High Performance Computing Letter

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USACM

U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

February 28, 2005


The Honorable Sherwood Boehlert

Chairman

House Science Committee

2320 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515


Dear Chairman Boehlert:


Thank you for requesting our input on the High-Performance Computing Revitalization

Act of 2005 (H.R. 28).


The High-Performance Computing Program (known as the Networking and Information

Technology Research and Development Program) has played a critical role in creating

and sustaining the high-end computing technology necessary to support the Nation's

scientific and engineering enterprise. Six years have passed since the Congress truly

addressed this issue. Given the incredible developments since and significant challenges

faced by this field, H.R. 28 is both a timely and important reflection of the current

environment and the policy framework needed to advance this field of science.


We wish to note the technical and policy aspects of this legislation. First, the overarching

goals in Section 3 of the bill focus on the appropriate technical challenges this program

must address. Second, the provisions that expand the research community's access and

the recognition that high-end computing can be multidisciplinary and serve all fields of

science are welcome additions. The demand for high-end systems and software by

researchers in all fields represents a continuing challenge for this field. Third, new focus

on software security reflects an important and growing technical challenge this field must

consider. Fourth, we welcome additional oversight duties for the President•s Information

Technology Advisory Committee, particularly that its report will be presented to

Congress. The committee represents an important source of technical and policy

information on information technology for policymakers.


In conclusion, this legislation recognizes the role that the High-Performance Computing

program should continue to play in developing the leading-edge technology and

applications that drive our Nation's scientific and engineering enterprise. We look

forward to working with you and your colleagues to advance policies that support future

innovations in computing.


USACM is the U.S. Public Policy Committee of the Association for Computing

Machinery, which is the world's first educational and scientific computing society with

just under 80,000 members worldwide. Our members include leading computer

scientists, engineers and other professionals from industry, academia, and government.

USACM's mission is to provide non-partisan scientific data, educational materials, and

technical analysis to policymakers. Please contact the ACM's Office of Public Policy at

(202) 659-9711 if we can provide input on any computing-related issue.


Sincerely,


Eugene H. Spafford, Ph.D

Chair

U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Association for Computing Machinery

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