Department of Defense
High Performance Computing Modernization Program

We are a technology-led, innovation-focused program committed to extending high performance computing (HPC) to address the Department of Defense's (DoD’s) most significant challenges, because we have seen its impact: in research, where HPC enables DoD to explore new theories and evaluate them well beyond what is practical using experiment alone; in acquisition, through the use of validated applications in design and testing, which significantly reduce the time and cost of developing weapon systems, and improve the quality of their designs; and in operations, where real-time calculations produce just-in-time information for decision makers on the battlefield.

High performance computing amplifies the creativity, productivity, and impact of the DoD Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) community by giving them access to insight about the physical world, and human actions within it, that would otherwise be too costly, too dangerous, or too time-intensive to obtain through observation and experiment alone.

We are accomplishing our vision today as the DoD’s central resource for expertise in the application of high-end computing to the Department’s most challenging problems. The High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) provides the people, expertise, and technologies that increase the productivity of the DoD’s RDT&E community:

  • World-class computational resources
    The HPCMP develops and fields the most advanced computing technologies available for routine use by the RDT&E community in the DoD through an architecturally-diverse, routinely-refreshed base of supercomputers and storage systems deployed at its five supercomputing centers across the nation.
  • DoD-leading software application
    The HPCMP is modernizing the base of DoD science and engineering applications by: providing vision, funding, and expertise to develop advanced physics-based computational analysis capabilities through the Department’s network of laboratories and warfare centers; by developing, demonstrating, and maturing world-class, large-scale scientific software development capabilities within the Department; and by injecting the latest university and industrial research into the computational practices of the RDT&E community.
  • Nationwide research and engineering network
    The HPCMP manages the DoD’s premiere RDT&E network, the Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN). As a component of the Global Information Grid (GIG), the DREN provides high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity among DoD RDT&E, and computational research communities and DoD supercomputing centers. DREN serves as a proving ground for new networking and cybersecurity technologies and fully supports IPv6 and multicast.

We are assuring the DoD’s success tomorrow by instilling computational literacy within the next generation S&T workforce and future military leaders through our leadership in the national HPC community.


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