Status Report

System Development for Virtulalization Study

By SpaceRef Editor
April 28, 2008
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Synopsis – Apr 26, 2008

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNG08244986L
Posted Date: Apr 26, 2008
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Apr 26, 2008
Original Response Date: May 11, 2008
Current Response Date: May 11, 2008
Classification Code: C — Architect and engineering services
NAICS Code: 541330 – Engineering Services
Set-Aside Code: Total Small Business

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 210.Y, Greenbelt, MD 20771


NASA/GSFC has a requirement for numerical modeling and system virtualization to research the feasibility of moving the development environment from the current linux based environment to an Intel based virtual machine.

Work to be performed as follows:

1. Create a standalone development system which mimics the current environment utilized by the Software integration and Visualization Office (Code 610.3) for the front end to the super computer.

2. Establish performance baselines for the standalone system.

3. Develop a prototype virtual machine that executes on Intel based Host OS. As Code 610.3 uses a variety of Host OS, VMWare virtualization products will provide the most efficient path. This includes VMServer, VMServer Console and VMPlayer for Windows and Linux along with VMWare Fusion for Mac OSX.

4. Test interoperability of VMWare solutions across the variety of Host OS implementations. Host OS which will be tested include Windows XP, Red Hat Fedora Core 7 and Mac OSX (flavor to be defined by Code 610.3).

5. Establish baselines for performance in Virtual environments.

6. Produce documentation supporting a feasibility decision for using virtualization as a sandbox strategy for modeling efforts.

7. Develop success criteria for a virtualization effort. Specifically define what performance parameters need to be achieved to make a virtualization strategy successful.

8. Produce report describing results of various configurations and produce a recommendation for development of stable, maintainable and portable modeling environments.

NASA/GSFC intends to purchase this service from Embedded-Eng, Inc. Embededded-Eng has some unique capabilities including experience with the development of numerical models and signal processing algorithms for a number of industries, including atmospheric remote sensing, as well as research in the core technologies associated with the system Virtualization. Coupling these two backgrounds could yield significant savings in efficiency and accuracy of modeling activities executed by our researchers.

Any technical questions regarding this acquisition must be submitted in writing to Keva R. Crossen via e-mail at, no later than 4:30PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on May 6, 2008. It is the offeror’s responsibility for downloading their own copy of this notice and amendments (if any).

Authority is FAR 13.106-1(b)(1) Only one source reasonably available.

The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. See Note 26.

This procurement is being conducted under the Simplified Acquisition Procedures (SAP) set forth in FAR Part 13.

This solicitation/synopsis shall not be construed as a commitment by the Government, nor will the Government pay for the information solicited.

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local time on May 11, 2008. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government.

Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.

All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency.

An Ombudsman has been appointed. See NASA Specific Note “B”.

Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

Point of Contact

Title: Purchasing Agent
Phone: 301-614-5587
Fax: 301-614-5619

Name: Nipa Shah
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: 301-614-5590
Fax: 301-614-5619

Government-wide Notes

SpaceRef staff editor.