On Saturday Congress gave final approval to the Defense spending bill for fiscal year 2010 — only 3 months late, but whatever.
The DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program comes out with $237,406,000, which includes a $3,120,000 earmark for High Performance Computational Design of Novel Materials (see table below). This is apparently an increase over FY2009 of about $17M (I say apparently because I don’t have access to their actual budget, only their FY09 estimate as part of the FY10 RDT&E Budget Item Justification).
I did a search through the FY2010 Defense Explanatory Statement that was issued along with the bill (the bill itself is actually not very helpful in this regard) for HPC terms in earmarks, here’s what I came up with (if you want to do your own research on earmarks in this bill, scroll through to the section called “Congressionally Directed Spending Items”).
|Account||Project||Amount||House Req.||Senate Req.|
|RDTE,DW||Initiative to Advance Adaptive Petascale Supercomputing (described on p 327 as a classified program)||$8,000,000||Ruppersberger; Wu||Alexander; Corker|
|RDTE,A||Smart Sensor Supercomputing Center||$8,000,000||Byrd|
|RDTE,DW||High Speed Optical Interconnects for Next Generation Supercomputing||$1,200,000||Dent||Specter|
|RDTE,A||High Performance Computing in Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences||$1,200,000||Watt|
|RDTE,DW||High Performance Computational Design of Novel Materials (this is primarily a software and technology effort that uses HPC)||$3,120,000||Cochran, Wicker|
None of these projects was funded at the full amount; the Biomedical request was $1.5M; the Novel Materials Senate request was $3.9M; the Petascale request was for $10M, Interconnects was $1.5M, and Smart Sensors was $10M.
The list of supporters on the Petascale effort shows the power of the Tennessee HPC community. That money will reportedly “go to a Cray Inc. supercomputer project in Tennessee.” The house sponsors are Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD) and Rep. David Wu (OR); in the Senate we have Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) and Sen. Bob Corker (TN). In Maryland’s case this earmark was the largest earmark sponsored by a lawmaker from that state, and the money doesn’t even go to MD. Corker’s website shows that the effort was originally a much more ambitious $60M project
Item: Initiative to Advance Adaptive Petascale Supercomputing
Suggested Recipient: Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) & National Security Agency (NSA)
Suggested Location: Oak Ridge, TN
Purpose: Funding would continue to expand NSA’s partnership and investments in computing facilities, high-end computing systems, advanced technology, and research at ORNL.