text-only page produced automatically by LIFT Text Transcoder Skip all navigation and go to page contentSkip top navigation and go to directorate navigationSkip top navigation and go to page navigation
National Science Foundation
design element
Find Funding
A-Z Index of Funding Opportunities
Recent Funding Opportunities
Upcoming Due Dates
Advanced Funding Search
Interdisciplinary Research
How to Prepare Your Proposal
About Funding
Proposals and Awards
Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide
Proposal Preparation and Submission
bullet Grant Proposal Guide
  bullet Grants.gov Application Guide
Award and Administration
bullet Award and Administration Guide
Award Conditions
Merit Review
NSF Outreach
Policy Office
Grants.gov logo

Email this pagePrint this page
Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

Leadership-Class System Acquisition - Creating a Petascale Computing Environment for Science and Engineering

This program has been archived.


Program Guidelines for NSF 06-573, Leadership-Class System Acquisition - Creating a Petascale Computing Environment for Science and Engineering are available at  http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf06573


Name Email Phone Room
Stephen  Meacham smeacham@nsf.gov (703) 292-8970  1145 S  
Jose  Munoz jmunoz@nsf.gov (703) 292-8970  1145 S  


Solicitation  06-573

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.




NSF’s goal for high performance computing (HPC) in the period 2006-2011 is to enable petascale science and engineering through the deployment and support of a world-class HPC environment comprising the most capable combination of HPC assets available to the academic community. The petascale HPC environment will enable investigations of computationally challenging problems that require computing systems capable of delivering sustained performance approaching 1015 floating point operations per second (petaflops) on real applications, that consume large amounts of memory, and/or that work with very large data sets. Among other things, researchers will be able to perform simulations that are intrinsically multi-scale or that involve the simultaneous interaction of multiple processes.

HPC Resource Providers - those organizations willing to acquire, deploy and operate HPC systems in service to the broad science and engineering research and education community - play a key role in the provision and support of a national HPC environment. With this solicitation, NSF requests proposals from organizations, or groups of organizations, willing to serve as a petascale HPC Resource Provider, and who propose to acquire and deploy a new, state-of-the-art, petascale HPC system.

A competitive, petascale HPC system will:

  •          Enable researchers to work on a range of computationally-challenging science and engineering applications at the frontiers of research;
  •          Incorporate reliable, robust system software essential to optimal sustained performance;
  •          Provide a high degree of stability and usability; and,
  •          Function as a community-driven resource that actively engages the research and education communities in petascale science and engineering.
A robust and effective HPC acquisition process, driven by the requirements of the science and engineering research and education community, is one of the key elements of NSF’s HPC strategy. Accordingly, the desired capabilities of the system to be acquired are defined in terms of performance on model problems.

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program


Email this pagePrint this page
Back to Top of page