ATEC Test Centers, High Performance Computing go hand in hand
June 10, 2013
By Sandy Gibson
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 28, 2013) --
Every two years, the HPCMP office conducts an extensive review of the Pentagon's most important, high priority, computationally-intensive projects to determine which ones require unique, dedicated HPC resources to meet important objectives and milestones, said John E. West, director of the HPCMP.
The Aberdeen Test Center located here at APG and the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico will share the joint award. James Feight, Analysis Division chief at ATC and Rick L. Vinyard, Jr., a computer scientist at WSMR, are the co-authors of the Real-Time Data Intensive High Performance Cluster proposal. John C. Pace, division chief of the Meteorology Division at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, was the author for the Consolidated Probabilistic Weather Forecasting for More Efficient Developmental Testing proposal.
A request for proposals with the greatest impact on DOD research, development, acquisition, and test and evaluation programs was distributed to the DOD science and technology and test and evaluation computational communities April 9, 2012.
DHPIs are modest-sized HPC systems awarded to technically sound, mission-critical projects that cannot be performed at DOD Supercomputing Resource Centers due to special operational requirements. The proposals were subjected to rigorous independent reviews by the DHPI Technical Evaluation Panel, which included HPC subject matter experts from government, industry, and academia, and also underwent careful scrutiny by the service/agency principals. They were evaluated on technical merit, computational merit, advantage gained by exploiting HPC, potential for progress, and potential for successful operation and maintenance of a DHPI system. Only technically sound and mission-critical proposals were passed forward to the HPCMP office for potential selection.
"This is a huge benefit for ATEC," said Kenneth A. Raab, Jr., operations research analyst for G-9 and the action officer who coordinated the HPC proposals that were awarded. "The HPC DHPI systems allow ATEC to perform our T&E mission more effectively and efficiently." Raab added that the systems ATC and WSMR will receive will allow them to process data collected from a test much faster than ever before to produce data products for customers.
Even though the proposals were selected for awards, it takes more than a year for the HPC systems to arrive. ATC expects to receive their DHPI system in the spring of 2014, and WSMR's delivery will be in 2015.