This article is published in the May 2022 issue.

NITRD 30th Anniversary Commemoration




The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program is the Nation’s primary source of federally funded work on pioneering information technologies (IT) in computing, networking, and software. On December 9th, 2021 the 30th Anniversary of the NITRD program occurred during the height of the pandemic, and accordingly a virtual commemoration was held on December 2nd, 2021 to celebrate the incredible achievements of the last 30 years while maintaining social distancing measures. While the anniversary has passed we will be hosting an in-person event on May 25th, 2022 in Washington, D.C. to commemorate this milestone.

The event, organized by the National Coordination Office for NITRD, with support from Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium (CCC), will highlight the impact on society of the coordinated federal investment in networking and information technology research and development over the past 30 years. 

Achievements in networking and information technology have created the thriving technology innovation ecosystem that exists in the United States today. By fostering the advances in this field, the Federal Government has played an essential role. The Federal investment in Networking and Information Technology (NIT) Research and Development (R&D) dates from the birth of the field more than 70 years ago. In 1991, the High Performance Computing Act recognized the unique importance of NIT R&D to our nation, and provided for multi-agency coordination of this investment. NITRD was created by the High Performance Computing Act of 1991 and is formerly known as High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) Program.

The commemoration will be live streamed. If you would like to watch please register here and we will send you the live link the morning of May 25th. The event starts at 9 AM ET. For more information, please see the NITRD website.