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THE WHITE HOUSE
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS:
I am pleased to forward with this letter High Performance Computing and Communications:
Advancing the Frontiers of Information Technology, which was prepared by the Computing,
Information, and Communications (CIC) R&D Subcommittee of the National Science and
Technology Council's (NSTC) Committee on Computing, Information, and Communications
(CCIC). This report, which supplements the President's Fiscal Year 1997 Budget, describes
the interagency High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) Program.
America is leading the way into the Information Age with its preeminence in the
development and deployment of information technologies. Under the HPCC Program, which
is often cited as a model for successful Federal multi-agency program coordination,
academia, industry, and Government have developed and exploited leading edge computing
and communications technologies to provide for more effective Government operations and to
boost the economic competitiveness of the U.S.
The HPCC Program will celebrate its fifth anniversary in October 1996 with an impressive
array of accomplishments to its credit. These range from underlying technologies in
computing and networking, to applications that meet the mission needs of the participating
The successes of the Program coupled with the changing role of information technology have
led to the creation of a broader R&D agenda that reflects long-term efforts in advanced
computing, information, and communications technologies built on the strong foundation of
the Federal HPCC Program. The new program focus areas continue the sustained, long-term
Federal commitment to accelerate the development of advanced technologies for the
Information Age. Interacting with the private sector and academia, the Federal departments
and agencies who participate in these programs have demonstrated their ability to closely
coordinate Government investments in these technologies to provide for the Nation's defense
and enhance the well-being of its citizens.
The CIC R&D Subcommittee and its member agencies have developed numerous successful
collaborative relationships with academia and industry. Many of these are highlighted in this
document. John C. Toole, Chair of the CIC R&D Subcommittee, many people in the HPCC
agencies, their associates, and staff are to be commended for their efforts.
J hn . Gibbons
Assistant to the President
Science and Technology
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