The New U.S. National Strategic Computing Initiative

The New U.S. National Strategic Computing Initiative

This IDC study summarizes the HPC User Forum meeting that was held September 9-10, 2015, in Denver. It featured the first public forum on the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) to be authorized by an executive order that was issued on July 29, 2015, and signed by President Obama. The forum included officials from the lead agencies for the NSCI (the OSTP, NSF, DOE, and DOD) who were directly involved in developing the NSCI concept, and it included senior HPC officials from national labs and centers that will play major roles in implementing the NSCI."Ultimately, IDC believes that the NSCI could act as a kind of 'moon shot,' spurring U.S. HPC development and use, but this executive order is merely the first step in what will be a very long journey in trying to generate a national HPC strategy that has two very ambitious and perhaps conflicting goals: ensure that the diverse range of U.S. government agencies have access to world-class HPCs, and help build a robust commercial HPC sector that can supply those systems not only to critical U.S. government missions but to help the U.S. remain the leading HPC supplier and user nation." — Bob Sorensen, research vice president, Technical Computing

IDC Opinion
In This Study
NSCI Panel 1: The Lead Agencies — the OSTP, NSF, DOE, and DOD
Bob Sorensen, IDC: Introduction
Randy Bryant, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Irene Qualters, National Science Foundation
Doug Kothe, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Department of Energy
Will Koella, Department of Defense
NSCI Panel 2: National HPC Centers and Laboratories
Bert Still, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Piyush Mehrotra, NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division
Bill Kramer, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Nathan Baker, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Rob Leland, Sandia National Laboratories
Questions and Answers Discussion of the NSCI Agency Panel
Other Comments
Situation Overview
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
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