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NSF planning major new computing initiative

The National Science Foundation is planning up to a $1 billion upgrade of the computing infrastructure supporting its research and engineering activities. Dubbed the Cyberinfrastructure Initiative, the project will run for five years, beginning with fiscal year 2005, according to Gregory Andrews, division director for experimental and integrative activities at NSF. Andrews spoke to federal IT project managers and academic grantees of the NSF’s Digital Government Research Program, which is holding its annual conference this week. “This has the potential to have a broad impact on many people’s live,” Andrews said. The additions to NSF’s existing complex of supercomputers and networks were recommended earlier this year by a blue-ribbon commission. It recommended asking Congress for $1 billion, but Andrews said that in the current federal budget climate, the Cyberinfrastructure Initiative would more likely receive closer to $500 million. Full Story

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