This IDC study summarizes the HPC User Forum meeting that was held September 9-10, 2015, in Denver. It featured the first public forum on the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) to be authorized by an executive order that was issued on July 29, 2015, and signed by President Obama. The forum included officials from the lead agencies for the NSCI (the OSTP, NSF, DOE, and DOD) who were directly involved in developing the NSCI concept, and it included senior HPC officials from national labs and centers that will play major roles in implementing the NSCI.
"Ultimately, IDC believes that the NSCI could act as a kind of 'moon shot,' spurring U.S. HPC development and use, but this executive order is merely the first step in what will be a very long journey in trying to generate a national HPC strategy that has two very ambitious and perhaps conflicting goals: ensure that the diverse range of U.S. government agencies have access to world-class HPCs, and help build a robust commercial HPC sector that can supply those systems not only to critical U.S. government missions but to help the U.S. remain the leading HPC supplier and user nation." — Bob Sorensen, research vice president, Technical Computing