Progress is continuously monitored on NIF in the areas of efficient utilization of the facility, quality data return on every shot, ease of implementation for Shot RIs, and overall campaign flow for PIs and Campaign RIs. This is accomplished through the collection of performance metrics specific to both the experimental shot cycle and the facility operation in general. Studying trends in the metrics helps NIF staff ensure that the facility can support an ever-growing pool of international users with ever more opportunities for unique science experiments. On an annual basis, the NIF Director will assess facility performance using published metrics.
This evaluation will be made available to the user community.