NASA SBIR 2004 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Information Technology for Sun-Earth Connection Missions
PROPOSAL TITLE:High-Performance Data Analysis Tools for Sun-Earth Connection Missions

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Tech-X Corporation
5621 Arapahoe Ave, Suite A
Boulder ,CO 80303 - 1379
(303) 448 - 0728

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Messmer   Peter
5621 Arapahoe Ave, Suite A
Boulder, CO  80303 -1379
(303) 473 - 9286

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The Interactive Data Language (IDL) is a standard tool used by many researchers in observational fields. Present day Sun-Earth Connection missions like SOHO, or future missions, including the Solar Dynamics (SDO) almost exclusively analyze their data in IDL. However, the increasing amount of data produced by these missions, and the increasing complexity of image processing algorithms, requires higher computing power. Cluster computing is a cost-effective way to increase the speed of computation. Enhancing IDL to work on clusters gives scientists access to increased performance in a familiar programming environment. We propose to develop a tool suite that enables IDL to benefit from cluster systems. We demonstrated in Phase I the availability of all key technologies by developing prototype implementations. The main emphasis of the Phase II will be to enhance the interactivity of the tools and advance the suite to market-ready quality. Increased data analysis power enables e.g. near real-time data analysis for space-weather prediction or reduces the response time for analyzing data on demand, as desirable in virtual observatory environments. The wide spread of IDL allows scientists from other fields to benefit from the increased execution speed.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The problem of increasing amounts of data that needs to be analyzed exists in
all branches of NASA. Increasing the computing capabilities of the data analysis software is therefore of interest to all NASA branches. The widespread use of IDL throughout NASA makes the tools developed in this project applicable, not only to the Sun-Earth Connection theme but within the entire agency. In addition, the development of a low-cost alternative to the commercial IDL software is a cost reduction factor beneficial all NASA branches.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
IDL is widely used at National Laboratories, universities and private industry. Research branches processing observational data, including medical imaging, chemistry, and earth science, face the same problem of increasing amounts of data to be processed. Their interest is also to reduce the time needed to perform the analysis, making them potential customers for the tools developed in this project. The cost savings resulting from this project could make it even more attractive,especially to private industry.

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