NSF Taps Industry to Update Strategic Computing Initiative

Jeff Brody

The National Science Foundation issued a request for information seeking industry comments on the challenges and updates to U.S. strategic computing to maintain scientific, technological and economic leadership. The RFI issued Tuesday on Federal Register aims to guide the agency in developing a new National Strategic Computing Initiative.

NSF released the initiative in 2016, which focuses on federal efforts to develop and utilize high performance computing systems and create public-private partnerships on research and development. However, changes to exascale computing over the past years encouraged the agency to update the document. 

“Examples include the increasing role of network-centric and edge computing; the need for improved software interoperability and sustainability; the availability of new approaches for hardware-specific compute; and concerns regarding the long-term future of computing architectures and underlying technologies,” according to the RFI. 

NSF wants to determine challenges facing strategic computing in the future, how the government can continue work with in industry and build a workforce to support the initiative. The agency is also interested in industry feedback on potential funding adjustments for the 2016 strategy and on whether new areas of computing should be added. Interested parties can submit responses through Aug. 23.

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