CHESS: Cloud, High-Performance Computing, and Edge for Science and Security

The future of supercomputing for science and security 


The Cloud, High-Performance Computing (HPC), and Edge for Science and Security (CHESS) is a laboratory directed research and development effort which seeks to build capabilities to support integrated computing plans across three very different computing environments:

  • Cloud computing — data is processed at a different location than the originating source.
  • High-performance computing — complex data processing calculations can be completed at a high rate of speed.
  • Edge computing — data is processed as close to the originating source as possible.  

The vision is to create tooling and automation that allows researchers to seamlessly bridge between these three environments to effectively create a virtual and distributed supercomputer. A supercomputer that retains all the benefits of the individual environments, but then enhances these by allowing compute workloads to automatically and efficiently move between these environments to leverage additional computing, or other services not readily available in the current environment.

Diagram of integrated workflows across cloud, edge, and high-performance computing
PNNL is building workflows that span the spectrum of compute environments and with strategies for moving data and AI workloads between them. CHESS tests these strategies against use-cases which require moving models between such environments.