• NITRD Coordination Areas

    The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program's member agencies coordinate their NITRD research activities and plans by Program Component Areas (PCAs) or program focus areas. For each PCA, agency representatives meet in an Interagency Working Group (IWG) to exchange information and collaborate on research plans and activities such as testbeds, workshops, and cooperative solicitations.

    NITRD Coordination Areas


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  • High End Computing
    (HEC IWG)

    The HEC IWG coordinates the activities of the Enabling R&D for High-Capability Computing Systems (EHCS) and High-capability Computing Systems Infrastructure and Applications (HCSIA) Program Component Areas.



High End Computing (HEC)
Interagency Working Group (IWG)


The HEC IWG focuses on R&D for advancing high-capability computing and revolutionary computing paradigms, as well as providing the Nation with state of the art compute, communication, software, and associated infrastructure.

HEC R&D (known as EHCS) includes R&D of increasingly capable computing technologies and emerging computing technologies, such as quantum computing, neuromorphic computing, and other novel computing technologies, as well as support for hardening of research software. These have the potential to lay the foundation to extend U.S. global computing leadership, spur technological innovations, and create new economic opportunities. HEC R&D includes, but is not limited to, R&D of hardware (e.g., microarchitecture, memory subsystems, interconnect, packaging, I/O, and storage), software (e.g., operating systems, languages and compilers, development environment, algorithms), and system technology (e.g., system architecture, programming models) for high capability compute-intensive and data-intensive computing. HEC R&D includes fundamental research, applied R&D, technology development and demonstration, test and evaluation, technology transfer, and development of future workforce who will advance the field of HEC.

HEC also focuses on providing computation- and data-intensive high-capability computing infrastructure and application (HCIA) to support agency mission needs and diverse initiatives that advance U.S. priorities. HCIA includes computation- and data-intensive systems and applications, associated software, communications, storage, and data management infrastructure, and other resources needed to enable agencies and the wider HEC community to fully utilize and exploit the capabilities of these infrastructure.

HEC IWG coordinates programs, budgets, and policy recommendations and facilitates information sharing among agencies for EHCS and HCIA.


HEC Chair and Co-Chair


Barry I. Schneider, Ph.D.

Barry I. Schneider, Ph.D.
Staff Physicist
National Institute of Standards and Technology


Robinson Pino, Ph.D.

Robinson Pino, Ph.D.
Acting Division Research Director/Program Manager
Advanced Scientific Computing Research Program Office
Office of Science
U.S. Department of Energy

Federal High End Computing Information Portal

Federal High End Computing Information Portal Federal High End Computing Information Portal

This portal provides information about opportunities to engage in U.S. Federal government high performance computing activities, including supercomputer use, software access, research opportunities, and related events. HEC IWG (Interagency Working Group on High End Computing) agencies provided the information contained in this portal. HEC IWG agencies are involved in various Federal activities in the HEC area including R&D and providing infrastructure and application.


  • August 5-6, 2019
    Future Computing Community of Interest Meeting, 490 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Suite 8001, Washington, DC

    • The Future Computing (FC) Community of Interest Meeting will explore the computing landscape for the coming decade and beyond, along with emerging and future application drivers, to inform agencies and to identify potential opportunities as well as gaps. It will also examine new software concepts needed for the effective use of advances that come with the future computing systems to ensure that the federal government is poised to respond to unanticipated challenges and opportunities.

  • November 13, 2018
    Supercomputing (SC) 2018 Birds of a Feather - "What the heck is HEC?", Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (D168), Dallas, Texas

    • Moderator: Sandy Landsberg, DoD HPCMP; Panel: Andy Baxevanis, NIH; Bill Harrod, IARPA; Christopher Krieger, DOD; Robinson Pino, DOE/SC; Barry Schneider, NIST; Jacob Taylor, OSTP; Ed Walker, NSF.

  • October 29-30, 2018
    The Convergence of High Performance Computing, Big Data, and Machine Learning, Natcher Conference Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

    • A NITRD workshop organized by the High-End Computing and Big Data Interagency Working Groups. Purpose: To examine key challenges and opportunities in integrating high performance computing (HPC) with big data (BD) and machine learning (ML); To identify research and development opportunities including practical systems implementation.

  • November 15, 2017
    Supercomputing (SC) 2017 Panel - “Blurring the Lines: High-End Computing and Data Science”, Denver, Colorado

  • November 15, 2016
    Supercomputing (SC) 2016 Panel - “National Strategic Computing Initiative Update”, Salt Lake City, Utah

  • November 18, 2015
    Supercomputing (SC) 2015 Birds of Feather - "U.S. Federal HPC Funding and Engagement Opportunities" - Austin, Texas

    • Presenters: Ed Walker, NSF; Tsengdar Lee, NASA; Susan Gregurick, NIH; Darren Smith, NOAA; Lucy Nowell, DOE/SC; Frederica Darema, AFOSR; Kevin Newmeyer, DoD/HPCMP.

  • November 15, 2015
    Supercomputing (SC) 2015 Panel - "Supercomputing and Big Data: From Collision to Convergence", Austin, Texas

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