NSF 06-035: Frequently Asked Questions about “Leadership-Class
System Acquisition - Creating a Petascale Computing Environment
for Science and Engineering (NSF
This page provides clarification and pointers to additional material
that might be of interest to people and organizations considering
submitting a proposal in response to the solicitation named above.
The full text of the solicitation may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06573/nsf06573.html .
This page was last updated on June 15th, 2006.
- Will these FAQs
be updated and how will I know if an update occurs?
If we receive questions about the solicitation
that may be of general interest, we may add the question and an
appropriate answer to this list of FAQs. Unfortunately, we have
no reliable mechanism for broadcasting an announcement that an
update to the FAQs has occurred. Prospective PIs are encouraged
to check this web address periodically.
- What are some additional
sources of information that might be helpful to prospective proposing
Prospective proposing organizations
might find the following to be useful sources of background
Information about usage of existing NSF-funded major HPC centers.
LRAC, MRAC and NRAC allocations http://www.scd.ucar.edu/csl/alloc.2006.html -
Resource allocations at NCAR’s Climate Simulation Lab.
Information about NSF awards
search for project abstract by investigator name, project title
or award number.
A number of research communities have articulated
their future HPC science and engineering goals in workshop reports
and similar documents. A number of these may be accessed from
the OCI web page, http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=OCI.
organizations are required to ensure open access for researchers;
what does this mean?
The awardee will be required to provide system
access to personnel associated with projects that receive HPC
allocations through the national Large Resource Allocation Committee.
This is not intended to curtail the right of an awardee to restrict
access for personnel who have misused their access privileges.
Nor should it be interpreted as requiring an awardee to provide
users with physical access to the HPC systems.
it permissible to include, in a single proposal, options
for a particular architecture deployed at two or more different
scales at correspondingly different costs? E.g. Option 1: system
X for $YM; Option 2: 2 times System X for $ZM.
No. Each proposal should be for the acquisition and deployment
of a single, petascale, HPC system.