The Resource. Summer 2000
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS MAJOR SHARED RESOURCE CENTER
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The recent High Performance Computing Modernization Programs HPCMPs Program Review 2000 PR2000 was held during the last week of March. It was a milestone event for the HPCMP. We started this program in the early nineties but really did not formalize it with a definitive set of participants until 1996. At that point, we began to establish our business models, modes of intercommunication, working relationships, and friendships. PR2000 was the first time we stopped and looked back at what we had accomplished. The original goals of the program were in general to deploy high-end computers, foster the maturity of software systems, expand and train the Department of Defense DoD high performance computing HPC user base, contribute to the national HPC infrastructure, and hook it all together with a very high-speed network. The Program Review not only demonstrated that we have done a great job at achieving those goals but also that we have assembled a tremendous team of experts in HPC. I look at PR2000 as a stake in the ground. It is a time when we look back and say, Did we make it Sure there are areas for improvement, but overall I think the answer is unequivocally yes. The comments and ratings from the review board confirm this. It is also a time when we need to look forward and ask ourselves, Where do we go from here A few goals might include applications that harness a larger pool of computational resources through distributed computing technologies, the development of applications that implement a coupled approach to multidisciplinary problems, and the increased use of interactive computing. Through the continued coordinated efforts of the Common High Performance Computing Software Support Initiative, Programming Environment and Training PET, Shared Resource Centers, and Defense Research and Engineering Network, this program is poised to take on the next wave of computational challenges in the DoD.
- Computer Programming and Software
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- Computer Systems Management and Standards