NSF planning a vast upgrade to infrastructure

BOSTON'The National Science Foundation is planning up to a $1 billion upgrade of the computing infrastructure supporting its research and engineering activities.

The Cyberinfrastructure Initiative will run for five years, beginning with fiscal 2005, according to Gregory Andrews, division director for experimental and integrative activities at NSF.

Andrews spoke at the NSF Digital Government Research Program's annual conference last week.

The initiative will have three components, Andrews said. First is adding hardware and software that builds on the existing Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure.

The second component will be sales, he said'selling continued funding to Congress by showing what problems scientists can solve. The third is the initiative's real goal: 'Having revolutionary impact on science, engineering and society,' Andrews said.

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