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Computational Science: Ensuring America's Competitiveness

Publication Category: PITAC Reports

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Pages: 117

About: The President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) is appointed by the President to provide independent expert advice on maintaining America's preeminence in advanced information technologies. PITAC members are leaders in industry and academia whose reports on key issues in Federal networking and information technology research and development (R&D) help guide the Administration's efforts to accelerate the development and adoption of information technologies vital to American prosperity in the 21st century. Authorized by Congress under the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 (Public Law 102-194), as amended by the Next Generation Internet Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-305), and formally established and renewed through Presidential Executive Orders, PITAC is a Federally chartered advisory committee operating under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Public Law 92-463) and other Federal laws governing such activities. The PITAC selected computational science as one of three topics for evaluation. The Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy provided a formal charge (Appendix C), asking PITAC members to concentrate their efforts on the focus, balance, and effectiveness of current Federal computational science R&D activities. To conduct this examination, PITAC established the Subcommittee on Computational Science, whose work culminated in this report, Computational Science: Ensuring America's Competitiveness. The PITAC found that computational science contributes to the scientific, economic, social, and national security goals of the Nation. However, much of the promise of computational science remains unrealized due to inefficiencies within the R&D infrastructure and lack of strategic planning and execution. PITAC's primary recommendations address these deficiencies, calling for a rationalization and restructuring of computational science within universities and Federal agencies, and the development and maintenance of a multi-decade roadmap for computational science R&D investments.

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Metadata Created: 8/1/2018
Metadata Updated: 8/1/2018