NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 S6.05-9720
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Software as a Service to Large Scale Modeling
PROPOSAL TITLE: Charlotte: Scientific Modeling and Simulation Under the Software as a Service Paradigm

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Tech-X Corporation
5621 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite A
Boulder, CO 80303 - 1379
(303) 448-0727

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Daniel Karipides
5621 Arapahoe Ave Ste A
Boulder , CO 80303 - 1379
(303) 996-2036

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
NASA spends considerable effort supporting the efforts of collaborating researchers. These researchers are interested in interacting with scientific models provided by NASA and they are located throughout the world. The process of distributing legacy research codes to this disparate group of researches and assisting them with the compilation of these codes is time consuming and there for costly. The proposed innovation would allow users to interact with these models using a modern, familiar web-based application interface. Functionality such as the editing of input conditions, interaction with supercomputing queues, monitoring of code progress, and accessing of results would all be provided through web services. The web application would interact with these web services based on user input from a variety of controls. The architecture is based on the paradigm of Software as a Service and similar to technologies underlying state of the art web applications such as Google Maps. As such it represents a huge advancement from the traditional approach of distributing legacy codes and dealing with compilation issues with varying hardware and operating systems.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The web application and collection of web services proposed here would be of direct interest to the many NASA collaborators worldwide. Relieving NASA itself from the support role represents a significant cost savings. Virtually any model that is encapsulated in a research code can be made available using the proposed invention. Of particular interest are the weather models developed at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The paradigm of scientists collaborating with each other via the distribution of large, complex research codes is a familiar one across many communities, including those outside of NASA. A web application that allowed one institution to host a model and allow others to interact with that model via the web is applicable to many different industries. This includes areas such as climate modeling, computational fluid dynamics, structural analysis, and large-scale multi-physics simulations.

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.

Human-Computer Interfaces
Software Tools for Distributed Analysis and Simulation

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