This sub-program provides both necessary physical facility and operational support for reliable, cross-lab production computing and storage environments as well as a suite of user services for effective use of ASC tri-lab computing resources. The scope of the facility operations includes planning, integration and deployment, continuing product support, software license and maintenance fees, procurement of operational equipment and media, quality and reliability activities, and collaborations. Facility Operations and User Support also covers physical space, power and other utility infrastructure, and LAN/wide area network (WAN) networking for local and remote access, as well as requisite system administration, cyber-security, and operations services for ongoing support and addressing system problems. Industrial and academic collaborations are an important part of this subprogram.
The Facility Operations and User Support subprogram provides the necessary physical facility and operational support for reliable production computing and storage environments, as well as a suite of services enabling effective use of ASC Tri‐Laboratory computing resources.
System and Environment Administration and Operations
The System and Environment Administration and Operations effort provides requirements planning, initial deployment, configuration management, and ongoing operational support for reliable production computing and storage environments. Activities include system and network administration and operations, user support, hardware maintenance, licenses, and common tri-lab computing environment integration and support.
Common Computing Environment
The goal of the Common Computing Environment (CCE) effort is to enable a common environment across the tri-labs, an environment that was initially deployed on the TLCC systems. The scope of this product includes funded R&D projects to address gap areas identified by the tri-lab technical working groups. The CCE working groups and projects focus on a common software stack, including but not limited to, operating system software; application development tools; resource management; HPC monitoring and metrics; and common tri-lab environment issues such as configuration management, licenses, WAN access, and multi-realm security.
This Collaborations subprogram provides programmatic support for collaboration with external agencies on specific high-performance computing projects. The products from this group also include collaborations with internal or external groups that enable the program to improve its planning and execution of its mission.
Special Purpose Facilities, Systems, Operations, and Support
The Special Purpose Facilities, Systems, Operations, and Support product provides special purpose HPC resources to the DOE community and the necessary support and maintenance of these systems and facilities. This includes special security controls and special purpose facilities in addition to the standard HPC operations and support activities necessary to support these resources.