Center for Computation Science

The Center for Computational Science (CCS) is an NRL organization within the Information Technology Division. The mission of the CCS is to provide the Navy community with access to state-of-the-art high performance computing and communications (HPCC) capabilities and to provide production computational services. The Center services NRL, the Office of Naval Research, and other clients within the DoD. It participates as a partner in the DoD's High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) and in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) sponsored National Consortium (NCHPC) as well as interacting with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) meta-center sites nationwide. Most importantly, the CCS provides support to researchers nationwide to solve real world problems by maintaining a balanced focus on service, research, and development.

Research Efforts
Research interests are concentrated in providing early access to scalable massively parallel computing systems, high performance networking technologies, and scalable software compilers and tools to support applications development. Toward these ends, the Center is involved in rapid prototyping for the Information Age through the development of a nationwide file system and the evolution of a transparent, user friendly information infrastructure that supports a rich, multimedia environment. This vision supports voice, video, data, and imagery from the application to the end user.

The Center's research into massively parallel processing (MPP) involves in-house software development, but also includes architecture and configuration development for high performance computation, graphics in support of application virtualization, and high speed file storage systems for rapid archiving and retrieval of all digitally stored data. Development of high speed networks is based on emerging fiber and switching technologies and involves research efforts in hardware and software systems development, protocols, routing, and signalling based on wide area telecommunications standards. There are numerous cooperative research endeavors within the DoD and with academia and industry that span a broad spectrum of activity ranging from basic research to exploratory development as well as continuing efforts to field technology through a succession of advanced technology demonstrations.

Suppost Functions
CCS production facilities enable users to access both stable and emerging computational services globally through the Internet. In its role as a service organization, the Center for Computational Science provides training and consulting for users of remote and local computing facilities. The Center also maintains and upgrades the local NRL operational network (NICEnet) and provides gateways and servers for worldwide connectivity.

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