U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) issued the following statement regarding his recently introduced bipartisan legislation H.R 2495, The American Super Computing Leadership Act.
"Last week, China surpassed the United States with the world's fastest super computer; this is a stark indicator of a long-term trend marking declining investment in computing leadership in the United States." said Rep. Hultgren. "Long an area where the United States has led, we now risk falling behind in this critical area of science and engineering."
"Supercomputing has direct implications for our national security; our nuclear stockpile, vital to strategic deterrence, is aging rapidly. As the stockpile ages, more and more powerful machines are required to do ongoing tests to ensure the systems function properly and reliably."
"But exascale computing goes beyond national security. The massive gains in computing power necessary to meet our national security needs will also have spillover benefits in science, engineering and healthcare. As more and more families struggle with increasing rates of diagnosed autism and Alzheimer's, advanced computer simulations made possible by faster computers can yield new insights into both understanding these disorders and developing therapeutics to treat them at earlier stages."
California Democratic representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15), a bipartisan co-sponsor of the legislation, noted: "I am proud to join Representative Hultgren to introduce the American Super Computing Leadership Act and make exascale computing a national priority. In addition to scientific benefits, exascale computing can support our national security efforts, and we can't afford to cede leadership in this important field to China and other nations."