SC21 Proceedings

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

Pioneering the Future Advanced Computing Ecosystem: Strategy and Execution


Authors: Manish Parashar (National Science Foundation (NSF)), Manish Parashar (National Science Foundation (NSF))

Abstract: The advanced computing ecosystem plays an essential role across all of science and engineering (S&E), catalyzing discoveries and innovations, advancing economic competitiveness, and ensuring security. Recognizing this critical role and responding to rapid and disruptive, changes in the technology and application landscapes, the U.S. Government developed and published a strategic plan for pioneering the Future Advanced Computing Ecosystem (FACE). This Birds-of-a-Feather session will present the key objectives of this strategic plan, discuss its execution, and foster a robust discussion among members of the broader community around these objectives.

Long Description: The advanced computing ecosystem is essential to science and engineering (S&E), economic competitiveness, and security. The ecosystem is rapidly evolving across multiple dimensions due to the introduction of new and potentially disruptive technologies and paradigms, including increased hardware heterogeneity, quantum and neuromorphic architectures, massive data volumes, and greater software complexity, as well as solution approaches such as those based on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). These changes coincide with the unique requirements of new classes of compute-intensive, data-driven application workflows, in a wide range of fields and sectors, and the growing demands for improved robustness, agility, usability, and productivity. To address these emerging challenges and needs, it is essential to ensure sustained research, development, and deployment of innovative paradigms and technologies with increased capabilities and capacities. This approach will catalyze emerging and future applications of strong societal significance.

Recognizing this backdrop, the U.S. Government shared its strategic plan1 for pioneering the Future Advanced Computing Ecosystem (FACE). This strategic plan builds on and extends the U.S. National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), outlining an all-of-government plan that combines advanced computing systems (from extreme-scale to edge-centered systems and beyond) with the requisite networking, software, data, and expertise. Key strategic objectives of this vision include: • Utilize the future advanced computing ecosystem as a strategic resource spanning government, academia, nonprofits, and industry; • Establish an innovative, trusted, verified, usable, and sustainable software and data ecosystem; • Support foundational, applied, and translational research and development to drive the future of advanced computing and its applications; and • Expand the diverse, capable, and flexible workforce that is critically needed to build and sustain the advanced computing ecosystem.

This Birds-of-a-Feather session will present the key objectives of this strategic plan, discuss its execution, and foster a robust discussion to gain further insight from members of the broader community around these objectives. Recognizing the international nature of the SC attendees, the session will be organized to highlight the core concepts and challenges underlying these objectives and will solicit broader viewpoints and feedback on the strategic plan.


URL: https://www.nitrd.gov/pubs/Future-Advanced-Computing-Ecosystem-Strategic-Plan-Nov-2020.pdf


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