NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 S6.01-8665
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Technologies for Large-Scale Numerical Simulation
PROPOSAL TITLE: Accelerating HPC Applications through Specialized Linear Algebra Clouds

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Accelogic, LLC
1830 Main Street, Suite 204
Weston, FL 33326 - 3684
(954) 888-4711

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Juan Gonzalez
1830 Main Street, Suite 204
Weston, FL 33326 - 3684
(954) 888-4711

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Cloud computing has the potential to permit scientists to scale up to solve large science problems without having to invest in hardware and software infrastructure. Even though its use has become commonplace in the business realm, its use in HPC is still limited to a few applications. This project aims at developing, prototyping, validating, and commercializing the world's first cloud-enabled acceleration library of linear algebra solvers. Considering that linear algebra is the most common computational bottleneck in scientific software applications (more than 70% of HPC cycles), the resulting Specialized Linear Algebra Cloud technology will directly impact numerous applications, such as the design of aerospace and automotive vehicles, exploration for new oil & gas reserves, nuclear energy research, and the design of computer chips, among many others.

The Phase I work will incorporate innovations for removing the bandwidth bottleneck in the outsource model of a Specialized Linear Algebra Cloud. We will also design a core platform able to support solver-as-a-service technology in HPC environments. The Phase I technology will be evaluated in three different scenarios: (A) Infrastructure Cloud outsourcing computations to Specialized Clouds, (B) Infrastructure Cloud making use of internal Specialized Clouds, and (C) End-users accelerating code through direct access to Specialized Clouds.

Accelogic's novel numerical libraries are expected to provide next-generation speed/efficiency to existing cloud systems, with direct application to NASA programs, other government applications, and many valuable uses in academia and the private sector. The Phase I proof-of-concept work should advance the technology from TRL 2 to TRL 3, and we expect to reach TRL 5 during Phase II. A world-class combination of experts in algorithm design, computer networks, and numerical analysis pursue these development goals.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA's supercomputer users must solve large-scale linear algebra problems faster and cheaper—yet with guaranteed accuracy. The linear-algebra acceleration cloud we envision producing during this SBIR project will meet this NASA need in the near term. We expect to generate a value proposition that results in a Phase III NASA acquisition (with cloud computing centers procuring our software, mainly through our hardware partners, as an add-on to their hardware enhancement purchases.) Accelogic could then sell an integrated solution that has a clear procurement channel, and that will work on Day 1. (Our Phase III partners will work closely with us to ensure seamless/high-performance integration.) In particular, the framework described in the proposal will enable NASA to take full advantage of cloud-enabled petascale computing by providing a set of tools that can be readily integrated into current (and future) applications by replacing standard calls to state-of-the-art solvers like ScaLAPACK and PETSc.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
For other government customers (e.g., DOD) and private-sector users, the new technology will be integrated into Accelogic's HPC product line, LAPACKrc, which is Accelogic's heterogeneous library (currently under development) for solving linear algebra problems. This SBIR addresses the Internet/Intranet-based linear equation solver server that will allow users to submit jobs remotely and to pay on a job basis with no new hardware costs. Large companies and government/academic/corporate supercomputer centers will purchase the server technology and serve its own users. Small and medium-sized companies needing "speed on a limited budget" will benefit from purchasing service from the availability of such servers on a job basis. Technology-driven companies that must solve large-scale linear equation problems, such as those in structural design and computational chemistry, along with the Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) industry, supercomputer manufacturers and industries providing cloud services will also generate demand.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Computer System Architectures
Data Processing
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Software Tools (Analysis, Design)

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