Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on DoD Supercomputing Needs
Final technical rept.
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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Attached is the report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on DoD Super Computing Needs. The Task Force validated the need for high performance computers that provide extremely rapid access to extremely large global memories. This capability would support not only cryptanalysis but several other important DoD needs as well e.g. calculation of weapons effects, weapon design and analysis, acoustic analysis, computational fluid dynamics, radar cross sectional modeling, and synthetic materials design The Task Force recommends a three part strategy to meet the DoDs Super Computing Needs. First, the DoD should continue short-term support of the CRAY SV2 development. This is a risky development, but the modest expenditures are worth the potential payoff in performance improvement. Secondly, the DoD should develop a high bandwidth memory system using Commercial-off-the-Shelf microprocessors for the medium term. This strategy mitigates any potential failure of the SV2 development. Finally, DoD should invest in long-term research to address unique Defense computing needs. Such research is essential to refill the Research and Development pipeline with new technologies that will enable tomorrows high performance computers.
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