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Science-Driven Computing: NERSC's Plan for 2006-2010

  • Author(s): Simon, Horst D.
  • Kramer, William T.C.
  • Bailey, David H.
  • Banda, Michael J.
  • Bethel, E. Wes
  • Craw, James M.
  • Fortney, William J.
  • Hules, John A.
  • Meyer, Nancy L.
  • Meza, Juan C.
  • Ng, Esmond G.
  • Rippe, Lynn E.
  • Saphir, William C.
  • Verdier, Francesca
  • Walter, Howard A.
  • Yelick, Katherine A.
  • et al.
Abstract

NERSC has developed a five-year strategic plan focusing on three components: Science-Driven Systems, Science-Driven Services, and Science-Driven Analytics. (1) Science-Driven Systems: Balanced introduction of the best new technologies for complete computational systems -- computing, storage, networking, visualization and analysis -- coupled with the activities necessary to engage vendors in addressing the DOE computational science requirements in their future roadmaps. (2) Science-Driven Services: The entire range of support activities, from high-quality operations and user services to direct scientific support, that enable a broad range of scientists to effectively use NERSC systems in their research. NERSC will concentrate on resources needed to realize the promise of the new highly scalable architectures for scientific discovery in multidisciplinary computational science projects. (3) Science-Driven Analytics: The architectural and systems enhancements and services required to integrate NERSC's powerful computational and storage resources to provide scientists with new tools to effectively manipulate, visualize, and analyze the huge data sets derived from simulations and experiments.

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