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Release No: 655-97
December 04, 1997

FOUR DOD LAB CENTERS TO RECEIVE FUNDING TO ASSIST IN ENHANCING HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING

The Department of Defense office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering today announced selection of four organizations to receive a total of approximately $16 million in funding from the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP).

The organizations, called distributed centers, that will be awarded funds are: Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome component, Rome, N.Y.; Maui High Performance Computing Center, Maui, Hawaii; Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D. C.; and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), San Diego, Calif. Each of these centers will be funded during Fiscal Year 1998 to procure a high performance computing system that will be applied to particular technical challenges identified in the center's proposal submitted as part of the competitive selection process.

Distributed centers were established by HPCMP to address problems that include real-time data acquisition processing, signal image processing and embedded system applications. In order to receive funding, defense research and development or developmental test and evaluation centers are invited to submit proposals to HPCMP. The proposals are then evaluated for both technical and mission significance by a multi-service, multi-discipline panel. Proposals for the awards announced today were submitted and evaluated in February 1997 for a two-year implementation process. The four new awards bring to nine selected during the FY97/98 cycle. A tenth award is anticipated during early 1998.

The projects announced today are indicative of the breadth of support to defense programs uniquely provided by the distributed centers initiative of HPCMP. The Maui center has provided the DoD high performance computing user community with a combination of the most advanced scaleable parallel processor capability, as well as unique local expertise in image processing. The SPAWAR award will allow the DoD community to install and investigate the support of real-time sensor/data fusion and advanced digital libraries using emerging scaleable systems based on commodity components and commercially available software systems.

The Naval Research Laboratory distributed center will continue to provide DoD users with leading-edge, high-performance computing capabilities for continued scaling of state-of-the-art commercial systems of interest to the broader user community. The Rome Laboratory operation will procure a next-generation, real-time signal and image processor for the development and testing of future embedded parallel algorithms supporting major defense command and control projects.

High Performance Computing Modernization Program was established to enable the United States to maintain its technological supremacy over its adversaries in weapon systems design and to foster the flow of this technology into warfighting support systems. Additional information concerning the program is available from the program office at (703) 812-8205, or at http://www.hpcmo.hpc.mil/.

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