U.S. House approves computing legislation introduced by Hultgren
Today, the House passed without opposition legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, which would jump start research into high-performance computing technologies to ensure continued American leadership in advanced computing.
The American Super Computing Leadership Act amends portions of the Department of Energy High-End Computing Revitalization Act of 2004 to promote accelerated gains in “exascale” computing, computing whose speed approaches that of the human brain.
“Exascale computing, exceeding the existing generation of super computing power by 10,000 percent, represents an exciting new world of science and American leadership," Hultgren said in a press release. "Unfortunately, America is falling behind as China boasts the world’s fastest computer and is not slowing down. Massive gains in computing power are necessary to meet our national security, scientific, and health care needs."
Among other provisions, the act:
• Instructs the Secretary of Energy to carry out a coordinated research program across the department to develop exascale computing systems.
• Establishes partnerships to conduct integrated research, development, and engineering of prototype exascale systems, while developing and deploying them for advanced scientific and engineering applications.
• Requires an integrated strategy and program management plan from the Department and regular status reports to Congress.