The NOAA Climate Modeling and Research System

In September 2008, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on collaborative research. Through this MOU, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) provides NOAA with advanced high-performance computing for prototyping critical weather and climate applications in support of NOAA's mission. Computing allocations are fulfilled at ORNL through the DOE Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program.

In July 2009, NOAA and DOE completed a Work for Others (WFO) Agreement to enter into more sustained projects for the challenges which require a closer cooperation and understanding between DOE/ORNL and NOAA. This Agreement will help the Nation prepare for the challenges and risks posed by climate change by improving predictive and adaptive capacities at global to local levels and supporting the developing world in carrying out vulnerability analyses and addressing their findings.

Under the terms of this Agreement, ORNL shall provide research collaboration and technical support for high performance computer and data systems that will deliver improved climate data and model experiments. These models will be used to understand and predict climate variability and change, as well as to produce decision-support tools to facilitate understanding climate change, mitigation strategies, and adaptation options for the Nation.

To further these research goals, ORNL is issuing a Request for Proposal for a computing and storage system that is tailored to meet Climate Modeling and Research mission requirements.

The ORNL National Center for Computational Sciences

The National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides the most powerful computing resources in the world for open scientific research. It is one of the world's premier science facilities, an unparalled research environment that supports dramatic advances in understanding how the physical world works and using that knowledge to address our most pressing national and international concerns.

The NCCS was founded in 1992 to advance the state of the art in high-performance computing by putting new generations of powerful parallel supercomputers into the hands of the scientists who can use them the most productively. It is a managed activity of the Advanced Scientific Computing Research program of the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC).


  • The general period for submitting questions and comments relative to the solicitation has closed. Exceptions will be made for items that are critical to an Offeror completing their proposal. Proprietary questions should be so marked.
  • (Amendment 2) Proposals must be received no later than 12:00 PM EST February 08, 2010


  • A secure method for transferring electronic versions of Offeror's proposal is available. This is expected to alleviate concerns about aggregate email sizes that may exceed either the ORNL or Offeror email delivery system restrictions. This information is posted on the Q&A page for Offerors that want to take advantage of this option.