“Pioneering the Future Advanced Computing Ecosystem: Strategy and Execution”


Subcommittee on Future Advanced Computing Ecosystem





The advanced computing ecosystem plays an essential role across all of science and engineering (S&E), catalyzing discoveries and innovations, advancing economic competitiveness, and ensuring security. Recognizing this critical role and responding to rapid and disruptive, changes in the technology and application landscapes, the U.S. Government developed and published a strategic plan for pioneering the Future Advanced Computing Ecosystem (FACE). This Birds-of-a-Feather session will present the key objectives of this strategic plan, discuss National Strategic Computing Reserve, and foster a robust discussion in the broader community to gain further insights from members of the broader community around these objectives.



The advanced computing ecosystem is essential to science and engineering (S&E), economic competitiveness, and security. The ecosystem is rapidly evolving across multiple dimensions due to the introduction of new and potentially disruptive technologies and paradigms, including increased hardware heterogeneity, quantum and neuromorphic architectures, massive data volumes, and greater software complexity, as well as solution approaches such as those based on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). These changes coincide with the unique requirements of new classes of compute-intensive, data-driven application workflows, in a wide range of fields and sectors, and the growing demands for improved robustness, agility, usability, and productivity. To address these emerging challenges and needs, it is essential to ensure sustained research, development, and deployment of innovative paradigms and technologies with increased capabilities and capacities. This approach will catalyze emerging and future applications of strong societal significance.

Recognizing this backdrop, the U.S. Government shared its strategic plan for pioneering the Future Advanced Computing Ecosystem (FACE). This strategic plan builds on and extends the U.S. National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), outlining an all-of-government plan that combines advanced computing systems (from extreme-scale to edge-centered systems and beyond) with the requisite networking, software, data, and expertise.



Manish Parashar


Office Director, Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, US National Science Foundation / SCI Director, Chair in Computational Science & Engineering and Professor of CS, University of Utah

Manish Parashar is Director of the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute, Chair in Computational Science and Engineering, and Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah. He is currently on an IPA appointment at the National Science Foundation where he is serving as Office Director of the NSF Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. His research interests are in the broad areas of Parallel and Distributed Computing and Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering and has published extensively in these areas. He has also deployed software systems that are widely used. Manish is the founding chair of the IEEE Technical Consortium on High Performance Computing (TCHPC), Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems and serves on the editorial boards and organizing committees of a number of journals and international conferences and workshops. He has received a number of awards for his research and leadership, and is Fellow of AAAS, ACM, and IEEE/IEEE Computer Society.



  • Barb Helland, DOE/SC
  • Frank Indiviglio, NOAA
  • Manish Parashar, NSF




Author(s): Subcommittee on Future Advanced Computing Ecosystem; Committee on Technology; National Science & Technology Council

Publication Type: Strategic Plan

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Published: 11/18/2020

Executive Summary: This strategic plan envisions a future advanced computing ecosystem that provides the foundation for continuing American leadership in science and engineering, economic competitiveness, and national security. It develops a whole-of-nation approach based on input from government, academia, nonprofits, and industry sectors, and builds on the objectives and recommendations of the “2019 National Strategic Computing Initiative Update: Pioneering the Future of Computing”. This strategic plan also identifies agency roles and responsibilities and describes essential operational and coordination structures necessary to support and implement its objectives.