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'if We Want to Out Compete, We Have to Out Compute,' Witnesses Tell Congressional Science Committee

Congressman Randy Weber (R-TX).

Congressman Randy Weber (R-TX), chairman of the Energy Subcommittee of the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, said it is the job of the Subcommittee "to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely."

Credit: Randy Weber

Experts in high-performance computing (HPC) and science policy called for more funding for supercomputing resources and research during a recent hearing held by the Energy Subcommittee of the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. They stressed at the hearing that the global leader in the years to come will be the nation that is at the forefront of science and technology.

"It is our job in Congress to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely, on innovative research that is in the national interest, and provides the best chance for broad impact and long-term success," said Subcommittee chairman Randy Weber (R-TX).

In response to a question on how he would make the case to lawmakers to boost funding, Bipartisan Policy Center board member Norman Augustine noted improved computing would help with applying research to the economy more rapidly.

Witnesses also included Roscoe Giles, chairman of the U.S. Energy Department's Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee, who spoke on what is happening at the Advanced Scientific Computing and Research program; and IBM's Dave Turek, who gave the industry perspective for HPC and insight into the long-term challenges of the field.

Issues such as transferring research from national labs to industry and the next step beyond the use of silicon in computers also were discussed.

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