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Security officials urge more research into supercomputing

The nation’s investment in supercomputing research and development has played a crucial role in national security, but more investment is needed to resolve numerous computational problems, a key National Security Agency (NSA) official said on Wednesday. George Cotter, chief of NSA’s Office of Corporate Assessments, said the conclusion of a congressionally mandated study on high-end computing R&D determined a need for faster computing to enable the military to create better weapons, aircraft and ships, as well as to improve the nation’s ability to monitor its nuclear-weapons stockpile. Faster computers also are needed to analyze intelligence data and build better mapping capabilities for the military, he said. “We have to continue to invest in R&D in these systems,” Cotter told attendees of an Army High-Performance Computing Research Center luncheon. “The problem is, [right now] our capacity is limited.” Full Story

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