President Obama has released an executive order entitled “Creating a national strategic computing initiative” issuing demands to build the world’s first exascale computing system that will potentially power the country’s government departments and facilitate high-performance computing (HPC) research and development.
The plan to build a computing system that performs 1 million trillion floating-point operations per second or 1 exa-flops is impressive indeed, as it will surpass the capability of any existing supercomputers like China’s Tianhe-2.
Obama’s executive order describes the project as:
“[a] whole-of-government effort designed to create a cohesive, multi-agency strategic vision and Federal investment strategy, executed in collaboration with industry and academia, to maximize the benefits of HPC for the United States.”
The exascale super computer will be used by government organizations and law enforcements including NASA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
According to ZDNet, Obama believes that “increased demand for computing power and maintaining economic growth requires the high performance of next-generation computers.” Thus, the government seeks to implement the computing system facilitating public-private collaborative research and communication between government departments, institutions and partnering