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A major panel session will include individual talks by National Strategic Computing Initiative agency representatives, a discussion facilitated by IDC high-performance computing analyst Bob Sorensen, and an open Q&A session with audience members.  The IDC HPC User Forum meeting taking place from September 9-10, 2015, in Denver, CO, has just added a major panel session that is expected to be the first public forum with speakers from lead agencies in the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI). The session will include individual talks by agency representatives, a discussion facilitated by IDC high-performance computing (HPC) analyst Bob Sorensen, and an open Q&A session with audience members. 

On July 29, 2015, President Obama issued an Executive Order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) to ensure the United States continues to lead in the development and deployment of cutting-edge computing systems, which are essential to economic competitiveness, scientific discovery and national security. Through a combination of processing capability and storage capacity, HPC systems can solve computational problems that are beyond the capability of small- to medium-scale systems and are vital to the Nation’s interests in science, medicine, engineering, technology and industry.

“This promises to be the first NSCI discussion involving the lead agencies — the Executive Council called for in the President's executive order has not even met yet,” said Steve Conway, Research VP, HPC at IDC.

Speakers who've committed to participate to date include:

  • Randy Bryant, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
  • Irene Qualters, National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Rob Leland, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Rupak Biswas, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center
  • Doug Kothe, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
  • [Confirming intelligence community speaker]

At this 57th HPC User Forum meeting, IDC also will present new findings from its ongoing study for the Department of Energy (DOE) on high performance computing return on investment (ROI).  Other major topics in the two-day session include:

  • energy research
  • weather/climate/environmental
  • high performance data analysis
  • storage

See www.hpcuserforum.com for the evolving meeting agenda and registration information.

About the HPC User Forum

The HPC User Forum was established in 1999 to promote the health of the global HPC industry and address issues of common concern to users. The organization has grown to 150 members. It is directed by a volunteer Steering Committee of users from government, industry and academia, and operated for the users by market analyst firm IDC. The forum holds two full-membership meetings a year in the United States, and also holds two meetings annually at international locations.

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