What we do
The Center for Computational Excellence (CCE) provides the connections, resources, and expertise that facilitate a more common HEP computing environment and when possible move away from experiment-specific software. This means helping members of the community connect to one another to avoid reinventing the wheel by find existing solutions or engineering experiment-independent solutions.
The HEP-CCE organizational plan is based around two Co-Directors, supported by an Advisory Panel with representation from the HEP Laboratories and universities. A small operations support activity is overseen by the Co-Directors to manage HEP-CCE IT infrastructure, travel, collaboration programs, and organization of workshops and other HEP-CCE-sponsored meetings. The HEP-CCE Co-Directors are Salman Habib (Argonne) and Rob Roser (Fermilab), working with Advisory Panel members Paul Avery (Florida), Andy Connolly (Washington), Kaushik De (Texas Arlington), Steven Gottlieb (Indiana), Mayly Sanchez (Iowa State), and Maria Spiropulu (Caltech).
HEP-CCE activity will take place under three types of programs. The first will be independently managed R&D projects that will be funded as a result of responding to calls from DOE HEP; the role of the HEP-CCE will be to function as an incubator — to help coordinate responses to the calls, to provide feedback and strategic guidance as and if needed, and to maximize the impact of the results of the funded activities to the HEP community. These R&D projects are expected to be small-scale and time-bound in nature. Their primary mission is to function as nucleation sites for innovative investigations that can be taken over later by more mainstream-support entities within HEP, such as the larger experimental projects, or other programs within the three HEP frontiers.
The second set of activities is aimed at making the specific computational expertise that exists within the HEP community more widely accessible and broadly useful. We will support this task by providing small partial-support awards (“mini-grants”) to experts in response to particular needs articulated by the HEP community and tasks delineated by DOE HEP. These activities will be used to promote the broader cause of computational excellence, particularly among junior researchers, such as postdocs and untenured faculty. Internship and exchange programs will also be managed under this sector of the HEP-CCE program.
The third set of activities is aimed at promoting a collaborative culture in computing that cuts across current frontier and project boundaries. Within this sphere, the HEP-CCE will provide the base infrastructure and other limited support needed by a potentially growing number of HEP-CCE affiliates to develop a community-based effort focused on the use of next-generation architectures and cross-cutting applications in different HEP domains. In particular, the aim is to provide an effective avenue for scientists in different fields — especially junior researchers — to interact with and learn from each other.
(photo from Snowmass 2013 in Minneapolis, MN)