In 1990, Congress ordered the Department of Defense’s Research and Engineering Enterprise to update the computational abilities available to the Department of Defense. This led to the 1992 establishment of the High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP), created as a response to congressional mandates to update the federal agency’s high performance computing laboratory to modern standards.The primary goal of the High Performance Computing Modernization Program is to accelerate technological development and transition the agency into greater defense abilities through the strategic application of high performance computing, networking, and computational methods. Over the program’s 20 years of existence, leadership has been managed by several DoD entities including the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Assistant Secretary of the Army. With a commitment to protect the nation, HPCMP has outlined its mission set into 5 goals: Maintain Leadership, Expand the Base, Increase Customer Productivity, Exploit Next Generation Technologies, and Develop the Workforce.

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