NITRD Groups -> HEC IWG
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
- Advance extreme-scale computation: Develop technologies critical to the delivery of capable exascale computing systems, prepare scientific applications to fully exploit exascale capabilities, explore novel approaches for data-intensive high-capability computing (HCC) and analytics, and pursue research to increase performance.
- Open new directions in high-capability computing: Take computing "beyond Moore's Law" by advancing potential breakthroughs in quantum, neuromorphic, and probabilistic computing and by developing novel scientific frameworks, power-efficient system architectures, memory, programming environments, measurement science, and advanced computing prototypes.
- Boost productivity: Develop new architecture benchmarks, common tools for computational modeling and simulation and data analysis, and research methods to improve programmability.
- Increase impact: Conduct crosscutting activities that serve to extend the breadth and impact of HCC, including developing the next generation of the HCC workforce.
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.
- Provide leadership-class and production high-capability computing systems: Acquire, operate, and provide HCC systems of varying capabilities needed to meet critical national needs and to support research and education across all S&E.
- Advance HCC applications: Develop algorithms and applications software for current and nextgeneration HCC platforms to maintain and improve the performance of existing codes and continue to develop the HCC infrastructure and ecosystem needed to advance HCC applications.
- Provide access to the HCC ecosystem: Provide diverse user communities with efficient, effective, and dependable access to HCC facilities and resources, including testbeds, communications, storage, software tools, applications, computational expertise, and system support; and enhance existing infrastructure capabilities for computational and data-enabled science, modeling, simulation, and analysis.
- Support productivity and increase impact: Lower barriers to HCC access and usability by developing and integrating resources to support productivity, designing and developing collaborative work environments for high-capability simulation and data analytics, and expanding the computational workforce.
HEC Chair and Co-Chair
Barry I. Schneider, Ph.D.
National Institute of Standards and Technology
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
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
Materials and Publications
- Presentation Library - https://www.nitrd.gov/presentations/ (This resource is a collection of presentations, reports, and webinars given by a broad range of presenters from academia, government, and private sectors at various NITRD Interagency Working Group meetings, workshops, and public events.)
Select Press Highlights
- Call for Input: Updating the US Strategic Computing Objectives, Frank Indiviglio, NOAA and Barry Schneider, NIST, Members of the Fast Track Action Committee on Strategic Computing, June 28, 2019.
- Federal Register Notice: 84 FR 28338, Request for Information on Update to Strategic Computing Objectives, National Science Foundation, June 18, 2019.
- Department of Energy. "Department of Energy Awards Six Research Contracts Totaling $258 Million to Accelerate U.S. Supercomputing Technology". June 15, 2017, https://energy.gov/articles/department-energy-awards-six-research-contracts-totaling-258-million-accelerate-us
- E. Szulman, M. Drosback, and T. Polk, "The National Strategic Computing Initiative Turns One," White House Blog. July 29, 2016, https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/blog/2016/07/29/national-strategic-computing-initiative-turns-one.
- The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, "Executive Order - Creating a National Strategic Computing Initiative," July 29, 2015. https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2015/07/29/executive-order-creating-national-strategic-computing-initiative
Federal Register Documents
- Federal Register Documents - https://www.nitrd.gov/apps/federal-register-documents/ (This resource is a collection of the Federal Register documents (Notices, Request for Comments, and Request for Information) issued by or on-behalf of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program.)