Less is more: An Alternative Approach to NSF Funding

From HPC Wire comes this story that includes some startling conclusions about the current state of HPC:
“Two weeks ago, Vijay K. Agarwala, director of Research Computing and Cyberinfrastructure Information Technology Services at Penn State, sent a letter to all members of the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC) regarding NSF funding of HPC at university-based research centers. In it, Vijay proposed an alternate strategy where a portion of the NSF funding destined for large-scale computing at a single large center be shifted to a number of smaller HPC systems in as many as 25 Tier 3 centers. The letter is intended to encourage members of CASC, an advocacy group for HPC and advanced computing technology, to consider some of letter’s recommendations and help shape funding priorities for the NSF.” Full Story

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FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

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