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High-Performance Computing (HPC) Security: Architecture, Threat Analysis, and Security Posture

Executive Order 13702 established the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) to maximize the benefits of high-performance computing (HPC) for economic competitiveness and scientific discovery. Securing HPC systems is challenging due to their size; performance requirements; diverse and complex hardware, software, and applications; varying security requirements; the nature of shared resources; and the continuing evolution of HPC systems.

Draft SP 800-223 provides guidance on standardizing and facilitating the sharing of HPC security postures by introducing a zone-based HPC system reference model that captures common features of HPC systems and serves as a foundation for a system lexicon. The draft also discusses HPC system threat analysis, security postures, challenges, and recommendations.

The public comment period for this initial public draft is open through April 7, 2022.  Additional information can be found at the NIST HPC Security Working Group website. A 3rd High-Performance Computing Workshop will be held March 15-16, 2023; see the event page for more details and a registration link.

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