Facility Resource Utilization

Production of an exascale-capable environment requires access to HPC resources for the purpose of application and software testing and development. Facility Resource Utilization is a collaboration between ECP and DOE HPC facilities to ensure effective access to current production systems and pre-exascale, and exascale computers.

Description: Efficient management and productive use of system resources made available to the ECP through DOE HPC Facilities.

Each Application Development (AD), Software Technology (ST), and Hardware and Integration (HI) subproject identifies a scope of work with goals and deliverables tied to ECP Key Performance Parameters (KPPs). AD teams, for example, have determined figures of merit to show progress in the development of code speed and capability and have budgeted staff to execute these plans. To achieve these goals, research teams must have access to computing resources to deploy, run, and test their codes. For AD teams, this includes establishing benchmarks on existing petascale resources.

ECP researchers needing access to pre-exascale and exascale computers to complete ECP milestones, such as the development and tuning of both applications and software on the target exascale architectures, can apply for time through the ECP User Program. The execution of the ECP User Program is the responsibility of the Resource Allocation Council, composed of leadership from the Facilities and ECP focus areas.

Facility Resource and Utilization is responsible for a process that solicits proposals for system resources from the ECP subprojects. Assessment of the priority of the proposed work and relevance to the ECP mission and appropriate association of the work with relevant milestones is performed. On a quarterly basis, allocation award recipients are required to complete a summary of usage.

Lead: Julia White, Oak Ridge National Laboratory