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Software and Tools for High-End Computing (ST-HEC)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 09-530 for the latest version.

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

NSF/DARPA High-End Computing University Research


Because of the ever-growing complexity of scientific and engineering problems, computational needs continue to increase rapidly. Breakthrough-quality scientific discoveries and the optimal design of large and complex artifacts impose enormous demands on computing resources and the expertise to utilize them. But most of the currently available hardware, software, systems, and algorithms are primarily focused on business applications or smaller scale scientific and engineering problems, and cannot meet the high-end computing (HEC) needs of cutting-edge scientific and engineering work.

This solicitation is concerned exclusively with high-end software tools for extreme-scale scientific computation, which are highly computation- and data-intensive, and cannot be satisfied in today’s typical cluster environment. The target hosts for these tools are systems comprised of thousands to tens of thousands of processors.

The ST-HEC program will support innovative research activities aimed at building complex software and tools (on top of the operating system) for high-end architectures. The topics of interests are:

  • Pre-processors and compilers.
  • Software tools for dynamic and adaptive computation.
  • Software tools for job scheduling and resource management.
  • Software tools for debugging and monitoring.
  • Programming and software tools for effective locality-aware computing.
  • Software tools for adaptive and global memory management.

Program contacts

Robert Graybill
rgraybill@darpa.mil 703-696-2220
Jose Munoz
Senior Scientific Advisor
jmunoz@nsf.gov (703) 292-8970
Frederica Darema
Senior Science and Technology Advisor
fdarema@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950

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