Leadership Class Computing Facility

Discovery at the frontiers of science and engineering requires computing power at a massive scale, sustained over a long period of time. To reach this goal the National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding the design of a Leadership Class Computing Facility through its Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) process, with an operations model on a multi-decade scale.

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. The planning process is expected to take 3-4 years. The first milestone, in the summer of 2020, will lead to a conceptual design for review by the NSF’s Large Facilities Office and evaluated as part of the MREFC process. 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 facility is targeted to begin operations in the 2025 timeframe in order to ensure continuous availability of a large-scale computing resource for the NSF research community.

At the end of the conceptual design phase, the package that will be submitted for review will include 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

We Need Your Input!

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?

Please consider adding your voice to the process by attending one of the events below, or by sending your thoughts to lccf-community@tacc.utexas.edu.

Past Workshops

January 9-10, 2020

Texas Advanced Computing Center
1/9 full day; 1/10 half day
Austin, TX

Science Requirements Workshop

Final Report

November 21, 2019

SC19 Birds of a Feather
Denver, CO

Science and Technology Requirements for Leadership Computing in Open Science

Final Report Coming Soon.

For information on attending future workshops, please send an email to lccf-community@tacc.utexas.edu.