Session: The High End Computing Revitalization Task Force
  Title: The High End Computing Revitalization Task Force
  Chair: David B. Nelson (National Coordination Office for Information Technology Research and Development (NCO/ITR&D) )
  Time: Friday, November 21, 8:30AM - 10:00AM
  Rm #: 40-41
  Speaker(s)/Author(s):  
  Chair: David B. Nelson (National Coordination Office for Information Technology Research and Development (NCO/ITR&D) ); Panelists: John Grosh (General Engineer, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology), Alan Laub (SciDAC Director, DOE Office of Science ), Daniel A. Reed (NCSA and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ), Doug Ball (Manager, Enabling Technology and Research, Boeing Company)
   
  Description:
  The President's fiscal year (FY) 2004 budget included a directive to develop a plan to guide future Federal investments in high end computing. Established in March 2003, the High End Computing Revitalization Task Force (HECRTF), coordinated through the National Science and Technology Council, has been preparing this plan, which is scheduled to be delivered in the fall of 2003. The plan will set forth a roadmap for FY 2005 through FY 2009 Federal investments in three areas:

* Research and development in core HEC technologies, including identification of key technologies for new generations of HEC systems, alternative coordinated multiagency plans, and approaches to enable both revolutionary and evolutionary advances and diffusion into industry

* Provision of HEC resources to Federal and Federally-funded researchers, including alternative plans to help reduce capability and capacity gaps, design specifications and performance targets linked to application domain requirements and user needs, minimizing time to solution, and access by potential Federal and non-Federal user communities beyond those using HEC systems funded or hosted by Federal agencies

* Recommendations about Federal HEC procurement practices, such as practical performance measures, ways to derive system performance targets, ways to measure total cost of ownership, and ways to improve HEC acquisitions processes

In April 2003 the HECRTF solicited white papers that provide technical facts and information about these three areas. In response to the solicitation, which was extended to a wide spectrum of stakeholders, almost 80 papers were received.

On June 16 through 18, 2003, the Computer Research Association (CRA) sponsored a Workshop on the Road Map for the Revitalization of High End Computing that brought together 200 academic, industry, and government researchers and managers to address HEC revitalization issues and publish a report, which is scheduled to be publicly released in the fall of 2003. The workshop had working groups that addressed HEC topics including (1) enabling technologies, (2) COTS-based architectures, (3) custom-based architectures, (4) run times and operating systems, (5) programming environments and tools, (6) performance modeling, metrics, and specifications, (7) application-driven system requirements, and (8) procurement, accessibility, and cost of ownership.

The panelists will draw on these activities to address the following questions:

What are the purposes, plans, schedule, and results to date of the Federal governmentís High End Computing Revitalization Task Force (HECRTF)?
What input to the HECRTF was provided by academia and industry in white papers solicited by the HECRTF in the spring of 2003 and at the June 2003 Workshop on the Road Map for the Revitalization of High End Computing?
What is the current status of the Federal governmentís plans to revitalize high end computing in the U.S.?
What are the views of academia and industry about HECRTF efforts?
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