resource Provider sites, and 2) a brief discussion of the performance requirements and benchmarks to be achieved.

Amount:

The applicable budget limitations and award durations depend on the type of resource being proposed and are as follows:

  1. A data-intensive, high-performance computing system. Funding will be for up to four years and provide up to $10,000,000 in acquisition costs and up to $3,000,000 per year, after acceptance, for operations and maintenance, including user support.
  2. An experimental high-performance computing system of innovative design. Funding will be for up to five years and provide up to $12,000,000 in total budget to include development and/or acquisition, operations and maintenance, including user support. First-year budget is not to exceed $4,000,000.
  3. An experimental, high-performance grid test-bed. Funding will be for up to four years and provide up to $4,000,000 in initial acquisition costs in the first year and up to $2,000,000 per year in subsequent years.
  4. A pool of loosely coupled grid-computing resources. Funding will be for up to four years and provide up to $2,000,000 per year as a contribution toward the costs of operations and maintenance, including user support.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, August 22, 2008

Sponsor Deadline:

November 28, 2008

URL for more information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08573/nsf08573.htm

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in computer science, engineering and mathematics. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at research.missouri.edu or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at http://research.missouri.edu/ogwp/lsa.htm.