Facilities - Computational Sciences

ARL Supercomputing Research Center (APG)

1. DoD Supercomputing Resource Center

ARL hosts one of five DoD Supercomputing Resource Centers (DSRCs) for high performance computing (HPC). The ARL DSRC is located within the ARL Supercomputing Research Center and features state-of-the-art, scalable, parallel architectures and large vector-parallel systems supporting both classified and unclassified missions throughout the DoD’s Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) community. The DSRC is critical for technology based research; enables optimized design, development, and testing; and minimizes lifecycle acquisition costs. Current ARL HPC systems have a cumulative capability of 1.1 PetaFlops and are ranked in the top fifteen percent of the world’s most powerful computing sites.

2. Data Analysis and Assessment Center

The DoD Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC) Data Analysis and Assessment Center (DAAC) provides classified facilities to enhance customer interactions with the ARL computing environment. Located within the ARL Supercomputing Research Center, the ARL DAAC includes high-end graphics workstations and high-speed unencrypted network access to high performance computing resources, providing customers with the latest hardware and software technology to facilitate interactive analysis of large time-dependent datasets generated at the DSRC. The DAAC enclave includes a number of large, flat panel monitors capable of supporting a 3D interactive display of computational results. Private technology exchanges and small,  classified training courses associated with use of the computing facilities use a dedicated, classified collaborative workspace co-located within the enclave.

Asymmetric Core Computing Laboratory and Tactical Computing Facility (ALC)

The Asymmetric Core Computing Laboratory and Tactical Computing Facility work together to provide an integrated approach to computational effectiveness. Emerging and custom-designed asymmetric processing cores and configurations, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, are researched for a wide-range of Armyrelevant applications to create solutions that provide the necessary computing capacity balanced with processing requirements, power restrictions, tactical mobility, and other design considerations. Software algorithms are optimized for a wide-range of devices, from data parallel processing accelerators such as graphics processing units (GPUs), to low-power chip designs such as ARM-based designs common in mobile devices. In addition, researchers analyze the efficacy of parallel programming as well as machine virtualization on these heterogeneous computing resources to maximize portability across all deployed computing assets. The Asymmetric Core Computing Laboratory and Tactical Computing Facility are paving the way for novel research on tactical cloudlets: an overall approach to providing a smaller footprint, high performance computing-level infrastructure in a tactical environment. Maximizing the computing capacity across the range of asymmetric cores deployed in the Army’s tactical realm is a paramount objective for this laboratory, thus providing Soldiers new capabilities for a decisive edge.

Computational Sciences Laboratory APG

The Computational Sciences Laboratory encompasses nearly 2,000 square feet and incorporates state-of-theart visualization computational hardware with high speed, high performance computing featuring unique visualization technologies such as a gesture-based MultiTouch Video Wall and a Matrix 3D LCD Video Wall System. The laboratory area also includes a number of large, flat panel displays and a 20,000 lumen high resolution active-stereo projection wall used to feature current projects and successes resulting from ARL’s advanced computing research programs.

 

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ALC - Adelphi Laboratory Center, MD

APG - Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD