STTR Phase I: Accelerator for Offloading Services of Next Generation Data-Centers

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0638126
Agency Tracking Number: 0638126
Amount: $148,037.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: IT
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
555 Bryant St, 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE, Palo Alto, CA, 94301
DUNS: 141943030
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gerald Sabin
 (937) 433-2886
Business Contact
 Gerald Sabin
Title: PhD
Phone: (937) 433-2886
Research Institution
 OH State Univ
 Todd K Grimes
 190 North Oval Mall
Columbus, OH, 43210-1321
 (650) 248-3371
 Nonprofit college or university
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I Project investigates the design of a data-center functionality off-load engine (DCFOE) based on a field-programmable gate array (FPGA)-based accelerator to off load common data center services. This DCFOE engine is intended to interact with both the host system running existing data-center applications, as well as existing network interconnects such as InfiniBand, 10-Gigabit Ethernet, to not only utilize their capabilities, but also to supplement them with more advanced communication as well as application relevant features that are not available currently. During this research project, feasibility studies of this unique design are planned by emulating the behavior of the DCFOE using software approaches; using a dedicated core of multi-core systems; as well as software-hardware hybrid approaches. The proposed technology transfer and product will lead to significant performance enhancements for next generation data centers. Scientists, engineers and researchers from many different fields such as science, engineering, medicine, banking, rely on data centers and novel services to store, access and manipulate terabytes of data. This STTR research project will lead to a unique product in the market which can be used by the next-generation data centers to provide scalability and high performance. Such a product will be very useful for large-scale data centers being deployed at research laboratories. The general public, the federal government, industry, and universities would benefit from the outcomes of this research project.

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