NASA STTR 2008 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 T5.01-9935
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Benchmark Numerical Toolkits for High Performance Computing
PROPOSAL TITLE: HPC Benchmark Suite NMx

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (SBC): RESEARCH INSTITUTION (RI):
NAME: Intelligent Automation, Inc. NAME: University of Central Florida
STREET: 15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400 STREET: 3100 Technology Parkway
CITY: Rockville CITY: Orlando
STATE/ZIP: MD  20855 - 2737 STATE/ZIP: FL  32826 - 0544
PHONE: (301) 294-5221 PHONE: (407) 882-1114

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Sendil Rangaswamy
sendilr@i-a-i.com

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 5

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Intelligent Automation Inc., (IAI) and University of Central Florida (UCF) propose to develop a comprehensive numerical test suite for benchmarking current and future high performance computing activities. The key innovation in this effort is development of a comprehensive numerical test suite for benchmarking current and future high performance computing activities. Our technical approach builds on our experience in cluster computing, distributed agents system, parallel model developments for High Performance Computing (HPC) and our teams expertise in these areas for problem selection.
The developed benchmarking numerical suite (HPC benchmark suite NMx) will include (1) dense and unsymmetrical matrix problems faced in space aviation and problems in thermally driven structural response and radiation exchange, (2) implicit solution algorithms with production models and benchmarks for indefinite matrices and pathological cases (3) configurations scaling for large systems (64, 256, 512, 1024 distributed high performance system) in shared, distributed and mixed memory conditions (4) documentation for strengths, weaknesses, and limitations of the toolkits used together with recommendations and (5) precision and round-off studies on serial and parallel machines, comparison of solutions on serial and parallel hardware with study of wall clock performance with respect to the number of processors.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Our technical approach builds on our experience in cluster computing, distributed agents system, parallel model developments for High Performance Computing (HPC) and our teams expertise in these areas for problem selection. The benchmarking application will be directly useful for high performance computing applications for NASA.
For NASA there is a vast potential need for benchmarking the solutions that could be applied to heat transfer problems in structures in avionics, diagnostic of structures in space exploration and exploration of structure formation and problems in geology. Other applications include testing requirements for computation architectures where simulation modeling environments have solvers that run into hundreds of degrees of freedom.
IAI has a long history of successfully developing distributed computing simulation applications for NASA. Our previously developed distributed agent simulation system has been embraced by NASA as the development platform for its simulator for the next generation air traffic control system.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The bench marking suite developed for HPC under this topic is applicable to computations in aerospace, avionics, military and civilian use. These high performance applications include thermal and structural problems in industry, manufacturing sectors and military. Other applications include diagnostics and health monitoring applications.

IAI has tremendous experience of developing distributed applications and simulation platforms and commercializing them by packaging to field-ready units. We had successfully sold our developed distributed computing applications to established companies. Here again the developed technology from this contract will be packaged for different market segments with the goal of licensing our technology and possible collaboration efforts.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING
Computer System Architectures
Simulation Modeling Environment
Software Tools for Distributed Analysis and Simulation
Testing Requirements and Architectures


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