Petascale Acquisition Forum, June 19, 2006

August 4, 2006

NSF Invites Prospective Proposing Institutions and Vendors to a Discussion of Plans for a Petascale HPC Acquisition

As indicated in the President's FY 2007 Budget Request, NSF is planning for the acquisition of a petascale high-performance computing (HPC) system.  Subject to the availability of funds, NSF expects to begin funding the resulting multi-year acquisition project in FY07.  The petascale HPC system to be acquired will permit science and engineering communities to address some of their most computationally challenging research needs.

HPC system vendors and potential resource provider organizations (organizations who, either separately or in collaboration with others, wish to propose to manage the development, deployment, and operation of a petascale system on behalf of the science and engineering research community) are invited to meet with each other and with NSF staff to discuss the time-line and strategy for this petascale system acquisition on Monday, June 19, 2006, from 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22230.  Those interested in attending this meeting should send email with their name and affiliation to, no later than June 14, 2006.  Space is limited so please register early.

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