NASA Invests in DQSI for High Performance GIS Research

NASA Invests in DQSI for High Performance GIS Research

NASA Invests in DQSI for High Performance GIS Research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                     


 February 25, 2011                                          

Covington, LA– DQSI, LLC. announced today that NASA has awarded the company a Phase I SBIR project, titled: “Distributed GIS Computing for High Performance Simulation and Visualization.”  Under the project, DQSI will be researching and developing high performance computing (HPC) that address NASA’s mission for Earth Science Applied Research and Decision Support. 

“The SBIR and STTR programs help facilitate innovative research and technology development among America’s most creative small businesses,” said Bobby Braun, NASA chief technologist at the agency’s Headquarters in Washington. “These Phase I awards will serve as seed funds for transformative research and technology projects that have the potential to mature new products and services of great benefit to NASA and the nation.”

Today, the ability of sensors to generate geographical data is virtually limitless. Although NASA provides a capability for accessing, manipulating, and visualizing data, an enormous gap still exists between raw and simulated data and the visualization capability.  The challenge addressed in this research is to develop new methods for automating the access and processing of raw sensor data, sharing data and methods among researchers, and integrating visualization throughout the process.  To meet this challenge, DQSI will develop new innovations, particularly Geo-Cloud™ (   The significance of the Geo-Cloud creation is that it is a highly performing, scalable, network environment that encompasses: 1) a high performance cloud computing (HPCC) environment, and 2) geographical context (HPGIS) whereby users can store, access, and manipulate extensive geographical resources.  Geo-Cloud provides virtualized access to Internet2 and supercomputing resources for processing very large datasets and simulations.

The project will be managed by DQSI’s Advanced Research Center (DARC).  DARC funding comes from a variety of sources including grants from federal and state agencies.  DARC maintains research facilities at the NASA Stennis Space Center through the Mississippi enterprise for Technology (MsET) and the University of New Orleans (UNO) Research & Technology Park.  Collaborators on the project include UNO’s Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Research and the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI).

DQSI President & and CEO, Dr. Shelly Stubbs stated, “This investment is an important step in our continued DARC research in cloud computing and GIS technology.”  DQSI was the sole recipient from both Mississippi and Louisiana of the 1,876 separate 2010 NASA SBIR proposals.  It is rewarding to see our many years of GIS and scientific support recognized in this way by NASA.”   


DQSI, LLC ( is Louisiana-based women-owned, 8a, small business, providing exceptional professional services to public and private organizations in the Gulf Coast region and beyond.  DQSI conducts research through the DQSI advanced research center (DARC).  Today DQSI provides military, civilian, and commercial clients with a full spectrum of technical,  management, and research services, including: Information Technology (IT); Cloud & High Performance Computing (HPC) Services; Geological, Oceanographic & GIS Services; Environmental Services; Green Energy Services; and Construction Services.

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