National Coordination Office for NITRD
Professor & Dean, School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina
Christopher R. Johnson
Director, Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute
University of Utah
In its recent report Computational Science: Ensuring America’s Competitiveness, the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) concluded that computational science has great potential to advance intellectual discovery in science, engineering, the humanities, and key areas such as national security and public health. However, there are a number of obstacles to realizing this potential. The organizational structures and incentive systems in both academia and the federal government inhibit the development of effective research and education in computational science. Research and development efforts lack adequate coordination and a consistently supported infrastructure. Technology investments are not focused on the most promising opportunities (e.g., unprecedented volume of data available for analysis) or the most urgent needs (e.g., crisis in software). This project briefing focuses on policies and strategies that may help to overcome these impediments and foster more rapid progress in computational science.