SC19 Proceedings

The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

Engaging the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP)

Authors: Kevin Newmeyer (US Department of Defense HPC Modernization Program), Alexandra Landsberg (US Department of Defense HPC Modernization Program)

Abstract: The HPCMP is a Department of Defense (DoD) wide program and national asset providing a spectrum of high performance computing capabilities and expertise to solve DoD’s most critical mission challenges. This BoF will use lightning talks about strategic directions, current research, technology acquisition plans, and software development needs and interests to illustrate DoD goals and opportunities for engagement. These lightning talks are intended to help external organizations and researchers connect with DoD users and sites to encourage partnerships and help solve problems. External engagement will help DoD users and HPC sites grow expertise and connect to the larger HPC community.

Long Description: The DoD HPCMP provides a spectrum of high performance computing capabilities and expertise to the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Defense Agencies supporting the DoD’s science and technology, test and evaluation, and acquisition engineering communities. The HPCMP is pivoting capabilities and expertise to support National Defense Strategy priorities in artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), hypersonics, space situational awareness, autonomy and other areas. Keeping internal users and external partners current on DoD HPCMP thrusts and plans is difficult. This BoF is an opportunity to connect the DoD HPC leadership and user base with the larger community in an informal setting. Stronger internal and external lines of communication will keep the DoD up-to-date on recent advances, and will keep industry partners and external researchers current on DoD priorities and opportunities. New technologies can have a large impact on existing applications and research thrusts, but the domain-specific groups may not have the knowledge or ability to get started using the new technologies. This forum is an opportunity to connect internal and external experts to accelerate innovation, and to find solutions to the pressing issues facing DoD HPC. By giving external organizations insight into DoD priorities, new partnerships, research, and funding opportunities may arise.

The goals of this BoF are 1. to connect HPC users in the Department of Defense (DoD); 2. to connect DoD users with industry partners and other DoD-external organizations; 3. to share new program information and plans, informing the larger community of DoD efforts; 4. to discuss problems, possible solutions, and roadmaps to enhance DoD HPC capabilities; 5. to encourage new partnerships and research opportunities with vendors and external researchers.

The intended audience for the BoF is DoD users, other Federal Government employees, current and potential industry and academic partners, and external researchers whose work may benefit from collaboration with the DoD.

Topics of discussion include, but are not limited to, HPCMP strategic directions, exploratory efforts and future supercomputing needs, computing technologies for AI/ML, HPC in the Cloud, DoD software applications, performance optimization, networking, and user access and allocations.


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