CRA commends the House for its swift passage today of the High Performance Computing Revitalization Act (H.R. 28). The bill, which would provide sustained access by the research community to federal HPC assets, assure a balanced portfolio in HPC research pursuits and beef up interagency planning, passed by voice vote. The measure now moves on to the Senate, where previous efforts to reauthorize portions of the Networking and Information Technology R&D program have failed to receive timely consideration.
Here’s our previous coverage of the bill, which has a bit more detail.
CRA and USACM joined in issuing a press release applauding the bill’s authors and the members of the House for moving the legislation. A copy of that release can be found after the jump.
The House Science Committee’s press release has further (positive) reaction from Chair Sherwood Boehlert.
“This is very important legislation that deals with the competitiveness of the United States of America in the global marketplace. We are not going to be preeminent in the competitive world if we don’t invest wisely and direct our resources in the proper way, because the competition is all over the place. It isn’t one state against another. It’s the United States against the world. Right now, we’re ahead. That’s the position I like. But when we look back, we see a lot of people following closely behind. That’s why it’s critically important that we do things like invest in high-performance computing so that we maintain our competitive edge.”