A national strategic computing initiative

I’m still playing catchup on recent happenings after not blogging for so long…   In case you missed it, at the beginning of this month, computer science (well, high performance computing in particular) got a nod from the highest level.  President Obama signed an executive order creating a national strategic computing initiative.  The initiative basically pushes the idea that the economic prosperity and scientific competitiveness of the US depends fundamentally on pushing the limits of high performance computing. There’re some interesting nuggets in the full text, including a specific focus on defining a path forward for high performance computing in the “post-Moore’s law era.”

Given the current funding environment for fundamental research, it will be very interesting to see how this plays out in terms of concrete research calls and programs in the coming years.  There should be more details in ~90 days about how this plan will align across NSF/DOE/DOD etc.  Should be interesting.