Support for DoD’s High-Performance Computing Modernization Program
“If you drive a car, take medicine, use shampoo, fly in airplanes, watch movies, expect your washer to arrive at your door undented, have a loved one coping with Alzheimer’s Disease, use a cellphone, care about the structure and fate of the universe, or worry about providing clean drinking water for the inhabitants of the planet, then your quality of life is directly affected — improved — by HPC (high-performance computing),” wrote former Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) Director John West in 2013. West’s remarks highlight not only the breadth of high-performance computing but also the very relevant application it has to critical issues we face on a daily basis.
NCC is proud to play a role in the development of high-performance computing, as we have provided comprehensive on-site support for the HPCMP since March 2014, performing a wide range of services including an array of IT and administrative operations.
The HPCMP, founded in 1993, is a technology-led, innovation-focused program dedicated to using high-performance computing to address the most significant challenges within DoD. The program is built on the strength of its foundation of world-class computational resources, DoD-leading software applications, and nationwide research and engineering network.
NCC plays a key role in HPCMP’s development of the most advanced computing technologies available for routine use by the DoD Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) community through a base of supercomputers and storage systems located at its five supercomputing hubs across the country. Our team’s responsibilities include performing code enhancements and transitioning HPCMP’s Portal to the Information Environment (pIE) system to the Groovy/Grails open source application framework.
Our support also includes tracking the users of HPCMP’s Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN), the DoD’s premiere RDT&E network. The DREN provides high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity among DoD RDT&E, computational research communities, and DoD supercomputing centers.
HPCMP is assuring DoD’s success by inculcating computational literacy within the next generation RDT&E workforce and future military leaders through its pre-eminence in the high-performance computing community. NCC is honored to be part of this important mission as we make communication and collaboration happen at DoD, a vital organization that we have been privileged to support for nearly a decade.