• NITRD Coordination Areas

    The NITRD technical coordination efforts are focused in its Interagency Working Groups (IWGs) where member- and participating-agency representatives 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 Interagency Working Group

    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 coordinates Federal R&D of innovative future computing technologies and supercomputers to extend U.S. leadership in advanced computing and enable transformative research that supports the Nation's economic competitiveness, security, and leadership in science, engineering, and technology. EHCS investments ensure the development of technologies critical in preparing for the next computing revolution and overcoming challenges such as the expected end to Moore's Law, post-Dennard scaling, the growing deluge of data, and the rapid changes in the technological landscape, while ensuring effective use of high-capability computing (HCC) systems to support endeavors vital to the Nation. HCC advances impact the entire spectrum of computing devices and open new opportunities for innovation in areas such as precision medicine, smart and connected communities, and the next wave of autonomous machines.

Strategic Priorities

In addition to coordinating EHCS R&D investments and programs, the HEC IWG coordinates the operation and modernization of HCC infrastructure as well as developing algorithms and applications to accelerate scientific discoveries and technological innovations in areas such as advanced weapons, materials discovery and design, energy applications, earth and space science, early-stage research of advanced technologies, detection and treatment of diseases, and many other applications of national interest. HCIA investments provide researchers from academia, government, and industry tens of billions of computing hours annually on the Nation’s most powerful computing platforms and provide the ecosystem and expertise the United States needs to exploit its HCC capabilities fully.

Strategic Priorities



Alan Sussman, Ph.D.

Alan Sussman, Ph.D.
Program Director
Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CISE/OAC)
National Science Foundation

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.


  • November 30, 2019
    SC19 Birds of a Feather "U.S. Strategic Computing – An Update", Colorado Convention Center (702), Denver, Colorado

    • Session leaders: Manish Parashar (NSF), Jake Taylor (OSTP), Bill Vanderlinde (DOE), Barry Schneider (NIST).

  • 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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