<span class="var-sub_title">What the Heck Is HEC?</span> SC18 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

What the Heck Is HEC?

Authors: Sandy Landsberg (US Department of Defense HPC Modernization Program)

Abstract: Federal High-End Computing (HEC) is evolving in response to the needs of the HEC community and advancing technological landscape, including rapidly changing architecture, anticipated end to Moore’s Law, facing the challenges associated with the data tsunami, and scaling software to newer and more complex platforms. Consequently, the HEC environment is more complex than ever and these factors stress the HEC community in every way. This BoF will provide an overview of the current and emerging federal HEC efforts and seeks to have a candid discussion with the HEC community on how it can be collaboratively cultivated to serve tomorrow’s challenges.

Long Description: The U.S. government recognizes that HEC serves a significant and vital role for the federal government, academia, and industry. For the federal government, HEC involves providing and operating the HEC systems and associated infrastructure and applications [1] and research and development (R&D) efforts [2] to advance high-capability computing and to develop fundamentally new approaches in high-capability computing.

These federal HEC efforts aim not only to advance the technology but to meet the needs of the scientific, academic, and federal communities in supporting and stimulating scientific discovery and innovation for national security, economic competitiveness, and scientific and technology leadership. Hence, it is essential to cultivate the relationships that will foster a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of how mission needs and emerging technologies can work synergistically to make progress. This BoF will bring together the HEC community to understand and explore what HEC means to the Federal Government and how collectively we can advance HEC to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges.

Some of the questions that will be posed by the BoF include: • What more can be done to build a community to collaboratively advance HEC? How do we maintain this community, e.g. communicate? • What synergies do you see in the future and how can we best exploit these? For example, the convergence of HPC and big data will allow for real-time data intensive computing for a variety of analysis, simulation and experimental observation. What opportunities do you see on the horizon? • What gaps do you see that have not been addressed? What do you think is being done right? • How do we accelerate the advancement of HEC? Are we adopting new technologies fast enough or too fast? What can the federal agencies learn from industry or academia on this?

Reference: 1 https://www.nitrd.gov/subcommittee/NITRD-PCAs-2019.aspx#HCIA 2 https://www.nitrd.gov/subcommittee/NITRD-PCAs-2019.aspx#EHCS

URL: https://www.nitrd.gov/nitrdgroups/index.php?title=SC18-Birds-of-Feather

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