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The objective of the DesignForward program was to initiate partnerships between DOE centers and vendors to
accelerate the research and development of critical technologies needed for exa-scale computing.

The principal research areas of interest in the DesignForward program were in the general areas of
of system integration and interconnect technology. Broadly, the program was looking for proposals in
the following areas:

  •     System Integration

New node technologies, new programming models, improvements in energy utilization, improvements in resilience and reliability, etc.

  •     Interconnect Technology

Better overall design to integrate with communications usage and methods, better integration with processors and memory, new interconnect fabrics and better scalability, etc.

More information about this program including proposals, statements of work, and public documents from vendors can be found here.