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Obama Sets $126M for Next-Gen Supercomputing.

Computerworld (02/17/11) Patrick Thibodeau

President Obama’s 2012 budget proposal calls for $126 million for the development of next-generation exascale supercomputers, with about $91 million going to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science and $36 million going to the National Nuclear Security Administration. The funding is part of a general DOE advanced computing request of $465 million for 2012, which marks a 21 percent increase over the 2010 budget. Exascale systems will beat the power of the fastest current supercomputer by 1,000-fold, and the White House’s funding for such systems reflects its plan for a predictable future pathway for high-performance computing. The creation of an exascale system is expected by 2020, but that depends on the development of software systems that can use what may amount to 100 million cores. Meanwhile, DOE is constructing 10 petaflop systems. Modeling and simulation are the chief supercomputing applications, and with an increase in system size comes a gain in resolution. Faster networking and other technological milestones that must be achieved to build exascale systems may eventually migrate to business-class servers.



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