Collaborative File System (CFS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-00ER82985
Agency Tracking Number: 60400S00-II
Amount: $749,813.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1000 Technology Drive, Suite 3220, Fairmont, WV, 26554
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Fotta
 Principal Investigator
 (304) 363-6757
Business Contact
 Nelly Patel
Title: President
Phone: (304) 363-6757
Research Institution
60400 The size and significance of most research, development, or business activities require teams of people to work together. However, the majority of collaborative tools today are application specific and require collaborators to develop new or additional skills with computing proficiency. This project will develop an alternative approach that will propel collaboration forward by employing a collaboration engine that allows for the mirroring of key files across a group of users. This application-independent service would allow all existing single or multi-user applications to be used in a more collaborative manner across existing infrastructures. In Phase I, a mirroring prototype was developed to demonstrate the feasibility of real time mirroring as a service, and its application independence was verified. Additionally, the requirements for a kernel set of mirroring components needed to provide for thick or thin features to a client system were examined, while addressing contention, security, and scalability issues. Phase II will research the intelligence elements necessary for a client agent and server agent and develop client and server software components that provide for a powerful and robust mirroring capability. Additionally, contention, security, and scalability features will be built into the kernel components. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The collaborative engine, built on mirroring and agents, should work across heterogeneous platforms and enable the conversion of existing single-user or multi-user applications into collaborative tools without requiring any changes to the client operating environments, the servers, or other existing infrastructure.

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