Computational scientific innovation requires access to state of the art technologies, hardware, and capabilities. PNNL Institutional Computing is a program designed to advance scientific discovery by providing staff with the recourses required to accelerate their research outcomes.
The three main objectives of Institutional Computing are to remove barriers to innovation via access to compute capabilities, and build computational capabilities and a culture of computing while driving efficiencies and economies of scale. These are achieved by offering scientists and engineers access to a broad portfolio of no-cost and cost-effective computational capabilities.
Institutional Computing maintains three portfolios of investment as we sustain base capabilities and grow new offerings:
- Innovate: Provide a limited allocation of Institutional Computing capabilities at no cost to S&E's for experimentation and learning. These base capabilities are accessible via a lightweight proposal process.
- Incubate: Pilot new computing capabilities; once critical mass utilization of a new capability is reached, it becomes sustainable through sponsor funding.
- Sustain: Standalone computing capabilities are available through programmatic investments. With the exception of LDRD, projects are able to invest in equipment that benefits from the base capability to lower equipment acquisition and maintenance costs. Additionally, an investment results in non-competitive access to PIC proportional to the level of investment.