NASA STTR 2008 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-2 T5.01-9935
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Benchmark Numerical Toolkits for High Performance Computing

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
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400
Rockville, MD 20855 - 2737
(301) 294-4756

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 6

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
In the phase II effort, 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 that 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 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
We successfully demonstrated in phase I that we can accurately and precisely benchmark run time solvers of dense complex matrices in hybrid-distributed memory architecture. We achieved highly scalable super-linear speed-up and scalability of the algorithm for large problem sizes. The tools developed in phase II will greatly improve the performance and efficiency to adapt the benchmarks to HPC systems different hardware architectures at NASA facilities and for non-NASA commercial applications.

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, weather, nuclear simulations and problems in geology. Applications include testing requirements testing requirements for temperature contour of space shuttle, boundary layer Transition protuberance, heat shield problems computations and 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, weather, nuclear simulations 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.

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
Software Tools for Distributed Analysis and Simulation
Testing Requirements and Architectures
Training Concepts and Architectures

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