Since the inception of the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP), users have often encountered difficulties in using multiple and varying resources across the DoD Supercomputing Resource Centers (DSRCs).

A fundamental need for consistency of processes, tools, computational environments, and user service methodologies is required so that users can effectively and efficiently leverage the full range of services provided by the HPCMP and be able to easily move between centers and systems.

The Baseline Configuration project will establish a common set of capabilities and functions so that users can work more productively and collaboratively when using the HPC resources at multiple computing centers. The Baseline Configuration project will avoid negative impact on existing users by layering a new set of capabilities on existing operating concepts without breaking existing conventions. The Baseline Configuration project will also develop a baseline compliance assessment process across the centers and establish a baseline policy notification/feedback mechanism for users and center staff. Finally, the Baseline Configuration project will audit all policies and capabilities once every two years to make sure that they remain valid and up to date.

The Baseline Configuration project will also institute an audit process, to be executed once a year, to insure that all classified systems within HPCMP are compliant to all BC policies that are determined to be applicable to the classified environment at a particular site. Unlike the unclassified environment, there shall be no real time compliance matrix to map the compliance of a specific classified system at a given DSRC to an applicable BC policy.

The project managers will have authority to select team members and recommend the final project budget to the HPCMP. The project managers shall make recommendations to the HPCMP Associate Director for HPC Centers relating to DSRC non-compliance with valid Baseline Configuration policy.