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U.S. Senators Show Strong Support for Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Initiative - 1 views

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started by Bonnie Sutton on 16 Nov 11
  • Bonnie Sutton
    Recognizing the vital role that High Performance Computing (HPC) plays in national competitiveness, on November 8th 24 U.S. Senators signed off on a letter to the White House asking the Administration to support the Department of Energy's (DOE) exascale computing initiative.

    America's leadership in high performance computing (HPC) is essential to a vast range of national priorities in science, industry, energy, environment, health, and national security. The DOE has identified exascale computing as a critical need for the United States to maintain international leadership in advanced scientific computing for energy and national security applications and is among the most important priorities for the Council on Competitiveness.

    Able to execute one million trillion calculations per second, exascale computers are integral to simulating complex systems and present the opportunity to understand grand challenges like nuclear warhead explosions, climate change, or protein interactions inside of cells.

    Exascale computers will make a significant contribution to America's efforts to:

    Analyze, design, and stress-test critical systems such as communications, homeland security, and defense systems;
    Develop domestic energy sources in economically viable and environmentally friendly ways; and
    Understand the complex biogeochemical cycles that underpin ecosystems and control the sustainability of life on Earth.

    Exascale computing investments will better position the U.S. to secure a competitiveness advantage in both high-tech manufacturing and information technology industries.

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