Transport Protocol and Security Extensions to GridFTP

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-07ER84727
Agency Tracking Number: 82656
Amount: $99,970.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: 37
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-06ER06-30
Small Business Information
1395 Piccard Drive, Suite 210, Rockville, MD, 20850
DUNS: 160071718
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alex Gross
 (410) 615-3864
Business Contact
 Jesse Wen
Title: Dr
Phone: (301) 332-2900
Research Institution
The data distribution and management functions for large-scale collaboration face significant challenges as emerging data-intensive applications necessitate efficient and secure transport across geographically dispersed locations. GridFTP is a powerful solution that has been developed to address these transport requirements for Grid computing, particularly within the Department of Energy. Considerable improvements to the speed and functionality of the GridFTP toolset could be achieved if next-generation hardware-accelerated technologies were incorporated. To that end, this project will develop significant extensions to GridFTP that will incorporate powerful protocol offload engines. These protocol offload engines are capable of processing at all layers, from the physical layer to the application layer (OSI layers 1-7), and are tailored specifically to accelerate GridFTP. They will reside on a custom Network Interface Controller (NIC) card, thus severely reducing the software-induced bottlenecks associated with protocol processing and enabling secure, wire-rate transfer of data at 10 ¿ 40 Gb/s. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The system should be especially well suited for transferring and managing large data sets across geographically dispersed grids and supercomputers on ultra-high-speed networks such as the UltraScience Net

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