NASA goes further with its computational portal project

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Parabon announced yesterday that NASA has extended the small business grant it awarded to Parabon Computation last January. That project was for a portal to let NASA’s users run scientific codes from their browser. The new effort is a two year, $600,000 project

As part of the space agency’s highly competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award program, Parabon will deliver a first-of-its-kind software service that enables scientists and engineers to interactively develop, execute and collaborate on modeling and simulation (M&S) applications from any standard web browser.

Built upon Parabon’s Frontier Grid Platform, which manages some of the largest computational grids, the new Modeling and Simulation as a Service (M&SaaS) solution will provide web-based Platform as a Service tools. These tools – such as a browser-based source code editor, online collaboration utilities, and virtualized build and runtime environment management interfaces – will allow developers to more efficiently create and modify a wide variety of high-performance computing (HPC) applications. In addition, the web-centric nature of the project will allow researchers around the world to work together seamlessly, removing barriers that have heretofore hampered scientific collaboration, dramatically increasing productivity for NASA and other organizations.

More in the release.


  1. […] announcements about that collaboration going back as far as January of last year (see here, and here). That collaboration was expanded into a $600,000, two-year effort in February of this year; here […]