Is the US losing its grip on high-performance computing?


Is the US losing its grip on high-performance computing?

What: “The Vital Importance of High-Performance Computing to U.S. Competitiveness,” an Information Technology & Innovation Foundation report explaining why adoption, use and production of HPC systems should continue in the United States.

Why: Although HPC systems have been used by the public and private sector to make breakthrough discoveries that fuel innovation, other nations have also made significant investments in supercomputing and HPC. The United States must have concerted public and private collaboration and investment to maintain its lead in the production and use of HPC systems and applications.

Findings: The National Strategic Computing Initiative defines a multiagency framework for maximizing scientific and economic benefits through HPC; however, more must be done. To ensure America’s continuing leadership this field, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation offers several recommendations for Congress, including:

  • Hold hearings on the importance of high-performance computing and ensure the NSCI and related initiatives are adequately funded.
  • Focus on the national laboratories’ HPC-related technology transfer and commercialization activities.
  • Update the export control system so that only the newest and most-sensitive HPC systems and technologies are subject to export control rules.
  • Emphasize HPC-related skills in technical education programs.

Takeaway: The United States cannot take its lead in HPC for granted, the report found. In order for the nation to ensure its leadership position, it must enact policies that support existing and future HPC systems and safeguard that those in the field have the education and the skill needed to continue moving forward.

Read the full report here.

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Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.

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