Inspired by COVID-19 HPC Consortium, Cabinet-level National Science and Technology Council’s Blueprint for a National Strategic Computing Reserve
According to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the ad-hoc creation of the COVID-19 High-Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium during the coronavirus pandemic revealed unintended consequences of the shift of personnel and computational power for emergency use, including:
- Significant impacts on the workloads of the personnel involved as well as on the communities that are typically served by the resources that were diverted to address the pandemic;
- The delay of other science and engineering (S&E) projects, putting on hold advances in the broader research ecosystem; and
- The potential for undesirable implications—for example, for long-term competitiveness—of diverting human and computing resources to emergency response.
The highly successful Consortium inspired the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC- part of the OSTP) to do an analysis of the COVID-19 HPC Consortium’s resources, processes, and structures (in addition to issuing an RFI to solicit community inputs) to explore the creation of a National Strategic Computing Reserve (NSCR).
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