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White House Hopes to Maintain Leadership in High-Performance Computing

Seeking to secure an American technological edge for the future, last week President Obama issued an Executive Order creating a National Strategic Computing Initiative(NSCI).

By 2025 the United States hopes to be home to the world’s most powerful supercomputer – one that can perform one quintillion, or 1018, operations each second. That’s a billion billion operations per second.

The NSCI is a coordinated research, development, and deployment strategy that will harness the strengths of various federal agencies to develop new 21st century computing technologies and applications that can benefit both the public and private sectors.

“By strategically investing now, we can prepare for increasing computing demands and emerging technological challenges, building the foundation for sustained U.S. leadership for decades to come, while also expanding the role of high-performance computing to address the pressing challenges faced across many sectors,” wrote Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Jason Miller, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council in a blog post detailing the effort.

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