NSF has begun the planning process for a Leadership-Class Computing Facility (LCCF). This facility is expected to support a computing system ten-fold or more time-to-solution performance improvement over Frontera, the current NSF leadership system. If ultimately awarded for construction, the LCCF will represent an enormous step forward in both the scale and the long-term sustainability of advanced computing resources available to the open science community.
The MREFC process has three design review gates – conceptual, preliminary, and final – that must be passed with increasing levels of scrutiny on design and cost. The planning process is expected to take three to four years with construction beginning as early as March 2024.
The first milestone, in the summer of 2020, led to a conceptual design approved by NSF’s Large Facilities Office and evaluated as part of the MREFC process. In early 2022, TACC and NSF presented the preliminary design to a peer review panel, who strongly recommended that the project move to the Final Design stage.
The facility is targeted to begin operations in the 2026 timeframe to ensure the continuous availability of a large-scale computing resource for the NSF research community.
The conceptual and preliminary designs included the items below, along with an initial 10-year operating plan:
A description of the science requirements driving the development of the facility
A description of the research infrastructure and technical requirements needed to meet the science objectives
A system-level design, including definition of all functional requirements and major subsystems
Identification and evaluation of enabling technologies for scientific productivity of the next generation leadership-class system
A description of proposed education and industry outreach
Broader societal impact activities for the future facility
Designing the LCCF is an intensive process that will only be successful if the design reflects the collective requirements and insights of the community. What science will you need to accomplish over the next 10 years? What technologies do you think are critical to the success of the design?
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