Supercomputing for Science and Competitiveness

March 17, 2011, 12:00 -1:30 PM
SVC 210/212 Capitol Visitors Center


The U.S. needs greater supercomputing capability to tackle 21st-century national priorities in security, energy and environment. Federal agencies, in partnership with the private sector, are asking what a national effort should look like that will take the U.S. to the next level – the exascale - in its ability to address issues such as stockpile stewardship, climate modeling and prediction, understanding combustion, and developing advanced materials. Unlike in the past, “more of the same” won’t do it; there are unprecedented technical challenges in areas of power consumption, networking and reliability. Fundamental new ideas, architectures and algorithms are required. Panelists for this briefing will describe the benefits of more capable supercomputers and the tremendous technical hurdles that need to be overcome to reach the exascale.

Honorary Host

The Senate Science & Technology Caucus
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Senator Mark Udall (D-CO)

Opening Remarks



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