Department of Defense
High Performance Computing Modernization Program

No matter where you are in the country, the Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN) can link you to the High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP’s) geographically dispersed supercomputing resources.  The DREN provides the Department of Defense (DoD) research, test, and engineering communities with the wide-area network access they need to accomplish their respective missions.  The DREN connects these communities to supercomputing resources and each other over a secure, robust, and high-performance network which provides high-bandwidth, low-latency, and low-jitter services.

In addition to the Military Services, other DoD agencies can also benefit from DREN connectivity, including the Missile Defense Agency, DoD Modeling & Simulation Office, Joint Forces Command, and Defense Threat Reduction Agency.  Any DoD organization supporting a research and development (R&D), science and technology (S&T), test and evaluation (T&E), modeling and simulation (M&S), or acquisition engineering (AE) mission, is eligible to use DREN services for the benefit of the Warfighter.

The DREN can be deployed anywhere in the world where DoD research, test, or engineering requirements exist.  Today, the DREN has significant deployments in the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii.  The research and engineering communities benefit from DREN’s high bandwidth, while the test community benefits from DREN’s low latency and low jitter. The DREN enables each of these communities to access the HPCMP’s unique supercomputing resources, accomplish their mission, and solve the hard problems.

Increasing the pace of high-performance networking, the DREN contributes to overall federal agency efforts in networking and security through participation in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program.  Active participation in NITRD’s Large-Scale Network (LSN) interagency working group and Joint Engineering Team (JET) extend US technological leadership in leading-edge networking technologies, and helps coordinate federal agency networking activities, operations, and plans.