Provide input to the PCAST review of the NITRD program!

July 5th, 2010 by Ed Lazowska Post a comment »

Congress mandates periodic assessments of the federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program — the program under which 14 federal agencies coordinate their investments in order to maintain America’s leadership in information technology.

The history of these assessments goes back to the Brooks/Sutherland National Academies study in 1995, and includes several reviews by the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (in particular the landmark 1999 PITAC report), and most recently a 2007 assessment by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).  The impact of these assessments on the direction of the NITRD program has been significant.

The  White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has convened a working group to conduct a new assessment, under the auspices of PCAST.  The assessment is to be carried out this summer.

Ed Lazowska (University of Washington, and chair of the Computing Community Consortium) co-chairs the working group, along with PCAST member David Shaw (D.E. Shaw Research).  Other members of the working group are Francine Berman (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Stephen Brobst (Teradata Corporation), Randal Bryant (Carnegie Mellon University), Mark Dean (IBM Research), Deborah Estrin (UCLA), Ed Felten (Princeton University), Susan Graham (UC Berkeley), Bill Gropp (University of Illinois), Anita Jones (University of Virginia), Michael Kearns (University of Pennsylvania), Paul Kurtz (Good Harbor Consulting), and Bob Sproull (Sun Labs).

Members of the research community are invited to provide input to working group members regarding the nation’s IT R&D portfolio.

  • ruzenabajcsy

    I am quite fmailiar with NITRD but how can we comment if do not see their accomplishments, where can find it?

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  • Kenneth A. Lloyd

    Dear PCAST Members,

    Please be aware of the vast amout of privately funded research being done in small, high performance businesses. Information representing substantial progress has, and is being made in the area of HPC, petascale and exascale computing. All substrantial progress in this area does not eminate from the universities and large corporate research centers. In fact, much Federal funding of certain “research” areas is in direct competition to this private effort. Finally, much progress was held in abeyance, waiting on the In Re Bilski decision.

    I suggest a collaboration architecture be created that will protect invention and innovation in order to forward the state of the art. Most efforts I see run counter to this objective.

    Kenneth A. Lloyd
    CEO – Director of Systems Science
    Watt Systems Technologies Inc.
    Albuquerque, NM USA