ERIC Number: ED329226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
High-Performance Computing Act of 1990: Report of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on S. 1067.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
This committee report is intended to accompany S. 1067, a bill designed to provide for a coordinated federal research program in high-performance computing (HPC). The primary objective of the legislation is given as the acceleration of research, development, and application of the most advanced computing technology in research, education, and industry. Each of the seven titles of the bill is discussed in detail: (1) Title 1 establishes an interagency National HPC Program to provide for coordination of the federal agencies involved in high-performance computing by the Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering, and Technology (FCCSET); (2) Title 2 calls for the creation of a National Research and Education Network (NREN) to link researchers in government, industry, and universities around the country; (3) Title 3 makes the National Science Foundation the lead agency for ensuring that federally funded databases and network services can be accessed over the network; (4) Title 4 calls for expanded software research and development, especially on software for supercomputers; (5) Title 5 provides for research on supercomputers and encourages development of new supercomputing technology by the private sector; (6) Title 6 requires the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to oversee and coordinate federal programs for basic research in computer technology and for the education of computer scientists, computational scientists, information scientists, and electrical engineers; and (7) Title 7 authorizes funding for the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the purposes of the bill. Also discussed are the benefits of and need for high-performance computing, and the legislative history of the bill. (DB)
Descriptors: Computer Networks, Computer Science Education, Computer Software Development, Computer System Design, Computers, Databases, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Public Agencies, Research and Development, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.