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The U.S. Needs a National Strategic Computing Reserve


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The U.S. Needs a National Strategic Computing Reserve

This pandemic will not be the last crisis we face, and one critical lesson learned is the importance of preparing for future emergencies.

Last spring, as the world was coming to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists started to make rapid progress in understanding the disease. Much of that progress was aided by world-class supercomputers and data systems, and research results advanced with unprecedented efficiency.

Long-term investments in basic research and infrastructure, and the capacity to quickly leverage resources to respond to crisis, underlie the COVID-19 High-Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium that delivered those results.

Now, the leaders behind the HPC are proposing a National Strategic Computing Reserve (NSCR) that will provide funding, human talent, and cyberinfrastructure that investigators can access when future crises—whether an epidemic, record-setting wildfires, or severe storms—emerge.

From Scientific American
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