P etaFLOPS
E nabling
T echnologies and
A pplications


PETA is.......

... a World Wide Web (WWW)-based, on-line Resource Center -- a multidisciplinary arena for petaFLOPS computing systems. The purpose of PETA is to build a community with shared interests in extreme scale computing.


The NASA High Performance Computing and Communications Program Office is sponsoring the index to encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary cooperation in the domain of PetaFLOPS computing. PETA will function as a nexus of hyper links to petaFLOPS-enabling research that is currently scattered across the country. This hub of information is expected to impact the evolution and application of PetaFLOPS-scaled systems. PETA will bring together the separate areas of PetaFLOPS-enabling research from across the nation. The web site provides a directory containing petaFLOPS definitions, a guide to using PETA, and links to national research. The site also provides a "Hotlist" section for significant developments and events in areas of petaFLOPS computing.

Volunteer editors will periodically analyze the information on PETA and provide on-line summaries to maximize researchers' use of this frequently updated index.

PETA was created to enable the work involved in PetaFLOPS Computing and is sponsored by the NASA Headquarters High Performance Computing and Communications Office. NASA is the lead agency in exploring the technology requirements supporting the development of PetaFLOPS computing systems. There are two primary objectives of this effort:

The PetaFLOPS initiative is led by NASA Headquarters and involves the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Advanced Research Program Agency, the National Security Agency, and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization. Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been assigned the lead responsibility to coordinate petaFLOPS study activities.

The near term purpose of this initiative is to:


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Authorizing NASA Official: Bill Feiereisen, Program Manager, NASA HPCC Program
Senior Editor: Thomas Sterling

Curators: Michele O'Connell (Michele.OConnell@hq.nasa.gov), Lawrence Picha (Larry.Picha@hq.nasa.gov),


Revised: 21 AUGUST 96 (lpicha)