(Information on this page from the central CHPMR website at UMBC)

CHMPR Vision Statement

The NSF Center for Multicore Productivity Research (CHMPR) and its affiliated industry and government partners aim to be recognized globally as the preeminent cooperative research consortium for addressing the productivity, performance and scalability issues in meeting the insatiable computational demands of its sponsors applications through the continuous evolution of multicore architectures and open source tools.


  • Advance the computational training of affiliated university students and faculty in multicore technologies through course offerings and internship opportunities
  • Provide challenging computational research opportunities to university faculty in areas of interest to affiliated sponsors
  • Conduct fundamental research in the application and performance of hybrid multicore processing for Big Data for Environmental, Health, Cyber and Disaster Management
  • Provide opportunities for students and faculty to engage with industry and government partners on projects of relevance to their interests
  • Explore new research applications made possible by hybrid capabilities: Personalized Medicine, Climate Change Data, Natural Disasters, Big Data Analytics, Brain Research, HPC Exascale computing (Power, Reliability, Performance), Quantum Computing

Research Areas

The CHMPR research programs draw on the diverse computational science expertise available at the partnering universities to address industry’s current and future multicore application needs. The specific multicore applications and cloud computing services will be focused on the following:

  • Big Data Computations; Personal Medical Intelligence, Climate Change, Bio-Cellular imaging, Material Genomics
  • Sustainable Environment; Human Sensor Networks, Visual Animation Social Media Mining and Modeling
  • Next Gen Computing; GPU/CPU hybrid workflow systems, Acquire 512 node IBM iDataplax Dual Intel Nehalem Processors; 1439663 5 Peta-Exascale Resilience and Scalability, Quantum Computing
  • Cognitive and Neuroscience; Hybrid compute hardware and software designs for previously incomputable domains of social consequence
  • Assured Social Media Information; Crowd sourcing, False Information, steganography detection

As part of this, CHMPR will conduct:

  • Performance analysis and scaling optimization of compute data intensive modeling and simulation applications on hybrid multicore systems
  • Software tool deployments and algorithmic design to take advantage of parallel distributed computing
  • Interactive digital media and 3-D graphic environments.


These partnerships offer two levels of industry membership, depending on the size of the organization. CHMPR membership provides benefits to government and industry partners that range from strategic to logistic to interpersonal, as follows (adopted from the CHMPR benefits site).

Collaboration, Research, and Oversight

  • Foster relationships for government/university and industry/university collaborations within and beyond membership
  • Selection of project topics that membership resources support
  • Direct influence over cutting-edge research of prime interest
  • NSF reporting and IAB reviews on semiannual formal basis
  • Rapid transfer of results from projects to all CHMPR sites
  • Members have insight and access to all CHMPR research projects

Leveraging Resources and Synergy

  • Leverage relatively small investment to reap far greater return via consortium-style research center
  • Members can identify fundamental research projects for supplementary NSF I/UCRC funding
  • Access to university research labs with world-class facilities
  • Highly leveraged and synergistic pool of multicore computing resources
  • Cost-effective R&D in today’s budget-tight environment, ideal for Return on Investment (ROI). The ROI is approximately 12:1

Personnel & Recruitment

  • Access to strong cadre of faculty, students, and post-docs
  • Strong pool of students with experience for internships with industry and government
  • Offering of computational science curricula, theory, and practice

Technology Transfer

  • Amass research ideas to inspire and drive new government and industry projects and products
  • Transfer research results to serve government and industry projects and products
  • Provide prototype tools to support government and industry projects and products


  • Meet and interact with other key players in government, industry, peers, and customers
  • Meet and interact with key players in government and academia
  • By extension, network more broadly from contacts provided by fellow members

Funding Benefits

  • NSF provides base infrastructure funds for CHMPR via Industry/University Research Center (I/UCRC) grants
  • Industry and government partners support CHMPR through memberships
    • Each membership is associated with ONE university. Partners may hold multiple memberships (supporting multiple students) at one or multiple sites
  • Membership Fee: $40K per annum for the years 2015 and 2016
    • Base cost of a graduate student for one year includes stipend, tuition, insurance, and related expenses including Other Direct Costs (ODC) is >$50K
  • Each university supplements cost of CHMPR operations
    • 40% university matching of industry membership fees by reducing ODCs on membership fees to 10% from 50%
  • CHMPR funding leverage is greater than 3:1