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University of Iowa official calls for supercomputers

May 22, 2013

IOWA CITY (AP) — The University of Iowa's vice president for research is expected to urge Congress to support funding to help develop the next generation of ultrafast supercomputers.

Daniel Reed was scheduled to testify today before a House subcommittee during a hearing on exascale computing, which involves building a supercomputer capable of performing a million trillion calculations. The U.S. and other countries are competing to build such a computer by 2020, and Reed says the machines could help solve complex societal questions.

Reed is expected to warn that the United States' superiority in high-performance computing is eroding and would be jeopardized without adequate funding and partnerships between the government and industry.

A former Microsoft executive, Reed is expected to warn that “economic and technical changes” could shift key research and development away from the U.S.

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