NSF Looks to Create New Strategic Computing Plan

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is looking for feedback on the nation’s high-performance computing resources as the agency develops a new National Strategic Computing Initiative. Responses are due by August 23.

In a request for information released today in the Federal Register, NSF noted that recent developments since 2016 have led to the need for a new strategy.

“Examples include the increasing role of network-centric and edge computing; the need for improved software interoperability and sustainability; the availability of new approaches for hardware-specific compute; and concerns regarding the long-term future of computing architectures and underlying technologies,” the RFI noted.

The 2016 National Strategic Computing Initiative placed an emphasis on delivering exascale computing systems, establishing a path forward for high performance computing systems, and developing public-private partnerships on research and development. The RFI notes that exascale computing has made “significant” progress – one of the main reasons for reexamining the strategy.

In its questions to the public, NSF asks about the challenges to advances in strategic computing in the future, how government and the private sector can work together, and how to develop the workforce needed to ensure American leadership. The RFI also asks about which areas from the 2016 strategy need funding adjustments, the use cases that will push strategic computing forward, and what new areas may need to be added.

The National Strategic Computing Initiative will be developed by the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC’s) Fast-Track Action Committee on Strategic Computing, in collaboration with NSTC’s Artificial Intelligence Select Committee, the Subcommittee on Quantum Information Systems, and other advisory groups.

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