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White House Issues Report on Quantum Information Science, Unveils Plan to Facilitate HPC Tech Development

big dataThe White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy has released a report on the opportunities and challenges in quantum information science and a strategic plan on how to facilitate the development of high-performance computing platforms.

A White House blog post published Tuesday says the report titled “Advancing Quantum Information Science: National Challenges and Opportunities” from the National Science and Technology Council tackles the potential impacts of QIS on technology development in the areas of sensing and metrology, simulation, communication and computing.

The NSTC report also offers updates on investments made by federal agencies to support research in QIS and outlines impediments to QIS advancement in the areas of education and workforce training, funding stability, materials and fabrication as well as knowledge transfer.

OSTP has also published a strategic plan by the National Strategic Computing Initiative’s executive council that details five objectives on how to promote government collaboration with academic institutions and industry to accelerate the development of HPC technologies.

Some of the goals outlined by NSCI include the need to expedite the deployment of exascale computing systems by mid-2020s to meet the requirements of government applications and the need to develop new tools that work to support coherence in simulation, modeling and data analytics.

Altaf Carim, assistant director for research infrastructure at OSTP, co-wrote the blog post with William Polk, assistant director for cybersecurity at OSTP; and Erin Szulman, policy adviser to the chief of staff at OSTP.

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