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National Strategic Computing Initiative Executive Council to unfold Strategic Plan


1 Aug 2016 Washington, D.C. - It has been a year ago since President Obama announced the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) as a whole-of-Nation effort to sustain and enhance U.S. leadership in high-performance computing (HPC). Despite the fact China has gained the first place in the TOP500 supercomputing listing, a lot of progress has been made in the U.S. The National Strategic Computing Initiative Executive Council, headed by the U.S. Office of Science and Technology and the Office of Management and Budget, with members from many other government bodies, has released a "National Strategic Computing Initiative Strategic Plan". The Strategic U.S. goals are now to develop capable exascale computing by the mid-2020s. The plan also emphasizes data analytics support. It also wants to develop new post-Moore technologies, such as neuromorphic computing and quantum computing. So globally the plans very much resemble the European plans, as presented by the European Commission.

The "National Strategic Computing Initiative Strategic Plan" was issued last week. The plan wants to accomplish five strategic objectives in a U.S. government collaboration with industry and academia: (1) accelerate the successful deployment and application of capable exascale computing; (2) ensure that new technologies support coherence in data analytics as well as simulation and modelling; (3) explore and accelerate new paths for future computing architectures and technologies, including digital computing and alternative computing paradigms; (4) holistically expand capabilities and capacity of a robust and enduring HPC ecosystem; and (5) establish an enduring public-private collaboration to ensure shared benefit across government, academia, and industry.

In detail the five objectives want to achieve:

Objective 1: The NSCI seeks to accelerate the development of HPC systems with the goal of achieving capable exascale computing by the mid-2020s to meet the needs of critical government applications and capitalize on emerging datasets. Although custom HPC systems that achieve peak performance of an Exaflop/s on specialized benchmarks could be realized by the end of this decade, these systems would not be able to sustain performance at that level on realistic calculations, be expensive to power, be very difficult to program, lack the memory capacity to perform current and anticipated new classes of scientific and engineering applications, and be potentially unreliable in performing long calculations. Exascale computing systems with important characteristics such as affordable power consumption, programmability, reliability, and adequate memory and networking are not projected to become available commercially until the mid to late 2020s, according to industry roadmaps, the Plan says.

Objective 2: Here, the NSCI seeks to develop a coherent platform for modelling, simulation, and data analytics. This should be done primarily through the development of a more agile and reusable HPC software portfolio. Historically, there has been a separation between data analytic computing and modelling and simulation. Systems have been optimized for a specific class of applications, but the differences between these application spaces are fading rapidly.

Objective 3: To develop new computing capabilities, the NSCI will pursue two parallel lines of effort over a 10-20 year period: (1) the research and development of technologies that will move digital computing performance past the theoretical limits of complementary metal-oxide semiconductors (CMOS), and (2) the development of alternative paradigms that will open up new possibilities for large-scale computing. It would be premature to select individual technology paths for alternative computing paradigms or alternative digital computing technologies already, so the NSCI will initially focus on broad research to identify areas of promise across the span of future computing technologies.

Objective 4: The NSCI seeks to develop and adopt new approaches, technologies, and software architectures to support HPC application development, reusability, trustworthiness, sustainability, and HPC workforce development. NSCI also seeks to increase access to HPC technologies and platforms. The current HPC ecosystem of software, hardware, networks, and workforce is neither widely available nor sufficiently flexible to support emerging opportunities, the NCSCI says. The need for change is driven by the growing complexity and size of a broad array of simulations; the expansion of the role of large-scale computation in emerging frontiers of science; and the need for dynamic interaction of computation with other elements of the cyberinfrastructure, including distributed participants, instruments, large data repositories, high-bandwidth networks, and mobile devices.

Objective 5: The NSCI also seeks to broaden public-private collaboration for advancing HPC technologies to support Federal missions, scientific discovery, and economic competitiveness. From the vector-based supercomputer era to the massively parallel systems of modern HPC, collaboration between U.S. Federal agencies and the private sector drove the transformations that define today's international HPC landscape. The inclusive nature of this public-private collaboration endeavors to benefit the public and private sectors, across missions for scientific discovery, economic competitiveness, and national security.

According to the plan, realizing the vision of the NSCI will demand a fully developed HPC ecosystem that meets the needs of government, industry, and academia. Some aspects of that ecosystem have broad commercial drivers and will naturally evolve from the current semiconductor environment. The Strategic Plan (Plan) focuses on areas where government engagement is essential in creating the technological capability, computational foundations, and workforce capacity to realize the vision of the NSCI. The Strategic Plan also identifies the roles assigned to Federal agencies, and highlights ongoing and planned activities that will contribute to NSCI's goals.

The success of the NSCI depends upon development, commercialization, and deployment of new HPC technologies and infrastructure. The NSCI wants to establish collaboration among the U.S. Federal Government, industry, and academia to develop the technological capabilities and computational foundations that will support scientific discovery and economic drivers for the 21st century, and that will not naturally evolve from current commercial activity, the plan says.

The document with the Strategic plan is available at National Strategic Computing Initiative Strategic Plan
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Primeur weekly 2016-08-01

Special

National Strategic Computing Initiative Executive Council to unfold Strategic Plan ...

Quantum information science is to play a key role in the U.S. National Strategic Computing Initiative ...

Focus

Lenovo is heavily investing in new HPC technology, showing its commitment to the HPC market ...

South Africa's CHPC in the picture with new Lengau supercomputer, Student Cluster Competition victory and upcoming ICRI 2016 Conference ...

Exascale supercomputing

China starts developing new-era exascale supercomputer ...

Crowd computing

IBM intensifies fight against Zika ...

Middleware

Red Hat Satellite 6.2 introduces new features to help users increase efficiency across on-premise, Cloud, and container-based environments ...

Hardware

Mellanox Technologies receives Baidu's Award for Technology Leadership, drives company to new heights in machine learning ...

Medallia deploys Mellanox Ethernet solutions to supercharge real-time analytics and achieve the efficiency of hyperscale infrastructure ...

A research project coordinated by UC3M helps reduce the cost of parallel computing ...

Supermicro shipping latest Intel Xeon Phi processor server solutions in volume with Intel Omni-Path fabric ...

Vortex laser offers hope for Moore's Law ...

Penguin Computing provides high-performance computing cluster to University of Alaska Fairbanks ...

Fifth NVM Express Plugfest participation set a record; Next event scheduled for October 2016 ...

Physicists use supercomputers to find a way of making imitation graphene from salt ...

Chip makes parallel programmes run faster with less code ...

Applications

KnuEdge and University of California San Diego to host premiere industry conference to drive next-gen machine learning performance ...

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton join high-performance software project ...

Red Hat unveils JBoss Data Grid 7 as platform for real-time data analytics ...

Teradata acquires Big Data Partnership consultancy and expands open source analytics services ...

PRACE to organize Women in HPC Workshop at SC16 ...

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory chemist named Howes Scholar ...

NSF commits $35 million to improve scientific software ...

Making Big Data DANCE(S): XSEDE project successfully tests scheduled networking of Big Data ...

New ALS gene NEK1 found by Project MinE researchers at University of Massachusetts and UMC Utrecht ...

New ALS gene C21orf2 identified by international research consortium Project MinE ...

FogHorn Systems secures $12 million in Series A funding ...

The Cloud

IBM Cloud ranked as leading Platform as a Service (PaaS) according to analyst firm ...

Oracle buys NetSuite ...

New Cloud-computing platform to further the analysis of microbial genomes ...

USFlash

Australian Government to make a $14 million investment in NCI's supercomputing and data storage capacity ...