NSF 14-536 – High Performance Computing System Acquisition: Continuing the Building of a More Inclusive Computing Environment for Science and Engineering
Nomination per School: One
Proposals may not be submitted directly by the PI; nominations are submitted by the School’s Research Dean’s Office.
Internal Deadline: Contact the office of Research if Interested
External Deadline: May 14, 2014
Award Information: Type: Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: Two
Anticipated Amount: $2,000,000 to $10,000,000 per award
Materials to Office of Research: Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.).
CV – (4 pages maximum)
The purpose of this solicitation is to generate proposals from Resource Provider organizations who are committed to the delivery of world-leading High Performance Computing and Data enabled (HPC&D) resources through the XD environment described in the Program Synopsis. This competition emphasizes the provision of systems and services that deliver significant levels of performance for many different types of science and engineering applications while also introducing new capabilities and significant innovation which will expand the value of HPC&D to the science and engineering community. With this solicitation, NSF strongly urges the community to think broadly and not simply rely on older models focused primarily on delivering compute cycles to traditional communities which use the national resources.
The current solicitation explicitly focuses attention on modalities which either have never been explored or for systems that will make the XD portfolio more responsive to the needs of a larger and more diverse scientific community.
Competitive HPC&D proposals must address one or more of the following:
- Complementing existing XD capabilities with new types of computational resources attuned to less traditional computational science communities;
- Incorporating innovative and reliable services within the HPC environment to deal with complex and dynamic workflows that contribute significantly to the advancement of science and are difficult to achieve within XD;
- Introducing new, flexible, and highly useable capabilities such as cloud computing into XD to meet national-scale requirements for new modes of computationally intensive scientific research;
- Introducing new capabilities and/or reaching new communities by establishing novel, highly usable connections to other non-XD parts of the national cyberinfrastructure. For example, these might include connections to other domain-specific centers housing software, sensors or instrument data thus enabling new advances in computational science;
- Exploring new effective modes of engagement with campus cyberinfrastructure;
- Expanding the range of computationally challenging science and engineering applications that can be tackled with current XD resources. Again ease of access and usability are critical; and
- Providing reliable approaches to scientific communities needing a flexible and user friendly environment. This can be achieved in a variety of ways and the proposal should explicitly provide details on how that would be achieved by their approach.
For the purposes of this solicitation, an acquisition is defined as: computing hardware, including processors and main memory, inter-connects, I/O sub-system(s); local on-line storage of sufficient size to support science and engineering research applications that use the full extent of the computing hardware; a wide-area network connection; system software including, one or more operating systems, one or more file systems, compilers and run-time libraries, mathematical libraries, debugging and program development tools, system administration and job scheduling software, user accounting software, any other software required to support the proposed resource; either dedicated nodes or small satellite systems that provide for interactive access, job preparation and staging, system management and/or remote visualization; any additional hardware or software associated with innovative aspects of the acquisition.