A recently released study by the National Academy of Sciences on the High Performance Computing and Communications Initiative recommends that the country invest $1 billion a year on research to provide the basis for innovations in the years to come, reports Joseph F. Traub, Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Computer Science at Columbia.
Traub served on the committee making the study, mandated by Congress in 1994, which was delivered Feb. 1 to President Clinton's science advisor Jack Gibbons and to Secretary of Defense William Perry.
Congress asked that the study address the goals, management and progress of the Initiative.
The committee made 13 major recommendations, said Traub. Among them are:
The Initiative, originally begun during the Bush administration, may be in some jeopardy because of the new Republican Congressional majority's "Contract with America," said Traub. Interest in the Initiative by Vice President Al Gore and House Speaker Newt Gingrich may help, he said.
The study will shortly be available from the National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.