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7 Conclusions
Pages 121-126

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From page 121...
... Progress on some of the major challenges identified in Chapters 2-5 would ensue immediately if more powerful computers and/or algorithms were available, and users would see tangible advances. For example, numerical weather predictions could be run with finer resolution, and some simulations in astrophysics and climate modeling could include additional processes or details of importance.
From page 122...
... There is also a need for data management tools, graphical interface tools, data analysis tools, and algorithms research and development. Some critical problem areas may need targeted research into mathematical models, and others might require training or incentives to speed a targeted community's climb up the learning curve.
From page 123...
... • Some community software should be available or, alternatively, researchers using HECC should be well aware of how other computational scientists in their field are approaching similar problems. • Supporting software (for example, data management tools, automated grid generators, interface software)
From page 124...
... is that the information technology industry has for several decades advanced processing capabilities exponentially. To continue at that rate, which is generally referred to as following Moore's law, computer manufacturers are now moving toward new hardware architectures, as yet undefined.
From page 125...
... Other types of research are faced with similarly enormous sets of input data, such as those from satellites and telescopes, and in those situations HECC capabilities are required to digest data and create insight. HUMAN RESOURCES Conclusion 5 implies that the committee foresees an increasing need for computational scientists and engineers who can work with mathematicians and computer scientists to develop next-generation HECC software.
From page 126...
... • Compelling justification for a particular proposed HECC investment would require a level of analysis not included in this report. For each of the major challenges targeted by the investment, it would be appropriate to identify the various research directions that are germane to progress and their associated infrastructure requirements.

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