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White House Releases National Strategic Computing Initiative Update

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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science and Technology Council issued an update to the 2016 U.S. Strategic Computing Plan in response to the emergence of heterogeneous computing systems and growing complexity of software.

The report outlines the government’s refocused objectives and the first goal deals with the introduction of new frontiers of digital and non-digital computation to address technological and scientific challenges of the 21st century.

The other two objectives focus on the development and advancement of the country’s computational infrastructure and ecosystem and expansion of computing partnerships to ensure U.S. leadership in technology, science and innovation.

The document includes recommendations to meet the updated objectives. For the first goal, the U.S. government should adopt a diversity of software and hardware approaches for the future of computing and advance the development and deployment of software tools, systems and frameworks.

“The National Strategic Computing Initiative Update provides a framework to drive the future of computing, improve our computational infrastructure, and create lasting multisector partnerships to ensure continued American leadership,” Michael Kratsios, federal chief technology officer and a 2019 Wash100 award winner said in a statement published Thursday. “These priorities will help ensure next-generation computing will enable technological advancements and scientific discoveries for the benefit of all Americans.”