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The U.S. Needs a National Strategic Computing Reserve

By Scientific American

June 9, 2021

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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.

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