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Awardee:UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
Doing Business As Name:University of Illinois at Chicago
PD/PI:
  • Jakob Eriksson
  • (312) 413-2103
  • jakob@uic.edu
Award Date:08/02/2021
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 499,957
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 499,957
  • FY 2021=$499,957
Start Date:10/01/2021
End Date:09/30/2024
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.070
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:CNS Core: Small: Operating System Approaches for a Consolidated Rack Computer
Federal Award ID Number:2114218
DUNS ID:098987217
Parent DUNS ID:041544081
Program:CSR-Computer Systems Research
Program Officer:
  • Marilyn McClure
  • (703) 292-5197
  • mmcclure@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:809 S. Marshfield Avenue
City:Chicago
State:IL
ZIP:60612-4305
County:Chicago
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:07

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:University of Illinois at Chicago
Street:851 S Morgan St
City:Chicago
State:IL
ZIP:60607-7077
County:Chicago
Country:US
Cong. District:07

Abstract at Time of Award

The objective of this project is to lay the foundations for a new type of computer, termed a “rack computer”. Named for the racks commonly used to hold computers in today's data centers, a rack computer consists of several individual computers, co-located in a rack. Instead of large number of individually managed computers, however, a rack computer appears to the user as if it was a single computer with the combined resources of the individual machines. Toward this goal, the PI will investigate new programming models, communication mechanisms and operating system designs. Compared to existing techniques from the cloud-, cluster- and super-computing worlds, a rack computer allows the same program to more seamlessly scale from a basic laptop computer, to a full rack of powerful servers. Because one rack can hold a substantial amount of computing power, including as many as 10,000 CPU cores, and because rack computers offer substantial efficiency gains over current techniques, a single rack computer may be enough to host many services that today require complex engineering to bring to Internet scale. This promises to substantially reduce both development and deployment complexity, and thus costs, while at the same time improving energy efficiency. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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