NASA High Performance Fast Computing Ideation Challenge

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) is tasked with innovating at the cutting edge of aerospace.  In executing that mission, ARMD relies on advanced computational tools that include the NASA FUN3D software for solving nonlinear partial differential equations, known as Navier-Stokes equations, used for steady and unsteady flow computations including large eddy simulations in computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

NASA’s aeronautical innovators are launching two companion challenges to reward qualified contenders who can optimize the agency’s FUN3D design software so it runs 10 to 1,000 times faster on the Pleiades supercomputer without any decrease in accuracy.

The FUN3D software is written predominately in Modern Fortran. Since the code is owned by the U.S. government, it has strict export restrictions requiring all challenge participants to be U.S. citizens over the age of 18. 

NASA is looking for qualified people who can download the FUN3D code, analyze the performance bottlenecks, and identify possible modifications that might lead to reducing overall computational time.  This ideation challenge seeks novel ideas and approaches that may include, but are not limited to, exploiting algorithmic developments in such areas as grid adaptation, higher-order methods and efficient solution techniques for high-performance computing hardware.  

Sponsoring/Partner Organizations:  NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

Benefits of Participation/Awards Available:  Up to $20,000

Open Date:  May 2, 2017 

Close Date:  June 27, 2017 

Frequency:  Once