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How can NSF provide the advanced computing resources needed to advance its science and engineering research?
How can NSF best provide advanced computing for integrated discovery involving experiments, observations, analysis, theory, and simulation?
How can NSF coordinate and set overall strategy for advanced computing activities?

Advanced computing is used to tackle a rapidly growing range of challenging science and engineering problems. The National Science Foundation must decide how to balance future investments in advanced computing. At NSF’s request, the National Research Council published an interim report on this issue and is developing a framework to guide future decisions

We invite comment from YOU—the scientific community—on this report and on the future of advanced computing at the National Science Foundation.

You may provide feedback by email to or through the project’s public feedback form. Comments should be submitted by January 31, 2015, to receive full consideration by the study committee.

Read the interim report online.

These are potential issues that you might address in your comments:

  1. How to create advanced computing infrastructure that enables integrated discovery involving experiments, observations, analysis, theory, and simulation.
  2. Technical challenges to building future, more capable advanced computing systems and how NSF might best respond to them.
  3. The computing needs of individual research areas.
  4. How to balance resources and demand for the full spectrum of systems, for both compute- and data-intensive applications, and the impacts on the research community if NSF can no longer provide state-of-the-art computing for its research community.
  5. The role of private industry and other federal agencies in providing advanced computing infrastructure.
  6. The challenges facing researchers in obtaining allocations of advanced computing resources and suggestions for improving the allocation and review processes.
  7. Whether wider and more frequent collection of requirements for advanced computing could be used to inform strategic planning and resource allocation; how these requirements might be used; and how they might best be collected and analyzed.
  8. The tension between the benefits of competition and the need for continuity as well as alternative models that might more clearly delineate the distinction between performance review and accountability and organizational continuity and service capabilities.
  9. How NSF might best set overall strategy for advanced computing-related activities and investments as well as the relative merits of both formal, top-down coordination and enhanced, bottom-up process.