Key findings include the following:
1. More than one-third of U.S. industry representatives surveyed claim their most demanding high
performance computing (HPC) applications could utilize 1,000-fold increases in computing capability
over the next five years;
2. Software scalability is the no. 1 most significant limiting factor to achieve the next 10-fold improvement
in performance, and it is the no. 2 most significant limiting factor to reach a 1,000-fold improvement;
3. Industry respondents recognize that government investment in leading-edge HPC benefits their
companies and industries. An overwhelming majority of respondents believe HPC is a matter of
competitive survival and is critical to the future direction of their businesses. However, many
respondents also note that the links between government and industry need to be strengthened.
"Solve builds on over a decade of Council leadership to ensure the United States acts strategically to leverage HPC for competitiveness", stated Deborah L. Wince-Smith, President & CEO of the Council on
Competitiveness. "The challenge to lead in HPC is complex and continuous, but essential to America's
economy, security and innovative capacity. The Council is proud to convene national leaders from industry,
academia, the national laboratories and the federal government to meet this challenge."
The report was developed as part of work supported by the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research within the U.S. Department of Energy's, Office of Science. The Council engaged Intersect360 Research to interview more than 100 HPC-using companies in industries such as manufacturing, energy, finance, pharmaceuticals and entertainment. The interviews form the basis of Solve.
62 percent of industry respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement, "Past government investments in new generations of supercomputing have had a benefit on your company/industry". Only 4 percent disagreed with the statement, demonstrating a 15-to-1 ratio of recognizing the value of government leadership.
The report also finds that companies across sectors rely on several software approaches to achieve their goals. U.S.-based firms indicate that their software use is split roughly in equal shares between in-house code, open-source software, and offerings from independent software vendors. The Council, therefore, urges improved partnerships and programmes that engage industry, academia, and the national laboratories to strengthen each software approach. Solve also recommends renewed efforts to help firms not using HPC to integrate that capability into their work flow.
The co-chairs of the Council's High Performance Computing Advisory Committee (HPCAC) note: "It is encouraging that federal computing investments to achieve national missions also advance technology in
a way that benefits America's economy", stated Dona L. Crawford, Associate Director for Computation at
the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. "To advance that objective directly, we allocate a portion of
our computing resources to industry partnerships through Livermore's HPC Innovation Center."
"I am pleased that the Council reached out to industry on this important subject", stated J. Michael McQuade, Senior Vice President for Science and Technology at United Technologies Corporation. "The findings of Solve support our efforts in the HPCAC to encourage the development of software that will scale to new architectures, build a more computationally skilled workforce, and broaden industry access to advanced computing capabilities largely resident at the national laboratories and university supercomputer centres."
"As the United States tackles the challenges of building and utilizing ever more advanced computing systems, the Council's long standing support for strategic investments and practical partnerships are as important as ever for the nations competitiveness", stated Steven E. Koonin, Director of the Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University. Koonin, the former Undersecretary of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy, added: "Through modelling, simulation and analysis, HPC paves a path for many entities - companies, cities, or individuals to do business in new ways, develop revolutionary products, offer services, and interact in ways that improve everything from health and safety to productivity and entertainment."
You can visit the Council website to download Solve .
A webinar at which these findings were discussed is available at http://www.intersect360.com/industry/presentations.php .