White House OSTP Issues National Strategic Computing Initiative Update

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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) released an update to the National Strategic Computing Initiative today.

The new release – which is an update to the U.S. Strategic Computing Plan released in 2016 – highlights the White House’s priorities and guidance for the Federal government’s push to advance the country’s leadership in high performance and exascale computing.

“The National Strategic Computing Initiative Update provides a framework to drive the future of computing, improve our computational infrastructure, and create lasting multisector partnerships to ensure continued American leadership,” said Michael Kratsios, Federal CTO. “These priorities will help ensure next-generation computing will enable technological advancements and scientific discoveries for the benefit of all Americans.”

Specifically, the update “calls for a strong focus on post-Moore’s Law hardware, an expansion of software infrastructure, and an emphasis on new applications and opportunities for future computing systems.”

In the update, OSTP and NSTC offer up several “refocused objectives” for the National Strategic Computing Initiative:

  • “Pioneer new frontiers of digital and non-digital computation to address the scientific and technological challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
  • Develop, broaden, and advance the Nation’s computational infrastructure and ecosystem.
  • Forge and expand partnerships for the future of computing to ensure American leadership in science, technology, and innovation.”

The report offers up recommendations for each of the new objectives. The recommendations were gathered via a Request for Information and a Community of Interest stakeholder meeting to gather input and feedback from the research community, according to an OSTP press release.

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