Supercomputers play a significant and growing role in a variety of areas important to the nation. They are used to address challenging science and technology problems. In recent years, however, progress in supercomputing in the United States has slowed. The development of the Earth Simulator supercomputer by Japan that the United States could lose its competitive advantage and, more importantly, the national competence needed to achieve national goals. In the wake of this development, the Department of Energy asked the NRC to assess the state of U.S. supercomputing capabilities and relevant R&D. Subsequently, the Senate directed DOE in S. Rpt. 107-220 to ask the NRC to evaluate the Advanced Simulation and Computing program of the National Nuclear Security Administration at DOE in light of the development of the Earth Simulator. This report provides an assessment of the current status of supercomputing in the United States including a review of current demand and technology, infrastructure and institutions, and international activities. The report also presents a number of recommendations to enable the United States to meet current and future needs for capability supercomputers.
National Research Council. 2005. Getting Up to Speed: The Future of Supercomputing. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/11148.
|1 Introduction and Context||11-19|
|2 Explanation of Supercomputing||20-27|
|3 Brief History of Supercomputing||28-66|
|4 The Demand for Supercomputing||67-103|
|5 Today's Supercomputing Technology||104-156|
|6 Supercomputing Infrastructures and Institutions||157-179|
|7 Supercomputing Abroad||180-191|
|8 A Policy Framework||192-205|
|9 Stewardship and Funding of Supercomputing||206-224|
|10 The Future of Supercomputing--Conclusions and Recommendations||225-246|
|Appendix A: Committee Member and Staff Biographies||247-262|
|Appendix B: Speakers and Participants at Meetings and Site Visits||263-275|
|Appendix C: White Papers Prepared for the Applications Workshop||276-277|
|Appendix D: Glossary and Acronym List||278-290|
The Chapter Skim search tool presents what we've algorithmically identified as the most significant single chunk of text within every page in the chapter. You may select key terms to highlight them within pages of each chapter.
The National Academies Press (NAP) has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center's Rightslink service to offer you a variety of options for reusing NAP content. Through Rightslink, you may request permission to reprint NAP content in another publication, course pack, secure website, or other media. Rightslink allows you to instantly obtain permission, pay related fees, and print a license directly from the NAP website. The complete terms and conditions of your reuse license can be found in the license agreement that will be made available to you during the online order process. To request permission through Rightslink you are required to create an account by filling out a simple online form. The following list describes license reuses offered by the National Academies Press (NAP) through Rightslink:
Click here to obtain permission for the above reuses. If you have questions or comments concerning the Rightslink service, please contact:
Rightslink Customer Care
Tel (toll free): 877/622-5543
To request permission to distribute a PDF, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800-624-6242 for pricing.
To request permission to translate a book published by the National Academies Press or its imprint, the Joseph Henry Press, pleaseclick here to view more information.