May 06, 2017 08:12 AM EDT
For the individual who can make NASA's simulation code better and faster, they will get $15,000 from NASA as a reward. This software is called the FUN3D, which is usually used to simulate fluid dynamics.
NASA To Reward $15,000 To Make Software Better And Faster
NASA's FUN3D project started way back in the 1980s, and it has been in active development for a long time already. They are now looking for ways to make it better and optimized for future uses, which is why they are offering a lot of money for anyone who can do it for them. They are offering $15,000 and $10,000 prizes to the top two contributors of the code optimizations, and they are also offering another reward for more general optimization suggestions, The Verge reported.
NASA Teams Up With Crowdsourcing Organizations For Reward
Since the rewards are quite hefty, NASA has teamed up with two technology crowdsourcing organizations for this ordeal. They have partnered with HeroX and Topcoder for this big competition. They are allowing any US citizen 18 or older to take a shot at tweaking at FUN3D's code, Ars Technica reported.
NASA Looking For Skilled Programmers
With the help of the competition, NASA is particularly looking for skilled programmers to specially download the FUN3D code. They will have to analyze its performance issues, and find out what they can do to tweak and modify some of it that could result in reducing overall computational time.
NASA Looking Into Chain Mail Fabric For Space Use
In other NASA related news, a team of NASA engineers have developed a prototype fabric that has some characteristics similar to the chain mail. The fabric is strung together from a series of metallic tiles, which will reflect light on one side, and absorb it on the other. This will allow it to provide a mechanism for thermal regulation, Space.com reported.
Check out NASA's High Performance Fast Computing Challenge video below: