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The goal of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community to debate longer range, more audacious research challenges; to build consensus around research visions; to evolve the most promising visions toward clearly defined initiatives; and to work with the funding organizations to move challenges and visions toward funding initiatives. The purpose of this blog is to provide a more immediate, online mechanism for dissemination of visioning concepts and community discussion/debate about them.

“Today’s Research is Tomorrow’s Infrastructure”

February 9th, 2009 / in research horizons, Uncategorized / by Ed Lazowska

An op-ed by the University of Washington’s Ed Lazowska and Sun Microsystems’ Bob Sproull appears today on the website of Scientists and Engineers for America.  They write:

“Congress is now debating the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Included in this package is over 10 billion dollars for science facilities, research, and instrumentation.

“The reason for this inclusion is simple: today’s research is tomorrow’s infrastructure.

“When our nation faces immediate challenges, the feasible solutions depend upon the ideas, resources, and designs that are “on the shelf,” ready to deploy …

“Increasingly, information technology is the cornerstone of America’s infrastructure. Today’s information technology research is a cornerstone of tomorrow’s infrastructure.”

Read the full editorial here.  A set of white papers describing the role of computing research in meeting the challenges of the 21st century is available here.

“Today’s Research is Tomorrow’s Infrastructure”


  1. The tele-immersive technologies are a true NEXT STEP in the collaborative infrastructure efforts. Indeed what is needed to scaled up so that every class romm can benefit, every medical center and patients in their home can use and every design center georgaphically distributed can make use of it.