Software Infrastructure to Enable Modeling & Simulation as a Service (M&SaaS)

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,993.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX10CA68C
Agency Tracking Number:
084354
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
S6.05
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Parabon Computation, Inc.
11260 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 406, Reston, VA, 20190-5203
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
158679253
Principal Investigator:
Steven Armentrout
Principal Investigator
(703) 689-9689
sarmentrout@parabon.com
Business Contact:
Paula Gawthorp-Armentrout
Vice Pres & Corp Secretary
(703) 703-9689
parmentrout@parabon.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This SBIR Phase 2 project will produce a software service infrastructure that enables most modeling and simulation (M&S) activities – from code development and compilation to runtime execution and collaboration – to be performed from a standard web browser across cloud- and grid-enabled computing resources. By addressing the security, scalability and virtualization challenges that have heretofore prevented service-centric M&S from being practical, this first-of-its-kind Modeling and Simulation as a Service (M&SaaS) platform will allow M&S users and developers alike to avoid many of the obstacles that currently confound the delivery, accessibility and usability of traditional, non-service-oriented M&S software. Building upon its commercial Grid Software as a Service (GSaaS) platform, Parabon convincingly demonstrated M&SaaS feasibility in Phase 1, as well as its ability to deliver the M&SaaS solution, completing in Phase 1 a Phase 2 solicitation goal of executing a NASA climate model across a computational grid and displaying the results, all from a browser. By the completion of Phase 2, M&SaaS will support, at TRL 6-7, browser-based source code editing, management of distributed repositories, research collaboration via forums and wikis, and virtualized build and runtime environments, all from within richly featured and access-controlled web accounts. M&SaaS has the potential to revolutionize how M&S is practiced across many industries – including defense, finance and pharmaceuticals – however, its benefit to NASA could be remarkable. Because the NASA mission often involves science that does not readily admit to direct experimentation, M&S is often the only means by which to answer significant scientific and engineering questions. The productivity improvements and cost reductions enabled via this new service paradigm will help NASA and other organizations generate discoveries more readily and realize significantly higher return on M&S investments.

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