High-Performance Computing Legislation Passes House

By Cameron
April 26, 2005

Today the House of Representatives passed the High-Performance Computing Revitalization Act. USACM and the Computing Research Association (CRA) praised the House’s action.

USACM Chair Gene Spafford commented:

“IT R&D — and especially investment in basic research and infrastructure — is an investment that pays enormous dividends. It fuels innovation that will help the U.S. retain world leadership in business, develop new jobs and industries, enhance public safety and national defense, and provide means to support research to live longer, healthier lives.”

The High-Performance Computing Program (also known as the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program – NITRD) sets up a collaborative multi-agency research, development, and deployment program focused on high-performance computing systems, software, and applications (among other things). The underlying law also established the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), on which USACM has sitting members.

The legislation has three primary areas. The first rewrites the overarching goals of the program. The second makes minor changes to reporting requirements and PITAC. The third updates many participating agencies’ duties to reflect each agency’s mission. USACM sent a letter in February to House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) commenting on the legislation.

The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration.